MOORHEAD, Minn. (MSUM Athletics) -- Below is a recap of Minnesota State Moorhead's early signing day.
MSUM Women's Basketball Signs McKeever, Ritchie and Tornstrom
Minnesota State University Moorhead women's basketball coach Karla Nelson has announced the signing of three recruits for the 2019-20 season. Signing National Letters of Intent for the Dragons are Mariah McKeever of Ada, Minn., Gabby Ritchie of Prairie du Chien, Wis., and Katie Tornstrom of Caledonia, Minn.
"Our 2019 recruiting class includes three hard-working individuals who have been extremely successful in the classroom and in every sport they have ever played. They each have a special skill set on the floor that will help strengthen next year's roster," Nelson said. "We all have been waiting with much anticipation for today and we are more than happy that Mariah, Gabby, and Katie chose to be a part of our Dragon family."
McKeever is a 5-foot-7 guard from Ada-Borup High School. She has scored more than 1,300 career points and was an all-state selection last season. McKeever is a three-time all-conference selection and averaged 16 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game. McKeever has played for the Minnesota Fury AAU team for six years.
"Mariah is a combo guard who brings a tremendous work ethic to the gym every day," Nelson said. "That is going to fit right into our program and we are excited about the grittiness to her game. Defensively, you will see Mariah create a lot of problems because she works so hard. Her willingness to work will help her throughout her college career."
Ritchie is a 6-foot-2 forward from Prairie du Chien High School. She is a two-time all-conference selection in basketball and a four-year letter winner. She has played for the AAU Hoop Stars team for five years.
"Gabby is post player who can play with her back to the basket and stretch the defense with her outside shooting," Nelson said. "We love her size, which will be an added dimension to our post game. We look forward to coaching her up and seeing her grow within our program."
Tornstrom is a 5-foot-10 guard from Caledonia High School. She was all-conference in 2017-18 after earning all-conference honorable mention honors the previous two seasons. She has scored more than 1,000 career points. Last season she averaged 15.0 points, 3.5 assists and 7.0 rebounds per game.
"Plain and simple, Katie is a basketball player. She has a great sense for the game and can absolutely score the basketball in a variety of ways," Nelson said. "She brings a ton of positive attributes to both ends of the floor. Her teammates are going to love playing with her and our staff is going to enjoy coaching her every day."
Dragon Women's Soccer Signs 8 for 2019
Minnesota State University Moorhead head soccer coach Christie Kopietz has announced the addition of eight student-athletes for the 2019 season. These individuals signed national letters of intent on Wednesday as the fall signing period commenced.
Here is a look at the Dragon recruits:
Jalyn Bauer (5-5, MF, Horace, N.D./West Fargo Sheyenne HS)
Will be a four-year letter winner this spring…has one career goal and 12 career assists…has started 26 games past two seasons…part of state runner-up team in 2018…played for Tri City and West Fargo Club teams…plans to major in construction management.
"Jalyn is a central midfielder. She has a great engine which allows her to cover ground in the midfield," Kopietz said. "Her athleticism will be a great addition to the team."
Tianna Daniels (5-8, F, West Fargo, N.D./Sheyenne HS)
Three-year letterwinner…played for Club Team - Menace past three years…earned Golden Boot Award for club team…part of state runner-up team in 2017-18…had three goals and six assists in junior season…selected for Olympic Development Program…will complete senior season this spring…plans to major in forensic psychology.
"Tianna has a knack for finding the back of the net," Kopietz said. "She is deceptively fast and is always looking to score goals. She will add to our attack as a forward."
Mckenzie Ickert (5-5, F, Waconia, Minn./Waconia HS)
All-state second team as a senior…honorable mention all-conference twice…had 21 career goals and 19 career assists…part of two straight conference title teams…plans to major in health and medical sciences.
"McKenzie has great work rate and will run through a brick wall to get to the goal or the ball," Kopietz said. "She will most likely find herself as an attacking player for us."
Callyn Johnson (5-5, MF, West Fargo, N.D./West Fargo HS)
Started 34 games as a sophomore and freshman…has one career goal and eight assists…four-year letter winner…Defensive MVlP and Rookie of the Year as a freshman…,missed junior season with injury, will complete senior season this spring…biology and medical sciences major.
"Callyn is very creative and has good vision," Kopietz said. "I think she will find herself in the midfield in an attacking role."
Jacie Osier (5-3, MF/F, Kindred, N.D./Kindred HS)
Has started since freshman season for West Fargo…had five career goals and 12 career assists…lead team with six assists as a junior…four-year letter winner…has competed for Tri-City Soccer Club since 2017…plans to major in biology.
"Jacie is a crafty, hardworking attacking player," Kopietz said. "She has good ideas on an off the ball and will find herself either as a midfielder or a forward."
Megan Pump (5-7, D, Sioux Falls, S.D./Roosevelt HS)
Four-year starter with 40 career starts…had three goals and two assists as a senior, including two game-winning goals…three-year letter winner…two-time team captain…plans to major in criminal justice and psychology.
"Megan will bring speed and athleticism to the class," Kopietz said. "She has a good technical base which will make her a versatile player for us."
Allison Tharp (5-9, D, Corcoran, Minn./Maple Grove HS)
Stout and versatile defender on club team for four years…led defenders in goals on 17 Premier Team…two-time captain for Club Team during junior year…MVP…plans to major in biochemistry.
"Allison is an aggressive defender," Kopietz said. "She can have a presence in the air with her height and strikes a long ball very well."
Kate Weigum (5-5, MF/F, Bismarck, N.D./Century HS)
First-team all-state and first-team all-conference…had six goals and two assists as a junior…has 12 goals and eight assists in career…team captain…played for Dakota United Soccer Club…plans to major in biology.
"Kate is a very good finisher and has good speed," Kopietz said. "I imagine she will find herself in an attacking position but could be a wide or central player."
Meghan McBride Signs with Dragon Women's Golf Team
Minnesota State University Moorhead women's golf coach Chelsey McGinnis has announced the signing of Meghan McBride of Lakeville, Minn., for the 2019-20 season.
"Meghan is extremely talented and driven," McGinnis said. "I am beyond excited to have her as a Dragon. She will be a huge asset to the Dragon women's golf team."
McBride is a 4-year letterwinner in golf at Lakeville South High School. She was a state qualifier as a junior and had a low round of 80. She was all-conference after finishing fourth at the meet. McBride was all-conference as a sophomore and all-conference honorable mention as a freshman.
She will serve as a team captain this spring when she completes her senior season in 2019.