Aug. 7, 2010
Nine years ago, Erin Boettcher gave up the game of kicking a black and white ball with your feet for the game of throwing a big orange ball into a basket. And all because her mother told her she was too tall to play soccer. Well, it's a good thing she stuck with the orange ball because freshman center Erin Boettcher will have the opportunity to make an impact on the inside this year for the University of New Mexico.
Erin attended Carondelet High School, an all-girls private Catholic school that helped shape her work ethic and values. "At first I didn't like it, I thought it was kind of boring. But it was actually pretty fun because our junior and senior years we got to have class with boys. It turned out I really liked it," Erin said. But just because an all-girls school allowed mixed classes, doesn't mean they let just anything slide. "It's (Carondelet) really structured so you have to be really disciplined. You can't get away with not doing your work," said Erin.
Discipline and hard work paid off for Erin as she excelled during her senior basketball season. She averaged 11 points and eight rebounds, leading her team to an overall record of 27-6. Erin was awarded second team all-league, Scholar Athlete for the North Coast Section, a sportsmanship certificate and was a McDonald's All-American nominee.
School is just another area outside of basketball that Erin excels in. She plans on studying biology and looks forward to getting involved not only in the classroom, but also around campus. "There are a lot of different things you can do to get involved. I'm looking forward to all of the different opportunities UNM offers in science," Erin said.
After her first taste of Albuquerque in June, Erin looks forward to returning. "I liked all the cultural things about it. The people are really nice, and I think it is a really cool place." Even though it took some time getting used to the altitude, Erin said that she's, "really excited for the next four years."
Quick Profile Recap
Name: Erin Boettcher
Hometown: Concord, Calif.
Red or Green: I like the green chile a lot! It's so good!
Favorite Food: Italian
Favorite Movie: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Favorite Basketball Memory: Last year when we went into triple overtime in one of our games and won to get to go to state.
Looking Forward to Most for Next Year: Meeting new people, having a new way of life, and being in a different area.
The final freshman introduction, Jasmine Patterson, will be featured in next Friday's edition of From the U. Come back to GoLobos.com to meet her!