Valley City State signs Brooke Blessum
Valley City State University announced Nov. 20 the addition of Rugby High senior athlete Brooke Blessum to their volleyball and track roster for 2021.
Blessum is the daughter of Alan and Karleen Blessum of Rugby.
Blessum set records for both sports, which include the state title for the long jump in track and field as a sophomore. Her years as a Panther athlete also saw two state runner-up performances in the triple jump.
A statement issued by VCSU’s director of sports information, Mark Potts, said, “Blessum’s best marks in track and field include 17 feet, 6.5 inches in the long jump, 36 feet, 4.5 inches in the triple jump, and 5 feet, 1 inch in the high jump.”
Blessum’s volleyball career as an RHS middle hitter includes more than 1,000 kills. When Blessum landed kill number 1,000 this fall, fans paused a game against the Bottineau Stars in Bottineau to mark the occasion.
“The Panthers volleyball team went 18-4 in her senior season where she recorded 382 kills and amassed a .406 hitting percentage,” Potts noted.
“It feels pretty good now that I know to tell people where I’m going to college,” Blessum said.
The future VCSU Viking said she plans to major in elementary education.
Blessum noted, “Having little sisters here at home, I love working with kids.”
“I have five siblings. I’m third oldest,” she added.
“They can be funny,” Blessum said of the children she worked with. “It’s fun to work with them. I go to Little Flower School for my (cooperative education assignment), so I get to help out there, too. I enjoy it a lot.”
Blessum said she attended Little Flower in elementary school before going to Rugby Middle School and Rugby High School. “I like the schools here,” she added.
Athletic activities have always played a role in Blessum’s life, she said.
“I played with my family here on the farm growing up – my siblings and parents, and my cousins,” she said. “I got introduced to team sports through the school. I continued having a love for sports and just being active,” Blessum said, adding she enjoys playing a game of volleyball at the net on her family farm in warmer weather.
Blessum, whose athletic career at RHS also includes basketball, said she wasn’t sure she’d participate in winter sports or track at Rugby High. She injured her knee in a Region Six volleyball playoff game against Des Lacs Burlington, but she said she’s on the mend and healing well.
“The knee’s doing great,” Blessum said.
Blessum will have the chance to play with a former rival from DLB on the Vikings court next year as well. Three days after announcing Blessum’s addition to the team, VCSU announced the addition of DLB defensive specialist Ava Willie to the team.
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