Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Lopers add Franzen to 2014 class

Emily Franzen has joined the Loper family.

The senior softball, basketball and track athlete at Gothenburg, signed her letter of intent Wednesday, to participate on the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s track team.

Franzen who also had offers from Doane College in Crete to play softball and Nebraska-Wesleyan for both softball and track said she chose NCAA Division II Kearney because it felt the best.

“When I went on my visit it felt like the coaches and the program were the best fit,” Franzen said.

She also mentioned that participating in track was more fun for her compared to playing softball.

Her parents, Craig and Libby, said the recruiting process was left up to Emily to decide on her college plans and added they are happy with her decision.

“Financially going to Kearney made the most sense,” Libby said. “We wanted her to go where she felt comfortable.”

She received both an academic and athletic scholarship.

Emily said coaches want to watch a couple of her upcoming meets before they give her their expectations.

The Lopers track and field team is currently ranked 22nd in the country.

Another benefit to Emily selecting UNK is she has an older sister, Karen, attending school there, her parents said.

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