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Mount Ida College closure disrupts plans for local basketball player

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EASTHAM, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

The recent announcement that Mount Ida College would close at the end of this school year, and that it would be acquired by UMass Amherst left many students with an uncertain future. 

Now, a student athlete from Easthampton now doesn't have a college to go to in the fall. 
 
Sopie Peck is only a month away from graduating from Easthampton High School. 

After a successful basketball career as an eagle, he was committed to play at Mount Ida. 

 "I was in the gym with my brother, we were playing basketball, then I got a text from my coach saying to call him right away," said Peck. 
 
When he made the call, he learned that Mount Ida was closing after they were bought out by UMass.

"I felt that everything had worked out perfectly for me and then it all went downhill. So now I'm still looking for a college," Peck continued. 
 
Peck hoped to study computer science or graphic design and play for the men's basketball team at Mount Ida. 

With the college deposit deadline come and gone, he now has to start over and look for somewhere to not only get an education, but play at the next level.
 
"I've narrowed it down to 3 to 5 colleges. I'm hoping I find a place that feels like home," Peck added. 
 
After an overwhelming process the first time around, now he's planning on making a decision in the next few weeks. 

College coaches understood the tough situation he and other athletes from Mount Ida are in.

Peck told Western Mass News he's grateful for everyone who has been helping him reach out to schools, and he doesn't know if he could do it without the help of this town.
 
"My coaches and trainer are all supporting me throughout this whole process, helping me look for colleges. That's very helpful. I love Easthampton," said Peck. 
 
With a big decision to make, he is still spending his time in the gym while working on his game with dreams to play next year.
 
Even though this process has been tough, Peck said he thinks its all going to work out in the end. 

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