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TENNIS: Through unlikely path, Chloe Hasbargen commits to St. Scholastica

Hasbargen was eyeing St. Scholastica because of its academics in her desired field of physical therapy. And then came a recruiting connection from an unlikely source: Instagram.

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Bemidji senior Chloe Hasbargen, third from left, has committed to St. Scholastica for women's tennis. She was joined at a signing ceremony by, from left, BHS head coach Kyle Fodness, her mother Tanya and her father Bruce on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at BHS.
Micah Friez / Bemidji Pioneer
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BEMIDJI -- Chloe Hasbargen had long set her sights on St. Scholastica. But not necessarily the sport of tennis.

“I was really hoping to play hockey after high school,” Hasbargen said. “But I thought more about which sport I really enjoy the most and which brings me the most happiness. … I immediately thought of tennis.”

When the Bemidji High School senior made that switch a few months back, everything started falling into place -- all leading to a college commitment to CSS women's tennis and a signing ceremony at BHS on Wednesday.

Hasbargen was eyeing St. Scholastica because of its academics in her desired field of physical therapy. And then came a recruiting connection from an unlikely source: Instagram.

“Instagram was definitely not the place where I thought I was going to get reached out to,” Hasbargen said. “So when I had a (direct message) from the St. Scholastica tennis (account), I was like, ‘Woah, what’s going on here?’ It was actually really exciting when I first opened it and saw they were interested in me.”

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Bemidji senior Chloe Hasbargen returns a volley in a doubles match against Park Rapids on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at Bemidji High School.
Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer

Hasbargen’s relationship took off after that first step on social media. She later visited the school and envisioned herself playing for the Saints after giving plenty to her hometown Lumberjacks.

Hasbargen went 30-5 last fall, often playing in the first doubles position alongside fellow senior Tatum Offerdahl. Hasbargen boasted a 74-19 individual record in her Bemidji career and was part of section championship teams in 2020 and 2021.

That rush of success led her to pursue it collegiately.

“Tennis is just really fun. I really love the excitement,” Hasbargen said. “Especially because someone has to win every single point. … I like that immediate success and happiness you feel after each point. That helped switch my gears (from hockey).”

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Bemidji senior Chloe Hasbargen (4) moves the puck in the first period against East Grand Forks on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at the Bemidji Community Arena.
Madelyn Haasken / Bemidji Pioneer

Hasbargen was also honored by the Minnesota Wild during the winter as part of the team’s Hockey Captain Spotlight program. Hasbargen was selected as the female winner for January in recognition of her dedication to hockey, her academics and her community. Additionally, she was named Region 8AA’s Academics, Arts and Athletics Award female recipient in March.

With her wide array of successes, Hasbargen will bring a lengthy resume to St. Scholastica in the fall. And she’ll do all she can to add to it.

“Since first grade, all the hard work I’ve put in from then to now is finally paying off,” she said. “I get to keep enjoying the sport that I love.”

Micah Friez is the sports editor at the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he joined the Pioneer in 2015 and is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Lumberjack and Beaver updates.
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