When the Parkers Prairie girls basketball team needs a big shot, Faith Alberts is typically the one who takes it. After signing her national letter of intent to play collegiately at Concordia University-St. Paul, she hopes to take many more over the next four years for the Golden Bears.

“They’re the only private Division II school in Minnesota, and I was really looking for a good education first,” Alberts said. “The coaching staff was really good. I like the location of being in the Twin Cities. I was looking for a bigger city, and the size of Concordia is perfect.”

Alberts plans to study finance at CSP but nearly went out to the east coast to continue her education and playing career.

“Harvard was my second option,” Alberts said. “A couple of weeks before I committed to CSP, they called me and said another girl committed to Harvard, and I was their second choice. I went out and visited last year, and I loved it. But it didn’t work out.”

Alberts also talked to the University of St. Thomas during recruiting. She was also considering several other Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schools such as Southwest Minnesota State University and the University of Minnesota-Crookston.

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“It’s exciting to see the talent in the NSIC,” Alberts said. “I actually know a lot of the girls that have committed to the other teams in the conference that I played with in AAU ball. It’s interesting to see where everything is going and who’s going to be playing against who. It’s going to be competitive and a lot of fun.”

Alberts has passed the 1,000-point mark at Parkers Prairie, and she hopes to do it again in St. Paul.

“I think that’s a big goal of mine,” Alberts said. “I want to be that all-conference player and start as a sophomore that puts up 1,000 points in my career. I’m ready to put in the work to make myself and my teammates better. I’m ready to compete.”

Moving from Parkers Prairie to St. Paul is a culture shift, but Alberts says she’s ready to live in a bigger city.

“It’s no secret St. Paul is way different than Parkers Prairie,” Alberts said. “I think it’s going to be a lot of fun because everybody you’re playing with and against is committed. Basketball is their entire life, and they’re ready to prove that in college. I think living in St. Paul is going to be awesome. I love the city life, and I think I’ll fit right in there.”

While she’s looking forward to a new endeavor, Alberts has unfinished business in Parkers Prairie. She’s looking forward to playing pressure-free basketball in her senior year if the Panthers and winter teams across Minnesota are able to get going with a season during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“My coach, John Noga, had his daughter play in the NSIC,” Alberts said. “His other daughter went Division I. He’s been a huge help getting me connected to coaches. He’s always been willing to answer questions. My teammates are very supportive of me. I don’t have that college stress on me now. I’ve already decided that part of my life. Now I can go out there in my last year and give it my all.”