Righetti’s Paityn Persson Takes Talent to Emerson College, Boston |
Paityn Persson takes his talents to Boston.
The Righetti High player will join the Emerson College women’s basketball team in the fall.
The senior won’t just take her basketball skills to the East Coast, however.
Persson is also a skilled musician, who can sing, play guitar and produce music. She will put these skills to good use in her studies at Emerson, the small private university in Boston’s Theater District.
“I worked really hard to achieve this and I have to thank my teammates and coaches for bringing me here,” Persson said on Saturday. “I’m really grateful that Emerson’s coach is giving me this opportunity and that I can study what I love about a big city. I’m proud of myself for doing this.”
Persson had to work to secure a place at Emerson. She emailed several East Coast coaches looking for a spot on the list. She says Emerson’s coaches contacted her almost immediately and were interested in her play movie.
“I went to their website, sent my movie to their trainer and he got back to me within 24 hours,” Persson said. He said, ‘Let’s talk about it. I want you on the team. “Then I started to look into school and they had exactly the major that I wanted to do. It’s a creative arts school.”
Paityn’s father, Jeff Persson, was a star backer in Righetti who played soccer in San Jose state. Her mother Melinda Miller was an outstanding basketball player under coach Harold Oliveira.
Jeff Persson is also a music producer himself.
Paityn Persson says she will be majoring in Creative Business Trade.
“I can get into film and music production,” Persson said. “I want to get into the music and film production industry. My dad is a music producer. He produces bands and stuff and has a whole studio set up. I’ve always been in the music part. I started to look at the cinema side. I would like to work with actors and filmmakers. “
Persson produces and writes some of his own music. She serenaded her teammates at Saturday’s rally in Orcutt to celebrate her signing with Emerson.
On Righetti’s basketball court, Persson, a 5-foot-10 center, provides size, rebound, defense and score. She played at a college in her freshman season and has contributed significantly at the college level for the past three seasons.
Righetti, the No.2 seed in the CIF Middle Section Division 1 playoffs, welcomes Bakersfield Stockdale in the first round on Thursday.
Righetti’s coach Desiree Hitch says Persson picked up the game in the eighth and learned it quickly.
“She’s a natural athlete,” Hitch said. “She’s tough and learns so fast. By the time she was in second grade, she was already a key player for me. Off the pitch, she really takes care of classroom affairs. honors the courses and an AVID student. She would always help other girls who might have had difficulty in their classes. She was known for it. “
Hitch summed up Persson on the court: “She catches boards. She knows how to throw her body where she thinks the ball is going to go and she catches it.”
Paityn’s mother Melinda was very impressed with how her daughter took the initiative to pursue her dream of playing college basketball.
“It was always a goal for her growing up – wanting to go to college and play basketball,” Melinda said. “When COVID happened, we didn’t know what was going to happen next. But she took the bull by the horns. She sent a bunch of emails. She sent her climax movie and Emerson was the # 1 choice because of the creativity side of the arts. A lot of people don’t know that she is a singer / songwriter and she has that creative side. “
Lions are a Division III program and participate in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. They turned 15-11 last season. Bill Gould has been the team’s head coach since 2007. He is assisted by Shannon Norton.