When it comes to Kristi Ohlschwager the University of Montana Western’s loss has become Bethany College’s gain.
The 5-foot-7 Chatfield guard was ready to sign a letter-of-intent to play for the NAIA Frontier Conference school, but she stopped hearing from the coaching staff. And for good reason. They were undergoing a coaching change.
Nevertheless, with time ticking away, Ohlshwager got an offer to play at Bethany College, an NAIA school located in Lindsborg, Kan. She accepted that offer and signed on in late February. The school sent out a press release about the signing June 21.
“I love the town and everything about the school. I’ve never heard a bad thing about the school,” said Ohlshwager, who also ran track and field at Chatfield. “When I visited I met the coach (Jim Campion). He coaches the way I like to play — hustle and hard work. I’m not a really huge scorer, but he said when he gets me in it will be for defense. The coach is why I’m going.”
Ohlshwager averaged 5.4 points per game for Chatfield (11-13, 7-9 5A Jeffco League) during the 2011-12 season. She was tied for second on the team in assists (29), fifth in scoring and sixth in rebounds (58).
She helped Chatfield to a season sweep of arch-rival Columbine and a berth in the 48-team 5A state tournament. The Lady Chargers, however, were bounced in the first round 50-28 by Loveland.
“We are very excited to have Kristi become a part of Bethany College and our basketball program. She joins a very talented group of recruits who will make great contributions to the future success of our program,” Campion said in a press release.
The Swedes were 4-25 in 2011-12, 1-17 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Playing time may be at a minimum in her first season as Bethany College returns six seniors from last season’s squad, but Ohlshwager is hopeful that after a year of learning under her belt she’ll be in position to make more of a contribution in her sophomore season.
The daughter of Mike and Brenda Ohlschwager had a 3.2 grade point average at Chatfield. She plans to major in health and human performance with a minor in coaching.