Minot’s Bolinske to play for Concordia
Third MHS soccer player to sign NLI in offseason
On Feb. 25, Minot High midfielder Cam Bolinske became the third Magi soccer standout to sign a National Letter of Intent this offseason.
While Reegan Meyer and Walter Markle have signed with Jamestown and the South Dakota School of Mines, respectively, Bolinske has decided to take his soccer skills to Division III Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.
The Minot Daily News reached out to Bolinske to get his thoughts on what went into the decision process and what his expectations are at the collegiate level. Here is what Bolinske had to say via email.
MDN: What made Concordia the right fit for you, and was it an easy decision to make?
Bolinske: Going to Concordia definitely was not an easy decision because I had a couple other schools in mind that were also interested in me. I decided to go there because I thought it was a good school, not too far from home and I also have a brother that goes there right now. I wanted to get another chance to play with him before he graduates.
MDN: What are some of the strengths of your game, and what are some things you would like to work on at the next level?
Bolinske: I feel my size and strength gives me an advantage. My trainer Sara Dufner has been working with me to become faster and stronger for a little over two years now. She has helped me tremendously because it is not often I get shoved off the ball.
I also feel one of my strengths is being pretty good with my weak foot. I feel I have pretty good power behind it which is good in a sport like soccer. I would like to continue improving my speed and strength because I know there will be guys bigger and faster than me at the next level.
MDN: How long have you been involved with the Magi soccer program, and what was your overall experience like?
Bolinske: I have been involved in the Magi program for four years and I had the best time playing. We did very well each year and I played with some very talented players who are also my friends which I am very thankful for.
MDN: Were there any family members who influenced you to play soccer growing up?
Bolinske: Yes, I have to older brothers who played soccer. They were the ones to get me into the sport because I would always go to their rec games when I was little and thought ‘this looks kind of fun.’ I tried it out, and here I am 14 years later still playing the sport I love.
MDN: What was the most memorable highlight of your senior season?
Bolinske: I think the most memorable highlight of my senior season was scoring my 30-yard half-volley goal against Bismarck Legacy at home.
MDN: Do you have any specific goals you would like to accomplish at the collegiate level?
Bolinske: A goal I have is to be the best I can be and never give up because college will be a lot harder than high school.
MDN: What would your advice be to younger teammates who want to play college soccer one day?
Bolinske: Stay focused and keep working hard and good things will come.