Pair of Blossoms pursue collegiate ball
Blooming Prairie seniors Megan Oswald and Micalyn Trihus had already done the hard part by deciding where they wanted to continue to play collegiate basketball and volleyball, respectively, and on Wednesday, Nov. 11, they did the easy part: signing their national letter of intent to make their decisions official.
Oswald will continue her basketball career at the University of Jamestown in Jamestown, N.D., and Trihus will continue her volleyball career at Bemidji State University.
Oswald, who has been playing on the varsity basketball team since she was an eighth grader, said playing collegiate basketball has long been her goal.
“Playing basketball in college has always been a dream of mine. I love the sport and all the memories and relationships it offers and helps build throughout the years. So many good memories were made in high school and I just wanted to continue to develop my skills in college. I think there is always room for improvement, so I am looking forward to playing as a Jimmie,” she said.
A couple reasons she’s anxious to play for the Jimmies are their up-tempo playing style and getting to play with other talented and competitive players.
“I loved the pace of the game Jamestown plays because they like to push the ball. Everyone I met was already a good player, but you can tell that they had the desire to win and get better as a basketball program, so I was very drawn in by that,” Oswald said.
Despite everything the Jimmies’ basketball program offers, she said committing to them wasn’t an easy decision.
“It was a very difficult decision for me because it is far away from home. I realized in the end that I could come home if I needed to, but Jamestown would take care of me and would have everything I need,” she explained.
In addition to basketball, Jamestown will also take care of her academically. She has already been accepted into their nursing program and she hopes to become a traveling nurse, an ER nurse or a flight nurse after graduation. Trihus, a four-year starter for the Awesome Blossoms’ volleyball team, said Bemidji State is the right school and volleyball program for her because, “They have a great nursing program and I love the people.”
Some of the people she’s grown to love are her future coaches.
“The coaches built relationships with me and I knew that even if I didn’t choose Bemidji they would still be happy for me and want the best for me,” she said.
Other reasons Bemidji State appealed to Trihus are because she’d get to stay somewhat close to home and play in a competitive Division II conference.
“Staying close was a big deal to me. I am very close with my family and it was important to me that they would be able to come to some of my games," she said. "The Northern Sun [Intercollegiate] Conference has such a high level of play and I knew that I wanted to be in a competitive program."
She noted that the Bemidji State coaches believe she can compete at such a high level thanks to her leadership qualities and work ethic.
Her strong work ethic will also come in handy academically. She plans to major in nursing and hopes to become a nurse practitioner.
However, before she graduates and begins her profession, she has two goals she hopes to accomplish during her time at Bemidji State. “I would love to help Bemidji State continue to improve and become a really competitive program. I would also like to graduate with honors.”