The Manitoba Female U-18 AAA Hockey League continues to breed multi-sport athletes. That statement couldn’t be more true in regards to the recent announcement from the Pembina Valley Hawks this past week.
Pembina Valley’s Abbi Conrad has committed to play softball for the Southwestern Community College Spartans, where she will attend post-secondary school in Creston, Iowa. Conrad, a 17-year-old Grade 12 student currently serves as an alternate captain with the Hawks, where she has played 183 career games.
“I am beyond excited to announce my commitment to Southwestern Community College to continue my softball and academic career,” Conrad wrote in a Tweet posted to her Twitter page on Tuesday. “A huge thanks goes out to my parents, coaches and teammates who have pushed me to be the best softball player I can be. Go Spartans!”
Although not boasting a hockey program at the college, Conrad will join Portage la Prairie’s Maddie and Paige and Shwaluk – fellow hockey players from Manitoba who are living their best lives while playing softball for the Spartans. On top of softball, the 5-foot-4, 125-pound infielder will also be able to put her 95 percent GPA to the test while studying abroad.
The Swan Lake product has 17 goals, 40 points and 38 total penalty minutes to her name over the past four seasons. A six-goal, 13-point 2019-20 campaign has translated to a strong start to 2020-21, with the left-shooting forward earning a goal and four points through the first six games of the current MFHL season.
“The MFHL, strives to have its players be all-round athletes and Abbi Conrad is a perfect example of this,” the league wrote in a statement. “The MFHI. congratulates Abbi on her outstanding accomplishments to date on the ice and diamond and wishes her all the best with her future academic and softball endeavours while at Southwestern Community College playing for the Spartans.”