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Othow signs to play for Minnesota West

New Minnesota West basketball recruit Evelyn Othow (seated, left), her mother Mary Oyee, and coaches Eric Lindner (Worthington High School) and Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka (Minnesota West) pose during Othow's signing on Monday. (Doug Wolter/The Globe)

WORTHINGTON -- Evelyn Othow’s first instincts were to get away from Worthington after graduating high school.

But on further study, she decided Worthington is the best place for her. And so, the Trojan senior signed on Monday to continue her basketball career at Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

“At first I wanted to leave,” she admitted. “But I get homesick, so I decided to stay. And I’m also going into nursing, and this is a good place to go for that.”

Othow, who hopes one day to become an anesthesiologist, was an important offensive weapon for WHS this winter. She was outstanding with her left hand. She was adept at stepping through the lane to put soft jumpers through the hoop.

Her high school coach, Eric Lindner, said Monday that Minnesota West is a very good place for her.

“She’s still got to improve on her dribble penetration. She’s got a good first step, but just has to develop her game for going in both directions,” he said.

Othow agrees. “I’m really strong with my left hand because I’m a lefty. But I’ll have to work on my right hand,” she explained.

Minnesota West head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka said she likes Othow’s ability to get to the basket. She can create mismatches in college, she said. She can face up, post up, or be effective outside.

“Her potential is absolutely unlimited. You look at how athletic she is, what she can do to create her own shots,” Hayenga-Hostikka said.

Othow said Minnesota West makes sense to her basketball-wise and education-wise.

“I like the energy around here,” she said. “I like the vibe. At some colleges, there’s more people. Here there are smaller classes and you can have one-on-one contacts with your teachers.”

Doug Wolter

Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.

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