Woodall and Peters are first Sacred Hoops players to join the Mount Marty family

By Rich Winter

Late last week Brookings senior G, Trevor Woodall signed the dotted line to continue his academic and athletic pursuits at Mount Marty College. While there are a lot of basketball signings, this one was special! Woodall is the first Sacred Hoops basketball player to commit to a partnerships struck between Mount Marty College and Sacred Hoops Basketball.

That partnership offers student/athletes a $16-thousand per year scholarship to attend Mount Marty. Several days after Woodall committed, Parker senior Reece Peters made it two Sacred Hoops athletes committed to making Mount Marty their home for the next four years.

Mount Marty Athletic Director, Chris Kassin said his coaches are extremely excited to see Woodall and Peters joining Cody Schilling’s men’s basketball program.

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“This is the culmination of two organizations getting together that have similar values and coming up with a way to provide opportunities for student/athletes in this state and in this region,” Kassin said. “I think one of the goals of Sacred Hoops is to provide opportunities for student/athletes. I think everyone understands the affordability of college and we want to make it as easy as possible for these kids to get to college and continue playing the sport they love.”

Following the Woodall announcement, Sacred Hoops Co-Director, Allan Bertram, who spent five summers working with Woodall, expressed his feelings on the first of many athletes to benefit from this partnership.

“Our Sacred Hoops Program partnered with Mt. Marty College to offer a $16,000 per year scholarship for our athletes that go through our program to play college athletics at Mt. Marty,” Bertram said. “Today our first Sacred Hoops Athlete was able to commit to play next year for Mt. Marty and make his dream of playing college basketball a reality.”

Peters, who hails from Vermillion but plays for Lance Friesen’s 10-3 Parker Pheasants is a 6-foot-2 guard that scored 10 points last night in a crucial Region 5A win, 55-36 over 2nd-seeded Bon Homme.

Woodall, reached by phone last week said Mount Marty was the perfect place for him to continue his education.

“I met coach Schilling last week and he’s young and energetic and he knows what he’s talking about,” Woodall said. “This is the scholarship I’ve dreamt of and thanks to Mount Marty and Sacred Hoops for making this happen.”

While this partnership between Sacred Hoops and Mount Marty was struck several months ago, Woodall and Peters are the first Sacred Hoops athletes from the 2019 class to sign.

Kassin said the Four core principles of Mount Marty College align perfectly with what he’s seen from Sacred Hoops.

  1. Awareness of God

  2. Community

  3. Hospitality

  4. Life-Long Learning.

When you look at the Sacred Hoops website or hear Coach Bertram speak he’s always trying to do as much as possible for students to have the opportunity to showcase their skills. A lot of things go into making a great basketball player. Not just points and rebounding but leadership and knowing how to get along with others from different backgrounds. So many life lessons taught through sports and they all kind of come back to what we’re grounded in here at Mount Marty. We felt that Sacred Hoops and Allan illustrate those same values - Mount Marty Athletic Director Chris Kassin