Future Cardinal Maggie Newhouse


Maggie Newhouse is set to join St. Mary’s University of Minnesota next fall

Matt Seykora, Writer

Ever since Maggie Newhouse was little, basketball has always been her love. Her love of the sport has propelled her to play basketball in college. Newhouse will be taking her talents to the University of St. Mary’s Minnesota. St. Mary’s is a smaller Division III school located in Winona, Minnesota. They play in a very competitive MIAC division along with schools like Gustavus, St. Benedict and Augsburg. The smaller enrollment was really appealing to Newhouse and instantly drew her towards the school. Current enrollment is around 6,000 with a lot of students involved in athletics. The university is about an hour and a half away and was a perfect distance for the future Cardinal. Newhouse will fit right in with the current student body, as a lot of them are involved in athletics. 

What is more impressive is how involved Newhouse is while playing basketball. She is involved in NHS, Key Club, SHOC, Link Crew and also track. Being able to branch out and lead in so many different ways is one of Newhouse’s best qualities. Her leadership qualities are always on display when leading these clubs and especially in basketball as she is one of the captains. Assistant coach of the Owatonna Girls Basketball Team, Mr. Dan Leer, values Newhouse’s leadership on the court. Leer said, “Maggie’s a hard worker, a positive role model and is a great team member.” Her work ethic also sets her apart from her classmates. Head coach Ms. Lindsey Hugstad-Vaa said, “Maggie has a tremendous work ethic that she brings to practice every day, pushing herself and her teammates to be their best.”

On the court, the shooting guard has learned more than just playing the game of basketball. Newhouse said, “Basketball has taught me that it is more important to work as a team rather than by yourself. I learned that I do not have to score the most points to be a threat on the court.” She also is looking forward to the challenge of playing some college ball. Additionally, Newhouse said, “I have always loved the game and I knew that I didn’t want it to be done after high school. It will be a great opportunity to better my game and to meet a lot of new people.”

With Newhouse leading the girls basketball team, they looked to end their season strong. As this year comes to an end along with Newhouses career as a Huskie, she looks to start a new chapter as a student athlete majoring in pre-sonography.