Dec 12, 2017
Being a student athlete is difficult, and being a two-sport student athlete is even more challenging and demanding. That is the endeavor that Riley Helmick has taken on, becoming a member of the Blue Hawk golf and basketball teams.
The high school standout in both golf and basketball made the decision to put her focus on the hardwood as she made the leap to the next level. Helmick, a native of Ontario, Oregon, stayed in her home town for her first years of college, studying and playing basketball at Treasure Valley Community College. The TVCC basketball team appreciated her choice. In her two years playing, Helmick netted 140 three-pointers, setting a school record.
As Helmick began to plan to take the next step in her collegiate career she realized she had an opportunity to pick up her clubs again. "I took the two years off of golf, but I realized that I really missed it, so I wanted to find somewhere that I could do both. I found DSU," Helmick said.
On the golf course, Helmick made an instant impact for the Blue Hawk golf team, as she was put in the five scoring golfers for tournaments.
In the fall North Star Athletic Association tournament hosted at Bully Pulpit in Medora, Helmick struggled on the first day shooting a 99. Helmick's persistence and drive showed in the second round, cutting 16 shots off her first day's total, resulting in an 83 on the difficult course.
Now Helmick puts the clubs away, only temporarily, to lock in on the Blue Hawk basketball schedule through the winter. On the court, Helmick looks to be a strong contributor to the Blue Hawks. You will be able to see Helmick and her teammates throughout the winter in Scott Gymnasium.