Rugby student-athletes set for college careers

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RUGBY, N.D. -
Karsyn Hager will put her basketball skills to work at Bismarck State College.

"It's a nice school, they're new. I practiced with the team, and it just fit me well. All the girls were really nice and I just felt like part of them when I was there," Hager said.

Anni Stier is set to be a two-sport athlete in Jamestown, a place she's known for years.

"My older sister went there," Stier said. "She was on the track team. I was very familiar with it. I also got to get really familiar with the basketball program through AAU. I played for the head coach, Greg Uhland. He's no longer the head coach, but we always practiced there. We got really familiar with campus and I just really love the school."

Maria Blessum will head to Fargo to pole vault at North Dakota State University. She's got family ties, too.

"It's always kind of my dream, D-I is kind of a big deal I guess," Blessum said. "I always thought it would be cool to do that, and I have two siblings there right now so they kind of influenced me. They just have a really good program there."

The three recruits finished their high school basketball careers with a second place finish at the State Tournament.