Majettes Lunde moves on to Mystics next season

Kari Gibb/MDN Minot High senior Avery Lunde, flanked by her parents Jennifer and Mitch, will be attending Bismarck State College and playing both basketball and softball with the Mystics.

Minot High senior Avery Lunde is very sports savvy. Besides playing volleyball, basketball and softball with the Majettes, her father is Mitch Lunde, the athletic director for Minot High and Minot North and her brother, Brett, played football for Army at West Point after his days with the Magicians.

That the youngest Lunde of the three siblings is going to school and will continue her athletic pursuits is not a surprise.

“When I was in the third grade, I would ask dad what game he was going to next,” said Lunde of her earliest sports memories. “I would be after him non-stop to take me with him, regardless of the sport. I wanted to watch and learn everything that was going on.”

That desire to be a part of as many sports and as many games as possible will continue. Lunde inked her commitment to attend school and play basketball and softball at Bismarck State College (BSC) this fall.

“From the first visit [to BSC] it just felt comfortable,” said Lunde of the selection. “Coach [Thai] Haggin was genuinely interested in me as a student-athlete. She would always reach out and communicate and it was easy to see that she was real and the interest was not just a recruiting job.”

The Mystics are close enough that family members can catch a few games in their spare time as well. Shelby, the oldest sibling, is local to Minot after going away for college and older brother Brett is going to school in Fargo currently as well.

Getting the chance to play two sports was also part of the selection criteria for the youngest Lunde.

“Other schools said it [playing two sports] would be a possibility,” said Lunde. “BSC was immediately on board with two sports. That helped in the decision for sure.”

The tir-sport high school student-athlete, soon to be dual-sport college student-athlete, is still unsure what academic path to take.

“Because everyone in my family is somewhat tied to education, I used to want to be a nurse just for the change,” said Lunde. “I am thinking about sports science, kinesiology or something along those lines. Time will tell.”

In the meantime, the current Majette will finish out her season, put on the summer softball uniform for the Storm and transition to the Mystic teams this fall.


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