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BHS trio ink National Letters of Intent

Bemidji High School seniors Addie Colligan (left), Anna Falldorf (center) and Abbie Kelm sign their national letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college Monday afternoon. (Austin Monteith | Bemidji Pioneer)

BEMIDJI -- A trio of Bemidji High School seniors finalized their commitments to further their athletic careers at the collegiate level by signing their National Letters of Intent Monday.

Abbie Kelm will golf at the University of North Dakota while Addie Colligan and Anna Falldorf will continue their volleyball careers at Minnesota State Moorhead and Minot State, respectively.

Kelm is a two-time Class AAA state girls golf tournament participant, finishing 34th in 2017 and 62nd in 2016, and will go for her third straight appearance this spring before heading off to Grand Forks.

“I just love the campus feel and the school spirit that UND has,” Kelm said.

Kelm is also a three-time state tennis participant and a two-time Section 8AA singles champion, though she will be sticking to golf for the Fighting Hawks.

“I can’t imagine doing two, it would be absolutely crazy so I think just one (sport) for sure,” she said.

Colligan will join the Dragons of MSU Moorhead after capping her career with the Lumberjacks volleyball team. The senior setter racked up 1,719 career assists for BHS and finished her senior season with 767 assists, 90 kills, 179 digs and 29 blocks.

“I really liked both of the coaches and the team was really welcoming so it’s just kind of a win-win,” Colligan said.

Colligan’s older sister, Brylee, also plays college volleyball, and is now a sophomore at Wisconsin-Superior after graduating from BHS in 2016.

“It’s awesome that we’re both playing,” said Colligan, who lamented that she will be playing farther away from her older sister.

Colligan is not the only member of this year’s Lumberjack volleyball team with a sister playing collegiately.

Falldorf will be reunited with her older sister, Emily, when she joins the Minot State volleyball team next season. The sisters previously played together on the Lumberjacks before Emily graduated in 2016.

“To get to play with Emily again is amazing,” Falldorf said. “I never thought I’d play with her after that season was done, and then when coach offered me, I had to jump right on it.”

The Falldorf sisters are both middle hitters, which should come as no surprise given that they each stand at more than six feet tall -- Anna is an inch taller at 6-foot-1.

Falldorf said that her older sister, of course, played a part in her decision to join the Beavers.

“She really helped me get there,” Falldorf said. “She’s always been supporting me.”

Austin Monteith

Austin Monteith is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He is an Illinois native and a Butler University graduate. Follow him on Twitter @amonteith92.

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