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Tjebben’s choice: ex-Dodger, Triton star to Morningside

Messenger file photo by Britt Kudla Bre Tjebben makes a catch for Iowa Central at Rogers Park last spring. Tjebben is a former Fort Dodge Dodger all-stater and Triton All-American.

Bre Tjebben will always remember the season that never was at Iowa Central.

Now she is just focused on her next stop.

Tjebben, a Fort Dodge Senior High all-stater and a Triton All-American, has committed to the Morningside College softball program.

“My time at Iowa Central was the best two years,” Tjebben said. “I have made life-long friendships and have a coaching staff that I know will be apart of my life forever.

“Still in shock and heartbroken about our season ending, but I love my Triton family more than anything and know they will jump right back into it next fall.”

Iowa Central was 15-4 and ranked in the Top-20 when news came that the season would be canceled as a way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Tjebben was hitting .386 with seven home runs, 19 RBI and 19 runs at the time.

Last year, Tjebben earned All-America honors for the Tritons after batting .443 with 13 homers, 56 runs, 54 RBI and just six strikeouts in 51 games played. She also had 14 doubles and six steals, drawing 16 walks.

Morningside was 15-6 and ranked 20th in NAIA when its season was halted. The Mustangs are coached by Jessica Jones-Sitzmann, who owns 713 career victories in 21 seasons, including nine national tournament appearances and eight Great Plains Athletic Conference titles.

“Everything felt right: the campus was perfect and Coach Sitzmann was the only one who had been really consistent with me,” Tjebben said. “Morningside felt right the second I started my visit and I am beyond excited to play for Coach Sitzmann as a Mustang.”

With the Dodgers, Tjebben was a four-time first team all-CIML Iowa Conference selection, two-time all-stater and played on the Class 5A all-star team.

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