Forest City native to play basketball, softball for Warriors

Connor Thompson is embracing the return to her hometown to continue her athletic career at Waldorf College.

On Friday, the 2012 Forest City High School graduate inked letters of intent to play basketball and softball for the Warriors.

“I love my hometown,” Thompson said. “When the opportunity came to play sports here, I couldn’t pass it up.”

Thompson was a three-year letter winner and starter in both basketball and softball at Forest City.

Garnering second-team all-conference basketball honors from the North Iowa Conference, Thompson led Forest City in scoring with 14.5 points a game as a senior.

Thompson continued playing basketball at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC). The 5-foot-8 shooting guard was sidelined by injury as a freshman, but bounced back to average 4.4 points a game for the Trojans in 2013-14.

As part of NIACC’s team that put together a 34-3 record and third-place finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Championship, Thompson started twice and appeared in 19 games for the Trojans while shooting 25-of-80 (31.2 percent) from the field.

“Connor is a quality addition to the program,” Waldorf women’s basketball coach Denny Jerome said. “She excels not only as an athlete, but in the classroom as well. We look for great things from her on the court.”

Thompson last played softball in high school. After earning second-team all-conference honors as a sophomore, she went on to receive first-team all-conference recognition during her final two years at Forest City.

A shortstop, Thompson played under Waldorf softball coach Denny Gilbertson during her high school career with the Indians. She sported a .337 batting average, .594 slugging percentage and .413 on-base percentage while finishing with five home runs, 33 RBIs, 34 total hits and 21 runs scored as a senior.

“We are very excited about Connor’s decision to play both softball and basketball at Waldorf,” Gilbertson said. “I had the pleasure of coaching her at Forest City High and we are getting an athletically-gifted young lady.”

Thompson is the daughter of David Thompson and Michelle Thompson. She plans to pursue a wellness degree at Waldorf.

“Connor is a quality student and a high-character individual,” Gilbertson said. “She will be a great fit for our program.”

Returning to her hometown, Thompson is excited about joining the Warriors, making the move from the NJCAA to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and achieving in athletics and academics.

“It’s just building on from that level,” Thompson said. “The competitiveness of the four-year level, I think that’ll be a good transition. I’ll able to succeed not only in the classroom, but on the team as well.”