February 1, 2011

At college, former Deering standout is learning quickly

Claire Ramonas is making an immediate impact at Regis.

By Mike Lowe mlowe@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Claire Ramonas has experienced ups and downs as a freshman at Regis College, but the positives have outweighed the negatives, and she’s among the team leaders in several categories.

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"The mental aspect and the quickness, the strength, everything," she said. "Jumping from high school to college is a completely different game. It's just so much more pressure on you, so much more on your body, so much more mentally, and you just have to focus and get off a three-hour bus ride and play."

She loves Regis, the campus in Weston, Mass., its academics -- she is studying elementary education and hopes one day to be a teacher/coach -- and her teammates, and credits them with much of her success.

"I think the captains and the rest of the upperclassmen on the team, as well as the whole coaching staff, have taken me under their wings and told me where to go, what to do," said Ramonas.

"They've helped me on and off the court and helped me learn all the plays and told me what the whole college basketball experience is about. I think that's why I've been successful."

Ramonas didn't decide on Regis until last May – very late in the recruiting process. She wanted to make sure she was making the right decision.

Plant, who had been recruiting Ramonas since her junior season at Deering, called it a very long process.

"She made me work," said Plant. "But it was worth it."


Staff Writer Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or at: mlowe@pressherald.com


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