Ex-Brighton High School softball player and Commerce City native Tori Haug is going to call Chadron (Neb.) State College home for the next two years.
Haug played the last two seasons at Lake Land Community College in Mattoon, Ill.
“ I chose Chadron due to the fact that it felt like home,” she said. “The coaches were so welcoming and put so much effort into showing me that they truly wanted me to play for them and their school. While on my visit I really enjoyed every person I had the opportunity to talk with and they all had nothing but great things to say about the school, the town and the people.”
Chadron State has a strong teaching program.
“I do have a strong feeling I will become a teacher by the end. But that’s not to say my mind won’t change,” she said. “I have thought about becoming a police officer as well. So I’m not 100 percent set just yet, but I do plan on taking education courses at Chadron State.”
Haug pursued other schools before settling on Chadron State.
“I was beyond thankful for all the opportunities each school was willing to give me and the amount of times I was able to talk to different coaches and not only hear about their coaching styles but their programs as well,” she said. “For me, Chadron was a place that felt like home and what I felt to be the best decision for my future.”
Haug thought her efforts to find a new school weren’t easier than her first try two years ago.
“There are so many different scenarios that come to mind when trying to find ‘a new home away from home,.’” she said. “The process for me was never an easy process. But I was so blessed to say that Lake Land was the best decision I could have ever made, and I truly believe Chadron State will be the same way.”
Haug threw a no-hitter this spring in the first round of the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association regional tournament. The four-inning, no-hitter included two walks and five strikeouts.
“My parents have always told me that it’s my choice, whatever feels like home, wherever I feel the most comfortable and that’s really what I based my decision off of,” she said. “Of course it will be nice to be closer to home and be able to attend a lot more family functions. But I can’t say that being close or far was a make or break for my decision.
“If I felt the way I feel about Chadron at a school that was 10 hours from home, I would have chosen to go there, and I know my parents and family would have supported me no matter the route I took or direction I went.”
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