DAWSON - In her final season at Dawson-Boyd, senior guard Kendra Lindblad averaged 16.7 points per game, and led the Marshall area with 112 assists, helping the Blackjacks through a 12-11 season.
And starting next season, Lindblad will resume her basketball career, signing a letter of intent with Dakota State, an NAIA school in Madison, S.D.
A standout for Dawson-Boyd in volleyball and softball, Lindblad said she wanted to go with her heart and play basketball, her favorite sport.
Photo by Joe Brown
Dawson-Boyd girls basketball player Kendra Lindblad, center, stands with D-B head coach Randy Haakensen, left, and Dakota State (S.D.) head coach Joe Reints as Lindblad signs a letter of intent to play for the Trojans on Wednesday at the Dawson Community Center.
"I mostly had NAIA schools looking at me," Lindblad said. "Dakota State was pretty close to home, and it's not too big of a school."
In her Blackjack career on the court, Lindblad cracked the 1,000-point plateau during the team's Section 3A-North first-round game against Renville County West.
Last season, the Trojans finished 6-21 overall and 2-12 in the Dakota Athletic Conference. But starting next season, Dakota State will play as an independent, as conference opponents South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Black Hills State look to transition into Division II, and Minot State readies for its move to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
After visiting the campus and meeting with Trojans head coach Joe Reints, Lindblad was sold on attending Dakota State.
"When I visited, I ran a few drills for them," Lindblad said. "(Reints) seems to know what he's talking about."