Dickinson, ND - The Dickinson State University women's basketball team and Coach Liz Lewis are pleased to announce the signing of two outstanding athletes from Havre High School, in Havre, Montana. Danielle Wallace and Kyley Verploegen inked NAIA National Letters of Intent this last week for the Blue Hawks. The dynamic duo will continue their college basketball careers together.
"Both Kyley and Danielle will add a competitive factor to our team and some much needed size," stated Coach Liz Lewis. "They come from a high school program that is very well coached and has a history steeped in winning tradition. Kyley and Danielle know what it takes to win games, and we are extremely excited to see what they bring to the floor this season. Both players will be a great addition to the Blue Hawk family."
Danielle Wallace and Kyley Verploegen were both members of the 2018 Montana Class A State Championship team. The Havre High School Blue Ponies posted a perfect season going 24-0 under head coach, Dustin Kraske. This past season was the first ever undefeated season in the history of the school. Both Wallace and Verploegen played key roles, and were contributing factors in the success of the team.
Danielle Wallace is a six-foot forward who transferred to Havre High School her sophomore year. She played her freshman year at Broadwater High School in Townsend, MT, where she was an All-Conference Second Team selection.
During her senior campaign, Wallace averaged 10 points per game while shooting 51% from the field and pulled down an average of 7 rebounds per game. She was a First Team All-State selection for her work on the hardwood.
Off the court Wallace is an active member of the Key Club, Pep Club, and Chemistry Club and has been on the honor roll all four years of her high school career. She has also garnered Havre High School Student of the Month accolades.
Wallace will pursue a degree in nursing while she competes for the Dickinson State Blue Hawks.
Wallace on choosing DSU: "I have chosen Dickinson State University for its extraordinary nursing program. I am excited and honored to continue my basketball career. The campus is the perfect size, and I feel it will be great learning environment. The administration, staff and students are very welcoming."
Lewis on Wallace: "We are thrilled Danielle has chosen to become a Blue Hawk. She is strong inside and has a great knack for the rebound. Her high school team set records and won state. She knows what it takes to be successful. We are looking forward to her career here at DSU."
Kyley Verploegen, daughter of Chad and Tera Verploegen, is a six-foot forward from Havre, Montana who lettered in varsity basketball for 3 seasons. While at Havre High School, Verploegen's team took 3rd at Super Divisionals her sophomore season, 2nd her junior season, and posted a 1st place finish at Super Divisionals her senior season. Verploegen also helped her team take the grand prize of Class A State Champions in her final season with the Blue Ponies and posted an undefeated season. Verploegen was named Honorable Mention All-Conference.
Kyley also is a phenomenal student and has been a member of the All-State Academic team and has held positions on the honor roll as well as been awarded Student of the Month honors.
Verploegen will join Wallace this fall at DSU, and she will pursue a degree in Biology.
Verploegen on choosing DSU: "I chose to attend Dickinson State because when I compared it to the other schools I was looking at it, it had an all-around better program. I also liked the fact that the class sizes were smaller so you have the opportunity to get to know you professors. Another deciding factor was the fact that Dickinson was not too far away from my hometown."
Lewis on Verploegen: "We are incredibly excited to see Kyley in a Blue Hawk uniform! Kyley is very long and athletic. She is very tough defensively and is fundamentally sound. I believe she has an incredibly high ceiling, and her best basketball is still ahead of her. She will develop into a strong, diverse player over her tenure with the Hawks."