Marietta High’s Hannah Kroft commits to playing hoops at Marietta College

Photo by Ron Johnston Sitting, left to right are Kirsten Kroft (sister), Braxtyn Kroft (sister), Hannah Kroft, and Brecken Kroft (brother). Standing, left to right are Ben Kroft (father) and Nancy Kroft (mother)

Hannah Kroft was faced with a tough decision as to what sport to play at the collegiate level.

The Marietta High senior three-sport standout in basketball, volleyball, and softball made that choice and to where she will be attending Friday afternoon in a commitment ceremony in the lobby of Sutton Gymnasium.

“I’ve decided to play basketball in college,” said the 18-year Kroft. “Basketball became my favorite over the past two years.

“I’ve also decided to stay home and play at Marietta College. I just love the atmosphere there. On campus, I feel like I’m in a total different area in my own little town away.”

Kroft paused.

“Coach (Kole) Vivian and the coaching staff were so welcoming and open — and I just loved it.”

Kroft said she also considered the University of Charleston and Baldwin-Wallace.

“You know, I’m really proud of Hannah,” said Marietta High head girls basketball coach Allen Ruth. “She works really hard being a three-sport athlete.

“It was a difficult decision for her as to which way she wanted to pursue her college career. She chose basketball…and she’s a really good volleyball player, and she excels at softball, too.”

Marietta College is an NCAA Division III school and a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference. The Pioneer women cagers are coached by Kole Vivian.

“Marietta College is not only getting a kid who works hard on the basketball floor,” Ruth said. “They’re also getting her leadership in the locker room and the classroom. They’re getting a really good kid. She’s very coachable.”

With current MC player Alexis Enochs scheduled to graduate in the spring, Kroft is expected to be a leading candidate for the post position on the Pioneer team.

“I’m wanting to finish my senior year as a Tiger strong, and then I’m going to work my butt off over the summer,” Kroft said.

At MC, Kroft is planning to major in athletic training with a major in biology.

Kroft owns a 3.8 GPA at MHS. She said her favorite subjects are history and science.

“I also like math when I understand it,” said Kroft, smiling.

A 6-foot-1 pivot player, Kroft was an Ohio Division I honoree (honorable mention) last season. Currently, she is averaging a team-high 14.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per games for the Tigers, who are 10-5 overall and 8-2 in the East Central Ohio League.

“It’s been a team effort this year,” Kroft said. “And I love my team.”

Last week in a Tiger win against Meadowbrook, Kroft drained her first career 3-pointer.

“I make them in practice all the time,” she said.

Last season as a junior, Kroft had a double-double with 28 points and 21 rebounds in 74-63 win against Warren at Sutton Gym. She also had a career-high 29 points in a tournament game at MC’s Ban Johnson Arena over the Christmas break.

“I like the court over there,” Kroft said.

Kroft is the daughter of Ben and Nancy Kroft.

Ron Johnston can be reached at rjohnston@mariettatimes.com