Abbie Lohof represents MSU Billings

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By GARRETT HARR
Outlook staff writer

Abbie Lohof graduated Laurel High School in 2016. She is the daughter of Rusty and Rosanne Lohof. She is now a freshman at Montana State University Billings and plays collegiate basketball for the Yellowjackets.
She grew up for 13 years in Laurel playing the role of star basketball player for the Locomotives and spending weekends with her group of 11 close friends. They enjoyed playing games together, watching movies and laughing.
Lohof grew up watching her older brother, Luke play basketball and following him from tournament to tournament, eventually developing a love of the game herself. For stress-relief, for fun, for whatever, it didn’t matter, not as long as she could play.
Things are a bit different now. She got a basketball scholarship to play in Billings. She lives on campus in the dorms, where she crochets hats and scarves while listening to country music, mixed with a little ‘80s and ’90s rock. She is patiently waiting for the Christmas music season. In the meantime, hip-hop from the 2000s seems to be always playing in her mind.
She reads books for class and books for herself. “Blind Your Ponies,” by Montanan Stanley Gordon West is on her bookshelf. She wears sandals to the dormitory showers, because she must, because of the “who knows what has been there on the floor before,” feeling that she gets every time she steps into the showers.
Lohof’s days are very scheduled. She goes to class, goes to practice, has some lunch, maybe a little downtime and then she studies. As tough as it is she loves it all: the new people, the traveling and the independence. Of course, she misses Laurel, her family and her dog, but she is making sure to embrace every moment of college life.
Lohof is studying education, with hopes of teaching in the future. She wants to pursue her master’s degree in speech pathology in order to help people with speech impediments or breathing disorders. It’s a cause very close to her heart. She developed vocal cord disfunction when she was younger and had abnormal closing of her vocal cords when doing anything strenuous, including exercising. She went to a 10-day visit to Denver to see a doctor who specializes in the disorder. Lohof now knows and practices many breathing exercises.
The freshman loves the fast pace of college basketball with the added benefit of travel as well as the competitiveness. She can play the three, four, or five position on the court for her team and has already traveled to California and will be going to Alaska soon.
The MSUB Yellowjackets program is currently raising money to go on a International basketball tour to Spain in the spring of 2017, giving all the girls a chance to travel abroad.
“I play for the little girl who fell in love with the game,” she said. “I work hard and I never give up. The whole breathing thing? I thought I would never play again, but I did.”
Lohof’s an admitted hip-hop and sneaker-head. She enjoys simply listening to country tunes while she crotchets. She loves her family, her dog, her city and the game. And sometimes, during downtime when the games are over, the lights are off, and the rims are blanketed in darkness, the little girl from Laurel is filled with dreams.

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