LA JUNTA – Aubry Boehme, a 6’0 post player for the Otero Junior College women’s basketball team the past two seasons, has recently been honored with a special request. The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn. has asked to ‘borrow’ Beoehme’s # 42 jersey to display in the Hall’s “Ring of Honor” for the next year in recognition of her outstanding play for the 2011-2012 season.
According to Josh Sullivan, director of Basketball Relations for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, the “Ring of Honor” is one the Hall’s most popular exhibits. “Not only does the “Ring of Honor” provide a colorful backdrop to the Hall of Fame’s many archives, but it is also our way of recognizing some young basketball players for their achievements in the sport,” said Sullivan. “In doing so, we are fulfilling our mission to honor the past, celebrate the present and promote the future of women’s basketball,” he said.
Sullivan said that there are currently over 100 jerseys hang in the “Ring of Honor” including high school and college All-Americans from past seasons. “Since the Hall opened in 1999, you can imagine the caliber of players’ jerseys that have once hung in our rafters. Without a doubt, Aubry Boehme is definitely a part of an elite group, and part of history now too,” he said.
Aubry Boehme was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) All American First Team this past season. Her nomination to the All American First Team places her in the top 10 players in the nation for junior colleges. Boehme’s selection came on the heels of the Lady Rattler’s first appearance in March in the NJCAA National Tournament in Salina, Kan., after winning the Region IX championship.
Boehme, from Smithfield, Utah, has moved into the #2 all-time scoring-positions for OJC women’s basketball. She scored 1041 points for her two-year career at OJC, being only the second player to reach 1000 points in a career. Boehme also broke the school record for steals in a season (100), for blocks in a career (94) and for field goal percentage in a career (.552).
At the end of her freshman year in 2011, Boehme led the Lady Ratters to the Region IX championship game where they were named runner-ups. She was selected to the All-Tournament team and the All-Region team and was named to the Academic All-Region team for 2011. In July of 2011, Boehme was selected to play in the NJCAA All Star game at Pensacola State College in Florida.
This past season as a sophomore, Boehme once again led the Lady Rattlers into the championship game for Region IX, and this year, the Rattlers came out the champions, a first-time award in the team’s history.
Boehme was named to the Region IX All-Tournament and All-Region Team for 2012. She was pivotal in leading the Lady Rattlers to a 33-3 season (most wins ever) and their first-ever appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament where they captured two wins and finished 8th in the National Tournament.
Upon learning that she had been selected to the NJCAA All American First Team and then having the request for her jersey to hang in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, the soft spoken and humble Boehme said she had a hard time wrapping her head around the magnitude of her accomplishments.
“These are amazing honor and they mean so much to me, but it’s still hard for me to wrap my head around it all. I know I’ve been successful, but I know I still have a lot to improve on. I never would’ve imagined getting anything like this when I decided to come to Otero two years ago,” she said.
Boehme said she originally came to Otero for the opportunity to play with her two best friends, Taylor Rock and Nicole Hansen; all three were teammates from Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah.
“I not only wanted to continue playing with my former teammates, I really wanted to play for Coach Taylor Wagner. I felt like he was a good person and would help me become a better person and player,” said Boehme.
Over the past two years, Boehme said her experience as a student at OJC has been rewarding and life-changing. “I’ve enjoyed learning at Otero. It’s a great school and I’m so glad I came here to further my education. Because of some of the teachers I’ve had here, they’ve influenced my decision about what I want to do with the rest of my life,” she said.
Boehme graduated from OJC in April and will now move on to attend the University of Wyoming where she will pursue a bachelor’s degree and play basketball for the UW Cowgirls. Her future academic and career plans are to earn a degree in secondary math education. Upon completing her degree, she plans to become a middle school math teacher.