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Barnum star formalizes commitment

Bemidji State University women's basketball head coach Mike Curfman announced Thursday the addition of Colleen McKay of Barnum, Minn. to his 2007-08 recruiting class.

Bemidji State University women's basketball head coach Mike Curfman announced Thursday the addition of Colleen McKay of Barnum, Minn. to his 2007-08 recruiting class.

McKay has signed a National Letter of Intent and will continue her academic and basketball careers at BSU beginning in the fall of 2007.

Today marks the second day of the late signing period for NCAA college basketball programs. McKay joins Bemidji High School standout Brianna Pfremmer who formalized her commitment to BSU yesterday while Hallie Hoganson of Detroit Lakes, Minn. signed during the early signing period in November.

McKay, a four-time letter winner at Barnum High, steps away from the school after leaving quite a footprint on the program.

During her four seasons, she piled up a school record of 2,213 points standing as one of just six players in the Northland to top the 2,000-mark. She also set the single-game standard at the school in a 49-point Section 7A tournament game.

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For her career, she hit on better than 66 percent of her field goal attempts and helped lead the Bombers to a Section 7A championship and third-place finish at the 2006 Minnesota State High School Tournament.

Regionally, McKay jumped into the spotlight during the final three seasons of her prep career. A three-time All-Polar League first-team selection, she earned conference MVP honors in both 2006 and 2007.

Two times she was named to the Duluth News Tribune All-Tournament Team while being honored as the media outlet's Player of the Week on four occasions.

She capped a junior campaign in which she eclipsed the 1,000-point and 1,000-rebound plateaus by powering her team into the post-season, earning a spot on the Wells Fargo All-State Tournament Team.

The accolades continued to mount in McKay's senior campaign. After posting averaged of 28 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks per contest, she was named as the Duluth News Tribune's 2007 Player of the Year, earned a spot on the Pioneer Press All-State Second Team and made her second consecutive appearance on the list of Minnesota Basketball News Top 100 Players in the State. She was also selected as an All-Star by the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association.

McKay also participated in volleyball and track and field at Barnum High School. A four-year letterwinner and team captain for the Bombers' volleyball squad, she was three times honored as a Polar League All-Conference selection earning first team accolades at the conclusion of her final two campaigns.

McKay has been equally as successful outside of athletics. In addition to earning four academic awards and being a member of the "A" Honor Roll at BHS, she has been involved in a number of extracurricular activities such as math league, choir, swing choir, student council National Honor Society and Key Club.

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