Canby’s Viessman to continue athletic career at Dakota Wesleyan University

CANBY – This past season the Canby Lancers enjoyed one of their best seasons in program history, finishing with a 20-4 record. The team was an experienced bunch, with eight seniors. Out of those eight seniors, three of them are going onto play college basketball.

Natalie Dinius will be attending Upper Iowa University. Sydney Sisk will be attending Dakota Wesleyan University. Joining Sisk at DWU will be teammate, Morgan Viessman.

The two guards have been playing in the same backcourt for quite some time for the Lancers and now they’ll get the opportunity to continue to play together for four more years for the DWU Tigers.

“It will be a lot of fun,” Viessman said. “I’m excited to play with her for another four years.”

The opportunity to play college basketball is something Viessman has been striving for since she started playing competitive basketball in fourth grade.

“It means a lot,” Viessman said. “I’ve enjoyed playing basketball over the years. It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve made a lot of memories. I’m excited to take it up to another level and learn more about the game. I’m looking forward to making new friendships with my new teammates.”

Viessman will be joining a program that finished last season with a 27-7 record, and has compiled a 92-40 record over the past four years. That winning culture was a big draw for Viessman.

“I really liked the program and I really liked the community,” Viessman said. “They are really supportive of the basketball team and the other athletic programs. I really liked that because it reminded me of Canby. The coaches were really nice and it’s a really nice campus.”

Viessman, a three-sport athlete said she loves the game of basketball because of the way it challenges her to get better everyday.

“There are different things you can work on every game and every practice,” she said. “There are always new ways to get better and improve.”

Defense wins championships. Viessman knows that if she’s going to be successful at the next level she needs to improve her defensive skillset.

“I’m really focused on improving my defense,” Viessman said. “Playing defense is my favorite part of the game. Our coach, Jeff Thovson always preached defense. I’ve really worked on that over the years and I look forward to continuing to work on that part of my game.”

The support that the DWU athletic programs have in the Mitchell community was a big factor in Viessman’s decision to attend DWU. That close knit family feeling will be what she misses the most about being a Canby Lancer.

“I’ll miss the community support,” she said. “I’ll miss all my coaches and teammates. They’ve really pushed me to work hard at basketball. They’ve all been great over the years.”