HENDERSON – Her sister, Mackenzie, cleared the path and now Heartland senior Mikaelyn Dick will follow her footsteps to Hillsboro, Kan., where she will join the Tabor College Blue Jays of women’s basketball.
On Thursday, Dec. 27, Mikaelyn joined parents Karen and Mark Dick, Heartland head coach Greg Veerhusen, Heartland girls assistant coach Erik Wetjen, Tabor College head coach Shawn Reed and a few close family friends in the conference room at Heartland High School to make it official.
Hillsboro is about a three-hour trip from Henderson which will allow her parents and family to attend games and follow her throughout her college career.
“I have been around Tabor College a lot and with my sister having played there I am very familiar with the program,” Mikaelyn said following the signing. “It was very important to me to attend a Christian College and be close enough to home so that my parents and family can still attend games and be there for support. It was actually a few weeks ago when I made up my mind and it just feels good to get this out of the way so now I can focus on the rest of my senior season.”
The Heartland guard also had some contact with Concordia University in Seward and Hesston College in Hesston, Kan.
Reed said Mikaelyn is a player who possesses many strengths including the fact she is a guard with size who can hit from long range.
“She has a lot of strengths, obviously one of those being a tall guard who can shoot the 3-pointer and she will be a tough defensive assignment for the teams we play,” said Reed. “She fits into our program on the court and off the court. She’s the kind of person we want at Tabor College and the type of person we look to recruit to attend. I can see her competing right away for a spot on the team. She understands the value of hard work and has a great attitude about what she will need to do. She will have to adjust to the physical nature of the college game and if a freshman can do that she will be able to overcome any other things that come up.”
Mikaelyn understands she will have to get better in certain phases of her game and that the college game is a lot different than high school, but she is willing to put in the time and the work to get there.
“I wanted to be around the Christian college atmosphere that was very important to me,” Mikaelyn said. “I know that I will have to work hard and improve my game a lot, but I feel that if I do that I can contribute to the team right away.”