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Boever makes it official

When Maria Boever first joined the Worthington Trojans girls basketball team, head coach Eric Lindner asked her if she wanted to ultimately play college basketball. At the time Boever said she didn't, adding that she just wanted to have a normal ...

When Maria Boever first joined the Worthington Trojans girls basketball team, head coach Eric Lindner asked her if she wanted to ultimately play college basketball. At the time Boever said she didn't, adding that she just wanted to have a normal college life.

She isn't saying that anymore.

Flanked by parents, teammates and Worthington High School administrators Wednesday, Boever signed her name on the dotted line of a national letter of intent to attend South Dakota State University.

Boever also received a full scholarship to attend the university, located in Brookings, S.D.,

It was a decision, based upon the first trip to the campus, which Boever almost passed up.

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"The first time I went there, I decided it was just a small university," Boever said. "Then we went back up there (in the fall) and there were so many people there. I think this is the atmosphere that I want to be in."

For her parents, Mark and Janel Boever, the experience of seeing Maria on the court has been highly enjoyable.

"It has been so fun watching her, and the other kids, play," Janel Boever said. "She's just really grown in her abilities to play. We've just had a really great time."

As for Mark Boever, he noted how much of a relief it is for Maria to have the signing taken care of now, allowing her to focus on her final year of play with Worthington. And, at the same time, it gives everyone piece of mind in case she were to get injured during the season.

"One of the benefits of signing early is if you were to twist a knee, her scholarship is locked in," Mark Boever said. "The NCAA holds her scholarship regardless of her performance and/or injury."

SDSU head coach Aaron Johnson added to the sentiment that Boever wanted to be closer to home, and that she liked the size of both the city of Brookings and the campus of SDSU.

Johnson also said Boever was a player he has kept an eye on for most of her career, and he was happy to see her choose SDSU.

"We've always felt she will be a player that we want to have a chance to take a close look at us," Johnson said. "We're just really pleased this winter that she chose us."

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Johnson expects Boever to start out at the power forward position next year, potentially moving to the small forward spot later in her career.

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