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Jackson signs with UMC Golden Eagles

Photo by Dana Pavek/WDC Schools Wadena-Deer Creek student-athlete Avery Jackson signed a letter of intent Nov. 9 to play basketball for the University of Minnesota-Crookston Golden Eagles. Joining Avery for the signing were her parent, Jay and Junelle Jackson, WDC Activities Director Norm Gallant (middle, standing) and WDC Girls' Basketball Coach Keith Ferris.

Wadena-Deer Creek senior Avery Jackson has signed her letter of intent to play college basketball for the University of Minnesota-Crookston Golden Eagles during the 2012-13 season.

WDC Girls' Basketball Coach Keith Ferris said he is excited to see one of his players move on to the next level.

"Avery's work ethic will help her become as successful college player," said Ferris, who has coached Jackson the last four years.

Jackson is a 5-8 guard who will play her final season as a Wolverine this winter. She is an all-conference player and was twice named the Best Defensive Player. She earned the Hustle Award and was named to the North Central All-Star team. Her AAU team was named Gopher State Champions four times and she earned two silver medals at the National State Games of America. In addition to basketball, Jackson is a standout student-athlete in volleyball and softball for the Wolverines.

Golden Eagles Women's Basketball Coach Mike Roysland said he is looking forward to Jackson joining their team because she brings a sense of toughness and is a versatile player.

"Avery is a very hard-nosed, blue-collar player. She has the ability to play multiple positions and brings a special toughness to the court every day," said Coach Roysland. "She won't get away with anything because her uncle is Golden Eagle Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Nate Mahlen," added Roysland with a chuckle.

Jackson plans to major in early childhood education and follow in her mother's footsteps and be a kindergarten teacher. She is the daughter of Jay and Junelle Jackson of Wadena.

The University of Minnesota-Crookston is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).