East athletes sign with local colleges

When Zach Sanders and Kira Singer head to their respective colleges in a couple months, they’ll be able to draw upon a little familiarity.

Sanders is heading to Hanover to play basketball, where teammate and classmate Kevin Williams also is committed. Singer will run cross-country and track at DePauw, the school that both her mother and father attended.

Both athletes announced their decisions Friday during a signing ceremony at East.

“Actually, (DePauw) was one of the schools that I didn’t want to apply to because a lot of my family had gone there, and I wanted to stray away from that,” Singer said. “Then I started talking to the cross-country coach and the track coach, and I visited. Then I got into their media fellows program, so that was really exciting because it will open up a lot of opportunities for my future career.”

Singer plans to major in communications media and Spanish, while Sanders will enter Hanover’s business program. Both are receiving academic scholarships.

Sanders scored 14.5 points a game and shot 45 percent from 3-point range for the Olympians this season. He said Hanover became interested in him last summer and asked him to come on a visit.

“I went on a visit, and I really liked the campus, and I really liked the guys on the team,” Sanders said. “I felt like it was the best fit for me. Plus, even better, Kevin was going there, so I knew someone that was on the team.”