By Ray Hamill — If it’s been a challenging year for most student athletes here on the North Coast, it’s been even more so for Bobbie Purify.
The former Eureka Logger, however, has faced those challenges head on and is now looking forward to yet another new start on the basketball court and closing out her collegiate playing career on a high.
This fall, the 2016 Eureka High graduate will take her talents to William Jessup University in Rocklin, her fourth college in five years.
Her long and winding journey began when she red-shirted for one year at the Oregon Institute of Technology, before she returned home to play two very formative years at College of the Redwoods.
Last year, Purify moved on to play at Notre Dame de Namur, but after just one season there the Argonauts were forced to drop all their sports programs for budgetary reasons.
“Honestly it’s been kind of hard because each school has different requirements for classes,” Purify said. “And I’ve had to adjust to a new team every year, but I’ve been able to make it work.”
Purify quickly secured the transfer to William Jessup, a private Christian school, after the coaches there heavily recruited her.
“One thing (Notre Dame) did for us, is they put all their athletes on transfer protocol,” Purify said. “I had a lot of coaches reach out, but (William Jessup) were the ones that were interested the most.”
Switching programs is not the only challenge Purify has had to face since moving on from CR a year ago.
During her time at Notre Dame de Namur, she was plagued with sickness and missed several games, finally undergoing surgery to remove her tonsils and solve the problem in January.
“It was a little rough,” said Purify, who is 100 percent healthy again. “I was super sick until the end of the year, and that was kind of hard.”
Purify averaged 18 minutes a game, scoring 5.3 points on .393 percent shooting.
Now she is ready for a new challenge with a program that has enjoyed success in recent years, and one that announced the hiring of new head coach Hernando Planells just this week.
And Purify says her time at CR, playing for coaches Jain Tuey and Darren Turpin, were hugely influential for her in helping prepare her for the next level.
“I honestly enjoyed my experience at CR,” said Purify, who played for Tuey in her first two years there as head coach. “I could see how she grew as a coach in her second year, her and Darren. They were pushing me harder because they knew I would be pushed harder at the next level, and they were always holding me accountable.”
This spring and summer Purify has been back in Humboldt and working out almost daily at the Redwood Bowl with two other former Loggers, Cruz Montana and Josiah Graham.
She’s also been shooting a lot of hoops on her own, trying to stay sharp during the lockdown, like many other local athletes, and preparing full steam for a season.
“As of right now, we’re on, full-go,” she said.
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