While York County fans will always claim Ivory Latta as one of their own, we must concede that her fan base has expanded a bit. That was evident last week when Latta's Tar Heel jersey was retired by the University of North Carolina.
Latta, an all-American guard at UNC who finished her collegiate career with 2,285 points, the most in school history, is only the second player in the program's history to have her jersey retired. The other belonged to current assistant coach Charlotte Smith.
Latta has accumulated numerous honors over the years, but maintains a soft spot in her heart for York Comprehensive High School, where her No. 12 jersey also was retired. The wall where her jersey resides there also includes donated jerseys from UNC and the Detroit Shock.
Latta was a three-time All-American as well as a consensus first-teamer in 2006 and 2007. She was named National Player of the Year in 2006, which was the basis for retiring her Tar Heel jersey.
The ceremony took place during half-time at last Saturday's UNC-Georgia Tech game, which UNC won, 99-78. Latta remarked that she would always be a Tar Heel.
And she'll always be a star in the eyes of her thousands of fans.