By BRAD SALMEN
Dassel-Cokato senior softball player Brooke Koelln will continue her softball career at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul.
Northwestern-St. Paul is an NCAA Division III school, that participates in the UMAC (Upper Midwest Athletic Conference).
Last season, the Eagles finished with a 27-15 record, and won the UMAC championship tournament.
The team advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament, where they lost to St. Thomas and Wartburg in the first two rounds.
Koelln said she first visited the campus last October, when she was invited to an overnight softball camp.
She spent the day with some of the players and coaches, and slept in the dorms to get the full experience.
That experience pushed her towards choosing UNW in the end.
“I got the full experience. It was very fun for me, and something that really pulled me towards choosing Northwestern,” Koelln said.
Koelln had offers from four other Division III schools in the area, and seriously considered Concordia-Moorhead for her final choice.
But in the end, Northwestern best fit her preferences.
“The campus is smaller, which is what I was looking for in a college, and it is very well kept. The people there are also really nice,” Koelln said. “I felt at home there.”
Northwestern head coach Alicia du’Monceaux was unavailable for comment.
DC head coach Wendy Runquist said Koelln is a very knowledgeable, well-rounded player who will be an asset for Northwestern.
“Brooke has played the game throughout her life, and has committed much of her time to hone her skills. She will be a great asset to any team she plays on,” said Runquist. “The disruption of this season is a disappointment for all of us, but sure is heartbreaking for the seniors like Brooke.
“Luckily for Brooke, she will be playing softball next year in college. I wish her the best,” she said.
Koelln said she plans to major in Biology, with an Environmental emphasis.