Megan Asham grew up on ball diamonds and did everything she could to make sure she could play softball at the university level, including by leaving the Westman Magic for Winnipeg’s Smitty’s Terminators to gain more exposure.
All that travel, hard work and dedication has paid off as the 18-year-old Vincent Massey student signed her letter of intent to attend Minnesota State University Moorhead and join the Dragons softball team in the fall. It was a big decision for where to go as the 5-foot-5 catcher had offers from a lot of schools that compete in the NAIA and the NCAA, but she opted to play NCAA Division II ball.
"It was tough," she said. "It took me till June and I started looking last year in Grade 11."
Asham, who plans to take some business and early childhood education classes as she’s not sure what to major in, has been given a partial scholarship and an opportunity to play in her first season, which is what put the Dragons over the top in her decision for where to go in the fall.
"They recruited me pretty hard and it was a really good package they offered," she said. "The campus is really intriguing and it’s close to home, but still far enough away. I’ll be getting in as a freshman at that high of a level, so it will be really nice to jump right in.
"A lot of schools I looked at I could have redshirted this year and then got in my second year. Being able to play in my first year was a huge factor and then three more years after that of being able to play and developing my skills that way."
The Dragons are slowly rebuilding their program. They didn’t feature any seniors last season and went 9-19 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, their highest conference win total since 2007. They went 15-24 overall for the season, which is a huge improvement from the 7-36 mark the team posted in the previous season.
Asham knows it will be a bit of an adjustment to play at the NCAA Division II level in her first year of university, but she thinks she’s up for the challenge and will adjust.
She’s also looking forward to having fun in her final summer of being in Brandon and playing midget softball with the Terminators.
"Getting stronger, putting up some big stats and enjoying my last year of U18 and making that transition from high school and U18 ball to Division 2 softball," she said.