Gabby Robinson

Gabby Robinson has decided to play both volleyball and basketball in college. At the signing on Wednesday, she was surrounded by her family and long-time basketball coaches. Back row from left, Gabe Robinson and John Schmiesing. Front row from left, Guy Robinson, Tara Robinson, Gabby Robinson, Eric Specht and Lora Angileno. (Ashley Murtha/Le Center Leader)

By ASHLEY MURTHA [email protected]

The end of the school year is fast approaching and that means seniors have to make up their minds about college very soon.

But Gabby Robinson no longer has to worry about that decision as she officially signed on to play both basketball and volleyball at the collegiate level at Hamline University in St. Paul.

On Wednesday Robinson made her choice official by signing the papers in the early hours before school started for the day.

“I knew I wanted to play at least one sport in college,” Robinson said. “And this college made it easy. I didn’t have to choose between my two favorite sports. I could just play both.”

Robinson said her choice wasn’t only made up by the sports she could play, but also by the atmosphere of the college itself.

“I went and toured it and I just got that feeling,” Robinson said. “It felt like home.”

Robinson has participated in three sports during her time at Tri-City United including volleyball, basketball and track and field. But she decided to only stick with two in college.

“Track I mostly used to kind of better myself for the other two,” Robinson said. “Volleyball and basketball have always been my favorite ever since I was little.”

Hamline University is a Division III school, so Robinson didn’t receive any scholarships for being an athlete but she said she has received plenty of scholarships for her academics.

“It’s pretty exciting for Gabby or any TCU student to go on and play sports in college,” TCU Activities Director Jason Myhre said. “And Hamline has a good conference.”

During the signing, Robinson was surrounded by her family and her basketball coaches whom she has worked with her whole life.

“I think Gabby will do just fine,” TCU girls’ varsity head coach Eric Specht said. “She’s one of the better athletes we’ve had at the school, and I think she has the ability to play at the college level.”

Robinson’s family was also really happy for her and is excited to see some Hamline games in the future.

“I think she’ll fit in great,” Robinson’s mom Tara said. “We’re really proud of her. She puts all of her hard work and dedication into sports and it’s really paid off.”

Even though Robinson knows it’s going to be difficult, she said she’s ready for the challenge.

“Two sports are pretty tough, but I’m ready for anything,” Robinson said. “It’ll be a challenge, but I think I’ll be able to handle it. I like having a busy schedule, it keeps me going. I’m super excited and ready for what the future has in store.”

Reach Reporter Ashley Murtha at 507-931-8572.

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