High school rivals will be college teammates
by Dennis Sharkey
Oskaloosa senior Haley Pfau and Jefferson County North senior Jordan Kramer are bitter rivals on the basketball and volleyball courts but the best of friends outside of high school sports.
Outside of high school the two girls have played with each other on summer club teams since seventh grade only to face off against each other at their respective schools. Now the two will team up on the collegiate basketball court as teammates at Washburn University next fall.
“I always wanted us to be able to go to the same school but I didn’t know if it would ever happen,” Pfau said. “I feel fortunate to be able to go on and play with her.”
“Haley is one of my best friends and just to be able to go on and do what I love with her is really awesome,” Kramer said.
The two girls have sometimes been mistaken for twins and both finish each other’s sentences for one another.
When the two have free time they like to seek out the local Applebee’s restaurant where they order the same entree.
When asked if they both enjoy beating each other they both looked at each other before saying “yes” in unison.
“We love each other but we have that competitiveness,” Pfau said.
“It makes it more fun because we are competing against each other,” Kramer said. ““We definitely push each other.”
The two girls faced each other in the Class 2A volleyball sub-state finals in October. Both gave each other a hug before the match knowing that one’s season would continue on to the state tournament while the other’s would be ending.
Pfau’s team won and continued on. Kramer sought out Pfau after the celebration to congratulate her.
“Before and after the game we’re friends,” Kramer said. “We’re happy for the other person but at the same time you’re sad that you lost.”
Pfau and Kramer already have plans of being roommates when they go to school. Both said it only makes sense because they stay with each other so much in the off-season.
“We already have kind of a good feel for each other,” Kramer said. “We know how it’s going to work.”
Both started getting looks from Washburn Head Coach Ron McHenry during their junior years but McHenry got to see how the girls played with each other during summer leagues.
Pfau and Kramer are going to one of the top women’s basketball programs in Division II. The Lady Blues are a perennial tournament team and won the national championship in 2005. Currently the Lady Blues are 6-1 and ranked No. 10 in the country.
“I always thought well maybe we will be at different schools but still get to play each other,” Pfau said. “But I feel after all these years we get to come together.”
“I’m pumped,” Kramer said.
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