Immanuel College's commitment to girls' basketball and netball was rewarded last month with high-performance squads in both sports taking out three state titles in the School Sport SA Knockout State Championships.
And in a testament to the strength of country sport in SA, 16 of the girls across the three high performance teams (Open A Basketball, Open A Netball, 10 Academy Netball) hail from Country SA.
In Immanuel Basketball, the Open A Girls coached by Bendigo Spirit head coach and former Adelaide 36ers assistant coach Tracy York, took out back-to-back State Knockout Championships.
Last year they won silver at the National Championships Grand Final and head back to Nationals later this year to hopefully go one better and win the national title.
Immanuel boarder and Naracoorte local Sophie Miles is part of the State Champion Open A Basketball side, joining the team this year as point guard.
She was also recognised at the State Championship in the top five players in SA for school basketball. Coach Tracy York said: "Sophie is a great asset to the team and played exceptionally well during the State Knockout finals which helped lead the team to the Championship."
The team boasts a depth of basketball talent including U17 Australian squad member and Premier League player Gabi Vidmar, and Bella Stratford, who has signed with the Bendigo Spirit in the WNBL for the 2019/20 season.
In Immanuel Netball, the Open A side showed resilience and spirit, coming from behind in three out of four games to win the grand final of the State Knockout Championship 44-40.
''Our full-court defensive pressure wore the opposition down," coach Sarah Vidmar (Angove), who is a Premier League assistant coach and former State and National League player, said.
Immanuel has won five State Knockout Netball titles in the Open A division since 2010, including four titles in the past six campaigns.
Immanuel has more than 230 students in its renowned netball program, which recognises girls play sport for many different reasons.
Professionalism is bumped up in the college's high-performance teams, with specialist coaches at the top of their game supporting girls to be the best they can be.
Immanuel College has a rich history in netball, with many Old Scholars as current or former national-level players.
These include Australian Diamonds and Sydney Swifts player Sarah Klau, Adelaide Thunderbirds players Hannah Petty, Cody Lange and Maisie Nankivell, and Thunderbirds training partners Emily Burgess and Year 12 netball talent Georgie Horjus (Kangaroo Island).
Former Australian players Natalie and Laura von Bertouch and Lauren Nourse sit proudly on Immanuel's Sports Hall of Fame.