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Humboldt will still kick their axe

Family and friends haven’t been able to see many of Alan Case’s collegiate basketball games so far. But that shouldn’t be the case next season with the South Tahoe High product taking his all-around talents to California State University-Chico in Chico, Calif.

Case, the 1997-98 Northern Nevada League MVP, signed a letter of intent last month to play men’s basketball for the Wildcats of the NCAA Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association.

“I’m glad everything worked out and I can come closer to home to play basketball,” said Case, who played for Moorpark College for the past two seasons.

Case said several other colleges expressed interest, but Chico State had the inside track on the 1999-2000 Western State Conference honorable mention player from the outset of last season.

“We kept in contact every week with Chico State, and when it was convenient I made it up there and really like the campus,” he said.

Case also likes what Wildcats coach Prescott “Puck” Smith has in store for him.

“It’s definitely nice that I can go up there and play more than one position. It will be a good situation for the team and me,” said the 6-foot-4 Case.

Case averaged nearly 13 points per game last season as Moorpark improbably advanced to the semifinals of the California state junior college tournament.

“I’m really happy with what we accomplished in two years,” Case said. “We went from a losing record to the final four … that’s a big turnaround. Moorpark definitely helped me become a better player and gain some experience.”

And Case is appreciative of how Tom Orlich’s STHS program furthered his basketball career.

“The main thing about Tahoe basketball is it turns out fundamental players,” Case said. “Colleges mainly recruit athletes, but people who come out of the Tahoe program really know how to play.”

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