St. Francis Trio Sign NLIs
TRAVERSE CITY – A trio of Traverse City St. Francis student-athletes signed their National Letters of Intent on Monday.
Sarah Chouinard and Joyana Tarsa are continuing their education at NCAA Division III St. Norbert (Wis.) College for women’s basketball and cross country and track and field, respectively, while Tyler Revett is the first student in the school’s history to earn a scholarship for lacrosse as he’ll head to downstate NAIA Division II Lawrence Tech.
Chouinard joins a St. Norbert program that has won 16 conference championships and made 14 NCAA tournament appearances since 1977.
“I knew I wanted to play basketball, but I also knew that I wanted to get a good education, and St. Norbert kind of has like the perfect combination of both for me because with the Division III it doesn’t put as much emphasis on the whole collegiate sports aspect,” Chouinard said. “It also really emphasizes that I get a good education, so that’s really what kind of led me to St. Norbert.”
Tarsa will soon compete for a Green Knights team that has won four consecutive Midwest Conference indoor and outdoor track and field championships and two straight cross country league titles.
“I have an older sister at St. Norbert, so that initialized my search in that school, but I love the size of it and I love the feel of the campus, and I love the cross country coach,” Tarsa said. “I’m really excited. It’s definitely a comfort level to know that I have someone there that I know and that I can talk to, so I’m just excited that we’re going to be keeping in touch and stuff like that.”
Revett is looking forward to joining a Lawrence Tech program that has gone 18-10 over the last two years and reached the NAIA Invitational Tournament in 2017.
“It was a combination of being a very good engineering school and it wasn’t too far from home,” Revett said. “They also have a very good lacrosse program and I really wanted to play lacrosse. It kind of came up at the tail end of my senior year instead of football and it just worked out, and it was a good fit.
“I think it’s a really big step for me and for my team, just opening up the door for these guys kind of putting the school out there as a lacrosse school the coaches can recruit from. We’re definitely going to have some guys next year that can go to college and play, and I’m just really happy I can do this for the guys and get this opportunity.”