For Hattie Thatcher, Montana Tech’s Homecoming meant she doesn’t have to leave home at all.
The Butte High senior athlete signed to play basketball for the Montana Tech women’s basketball team Saturday.
Tech coach Kerie DePell announced the signing during the Montana Tech-Southern Oregon football game.
“I couldn’t be more excited to sign Hattie,” DePell said. “She is extremely talented on the court, in the classroom and with her interpersonal skills. She is a true point guard, sees the court well, is a great ball handler, and can score as well. ”
Thatcher has played varsity for the Bulldogs since her freshman season. Last year she averaged nine points per game — despite missing time with mononucleosis — to help lead the Bulldogs to the State tournament.
Thatcher also helped the Bulldogs win the Class AA 2011 State title in softball, and she’s a captain on the Butte High volleyball team.
“She excels academically, which bodes well for her future at Montana Tech,” DePell said. “She is fun to be around, has a great personality, and I absolutely love her competitive nature. She is going to be successful because of that, and I can’t wait to see her in Digger green next year.”
Thatcher made an appearance on the KBOW halftime show during Saturday’s football game.
“I’m super, super excited,” she said. “I’ve known coach DePell since she came here as an assistant coach.”
Thatcher made her official visit on Friday. She took in some Homecoming events before signing with her hometown school.
“I realized I just don’t want to leave home, so I thought it was the best choice,” Thatcher said. “I just hope I can truly benefit the team when I get up here. I’m excited.”