Hershey senior Emily Barr signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play volleyball for McCook Community College.

Playing college volleyball has been her goal since she was a freshman in high school.

“I just realized that I loved the sport so much that I didn’t want to stop playing after high school,” she said.

She is excited to be going to McCook.

“Some other schools looked at me and I went on my own and looked at some others, but McCook’s coach (Haley Kobza) was awesome and when I went and practiced with the team, they were so supportive and helped me,” Barr said. “I really liked the environment.”

McCook coach Hayley Kobza recruited Barr after Hershey coach Amy Beyer contacted her.

“I graduated from Hershey in 2006. Coach Beyer was my coach so I always keep in touch with her and try to get local kids,” Kobza said.

Kobza watched her and decided she would be a good fit for the McCook program.

“She is a good kid and I will expect a lot out of her. I think she can be a freshman that can come in and play right from the get-go,” Kobza said.

Barr will probably be a middle blocker for the team.

“She will come in and learn that position and be ready to play at the next level. And she will be a good student. That is another plus, Hershey always has really good students,” Kobza said.

Beyer has coached Barr since junior high school.

“I am actually very excited that Emily will be playing locally,” she said. “I talked to her folks and told her that Hayley is probably one of the best coaches around here and she is very family orientated. Of course, Hayley played for me many years ago, it makes me feel old. But she is getting a good player with Emily.”

She thinks Barr will be a good player at the junior college.

“McCook has a strong program with a nice dynamic coming back next year. They are very competitive but I am sure that Emily can contribute right away for them,” Beyer said.

Barr plans to become a veterinary technician. She is not sure of her plans after McCook.

“I have been thinking about it but first I will just see where this goes,” she said.

She is the daughter of Bob and Barbara Barr of North Platte. Her brother J.D. plays football for Doane University in Crete.