Senior takes family into account when choosing college


The first time she stepped onto the field, she was just six years old. She’s been playing soccer for nearly 12 years and isn’t planning on stopping anytime soon.


Senior Courteney Shovlin has decided to continue her career collegiately at MSU-Billings, but she has known for years that she will keep playing as long as she can.


“Every time I got injured, I couldn’t imagine myself not playing,” Shovlin said.


Deciding to attend college in Montana was mostly due to wanting to remain near family, she said. The other school Shovlin was looking at was in Arizona.


“I knew that I wanted to be close to home so that my parents could come and watch most of my games,” the center defender said.


Shovlin is currently playing basketball for the Rustlers and was part of the 2014 state champion soccer team. It was the soccer program’s first state championship. She is excited to continue playing soccer in college.


“I just realized over the years that I love this sport.”