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Burke signs with NPCC

As North Platte Community College volleyball coach Sally Thalken handed Brady senior Maggie Burke a pen on Friday, she explained the pen’s inscription.

“There are two words on here,” Thalken said. “Vision and elite. Our program needs a setter who has both.”

Burke signed her letter of intent to play volleyball for the NPCC Knights next fall after having contributed to the successful 27-5 season the Eagles just finished.

Burke was a four-year varsity starter in high school. She was named to the Central Platte Conference all-conference team as a sophomore and received the same honor in the Sandhills Conference both her junior and senior seasons.

This year, Burke offered 790 set assists, picked up 65 digs, had 24 blocks and served 34 aces on 96% serving.

Thalken said Burke was the first recruit she and Knight assistant coach Vicki Hopping hoped to sign but Brady’s success on the court this fall pushed the meeting back.

“It was worth the wait,” Thalken said.

Burke said she thought choosing a college would be difficult.

“But this was really a no-brainer for me,” she said. “When I thought about the advantages, it was easy.”

Among the deciding factors were the tradition of the program, the close proximity to home and the chemistry of the team.

The fact that her mother, Sandy (Mann) Burke, also played for Thalken in 1983 and 1984 may have helped a little.

“We went to the national tournament when your mom was on my team,” Thalken said. “The pressure is on.”

But Burke said she doesn’t feel any pressure, just relief and honor.

Burke plans to study psychology and someday become a family counselor.

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