Whatever Grace Kirk did while playing for her Twin Cities-based Minnesota Stars AAU team at a late-April tournament in Dallas, it was good enough to catch the attention of the Brown University coaching staff.
"Shortly after I got home, they called and said they were offering me," said Kirk, a junior at Duluth Marshall.
Tuesday, Kirk took Bears coach Sarah Behn up on the offer and committed to the NCAA Division I Ivy League school in Providence, R.I. While Ivy League institutions don't dole out athletic scholarships, Kirk expects to receive a healthy financial aid package, especially considering her academic success - a 3.9 grade-point average at Marshall and a score of 28 on the ACT.
An up-tempo, 5-foot-5 point guard who thrives on both ends of the floor, Kirk averaged 27 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and 4.5 steals this past season for the Hilltoppers, who went 22-8 and reached the Section 7AA final, where they fell to Proctor.
Kirk says academics at Brown were just as appealing as basketball. She plans to major in English and minor in African-American Studies, and would like to eventually pursue law school.
"I love school," she said. "I genuinely enjoy learning."
Brown went 9-21 in 2018-19, with a 1-13 mark in conference play. Kirk says the coaching staff believes the recruiting class of 2020 is the strongest since Behn took over in 2014.
The group features a heady and versatile point guard from Duluth.
"They're getting a very vocal leader and a high-motor kid" who likes to defend, who likes to play fast and who likes to facilitate, Kirk said when asked what kind of player the Bears could expect.
Duluth Marshall 5, Ashland 0
Matt Erickson tossed a no-hitter and struck out three as the Hilltoppers won the Lake Superior Conference game in Ashland.
Cloquet 7, Esko 5
Gavin Rasmussen doubled twice and Jake Huhta drove in two runs as the Lumberjacks won the nonconference game at home.
Duluth Denfeld 10, Proctor 0
Logan Jasper was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, Dane Herold and Dane Dzuck each had two hits and two RBIs, and the Hunters won the Lake Superior Conference game at Wade Stadium.
Nate Johnson earned the pitching victory for the Hunters, allowing three hits and fanning five over 4 1/3 innings.
Superior 9, Hermantown 4
Riley Rehnstrand's three hits and three RBIs backed up the pitching of Joe Barker, who came on in relief to work six innings and quiet the hot-starting Hawks in LSC action at NBC Spartan Sports Complex.
Barker allowed one unearned run on one hit and a walk. He struck out seven.
Virginia 14, Two Harbors 1
For the third time in the Blue Devils' past four games, senior Madeline Potts homered - her seventh of the season - to highlight a five-inning Section 7AA playoff win over the Agates in Virginia.
Virginia, the section's runner-up in 2018, faces Mora on Thursday in Cloquet.
Duluth Marshall 6, Greenway 5
Isabelle Hansen drove in three runs as the Hilltoppers won the 7AA playoff game at Wade Field.
Proctor 13, Mesabi East 0
Sarah Urban allowed only one hit in five innings as the Rails cruised to the 7AA playoff win at home.
Superior, Northwestern advance
Superior finished fourth in the Wisconsin Division 1 regional at Nemadji Golf Course to advance to the Sectional 1 finals.
T.J. Sitek and Taylor Burger led the Spartans by tying for seventh with 78s.
Northwestern, led by second-place Trevor Priem (77) was second in the Division 2 regional at Black River Golf Course in Medford and qualified for sectionals.