Campe opts to play for Morningside

FAIRMONT — Basketball and softball have always been Fairmont senior Kristen Campe’s favorite sports.

Despite that, when it came down to choosing which sport to play in college, it was an easy decision.

Campe signed a national letter of intent last Tuesday to play basketball for Morningside College in the fall.

“I picked the school first. After visiting, I knew that I wanted to go to Morningside,” said Campe. “Even though Sioux City, Iowa, is a big town, the campus community feels smaller and I really liked it.”

The two-year starter, who owns the Fairmont High School girls single-season and career 3-point records, will now join the Mustangs roster on the hardwood court starting this fall.

“When I went to visit, I had the option to play softball or basketball,” said Campe. “It was a tough choice, but the deciding factor for me was the coaches. Both coaches were nice, and it isn’t anything against the softball coach, but the basketball coaches reminded me of (Fairmont head coach Don) Waletich and Coach J (Sara Junkermeier).”

Campe finished her high school tutelage under the Cardinal coaches by having made 108 career 3-pointers, including 51 this past season. In four years, she totaled 653 points for the Cardinals.

During her final season for Fairmont, the Cardinal guard grabbed 59 rebounds and averaged 8.6 points per game.

Campe helped lead the Cardinals to South Central Conference and Section 3AA, South-Sub Section titles this season, while Fairmont finished second in Section 3AA.

In addition to her point-scoring ability, Campe also doled out 46 assists and pocketed 34 steals.

After both the team and individual successes, Campe decided to continue her basketball career for the Mustangs.

“I’ve always liked the two sports pretty equally, even though my dad tells me that isn’t true and that I like basketball better,” said Campe. “But I feel good about my decision for school and to do basketball.”

While Campe will enjoy her final season on the diamond for the Cardinals this spring, it won’t be long until her focus is back on hoops.

“They gave me a summer workout packet for things to work on before I get down there in the fall,” said Campe. “They told me that once a week they have a pickup game that they play, and invited me to come down if I want to. So I’m excited about it.”

In addition to her on-court endeavors, Campe is also thinking that she will major in accounting at Morningside.