HERMANTOWN, Minn. -- Before the MSHSL state girls hockey tournament, Alyssa Watkins said she didn't have any offers to play division one college hockey.
The Proctor/Hermantown senior went on to score seven goals at state. She helped to lead the Mirage to their first ever Class A state championship, and was starting to get noticed.
Just over a week after the state tournament, Watkins announced her verbal commitment to play DI college hockey at Bemidji State via Instagram.
"I mean I'd kind of talked to Bemidji on and on for like a year, and they kind of were like, 'We have to see how many seniors are returning and stuff' and then after state, it kind of just escalated more, and they were like 'We'd love to have you on our team' so I went and toured it, and just loved the campus," said Watkins.
"They said they needed some help with scoring, so I think after I showed the state tournament, I think they thought I was a better fit for the team too."
She said that her original plan was to play DIII hockey at UW-Eau Claire, before Bemidji State made a spot for her.