Part 2: STM student-athletes sign letters of intent
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The second part of a two-part series featuring student-athletes from St. Thomas More who recently signed national letters of intent to compete at the collegiate level.
Mairin Duffy, Northwestern College, Basketball
Mairin Duffy signed a letter of intent on May 11 to compete in women’s basketball at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.
Duffy recently helped the Cavaliers win their first State ‘A’ girls basketball title since 2018.
This past season, she was the second leading scorer on the team with 10.2 points per game.
“There was a lot of very good coaches that I was sad not to get to go play for,” said Mairin Duffy. “But obviously in the end, you can only pick one. But it was definitely a very difficult decision. But when it came down to it, Northwestern really stuck out to me.”
Ethan Burnett, Dakota Wesleyan University, Basketball
Ethan Burnett will also play basketball at the collegiate level.
He put pen to paper on May 11 and signed with Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell.
The 5-11 point guard led the Cavaliers in assists last season with 3.4 assists per game.
“I went on a visit and I just really liked the coaching staff,” said Ethan Burnett. “I thought it was a good fit for me. I really liked campus there.”
Erica Howard, Saint Mary’s University, Soccer
Erica Howard will play women’s soccer next year at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winnona, Minnesota.
Howard was the lone senior on the STM girls soccer team this past season.
She plans to play striker or outside wing for the Cardinals who are in the early stages of rebuilding.
“I really fell in love with the school and the coach, as well,” said Erica Howard. “He reached out to me and I was excited. I pondered on the thought of going there for awhile. I just thought this place would be a new home for me and I felt comfortable.”
Emma Blomme, Mount Marty University, Softball
Emma Blomme signed a letter of intent to play softball next year for Mount Marty University in Yankton.
Blomme will join the Lancers who just qualified for their first ever NAIA National Softball Tournament.
She plans to major in criminal justice.
“I signed with Mount Marty because coach Kayla Bryant, she really influenced me,” said Emma Blomme. “I could just tell there was something about her in the way that she coaches and the dynamic that the team uses that I just really wanted to be a part of it. Also academic wise, the school has the program that I want to go into.”