May 23, 2024

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Quabbin senior Julia Hamel to enroll at Worcester State, join women’s basketball program

Taking part in a family photo last month when Julia Hamel signed her commitment letter to attend Worcester State University is (left-to-right): nephew Tyler Gallant, sister Miranda Hamel, father Dennis Hamel, Julia Hamel, sister Kayla Gallant, mother Amie Hamel and nephew Weston Hiltz.

BARRE — Living the dream.

That’s how Quabbin Regional senior Julia Hamel feels these days, having signed a commitment letter last month to attend Worcester State University, where the 18-year-old will enroll as an early childhood education major and become a member of the Lancers’ women’s basketball program.

“Worcester State has actually been my dream school, my No. 1 school since I was in the sixth grade,” Hamel said during a phone interview recently. “It’s always been where I wanted to go. But, it also helped that the basketball program is amazing and the school’s early childhood education major is considered one of the top programs of its kind in New England.”

Hamel, a senior captain for the Panthers this season, averaged 8.2 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists per game while helping to lead Quabbin to an 11-1 record and the Pod 6 championship. After starting 1-1, the Panthers won their final 11 games. Quabbin, the top seed, knocked off Leominster, the No. 3 seed, 47-40, in the title game.