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Tom Mix, Published September 05 2013

South-Davies girls hockey product Kara Tupa commits to UND

FARGO – Another Fargo South-Fargo Davies high school girls hockey product is taking her game to the Division I level.

Kara Tupa, a senior forward, now playing with Honeybaked – a U19 High Performance team in Michigan – committed to play her college hockey at the University of North Dakota on Thursday.

“I have dreamed about playing at UND since I was little,” Tupa said. “UND is one of the top programs in the country, and I think I can improve as a player there. I can’t believe it. It really is a dream come true.”

She is the second player from South-Davies to commit to a Division I program in the last two years joining Lindsay Nagel, who is a sophomore at Minnesota-Mankato.

Tupa posted 18 goals and 28 assists for South-Davies as a junior and helped the team to a 16-10 record and a fifth-place finish at the North Dakota state tournament.

In three seasons with South-Davies, Tupa collected 53 goals and 64 assists. She was a member of South-Davies state championship team in 2012.

“She has a great work ethic,” South-Davies head coach Josh Issertell said of Tupa. “She has grown as an individual and player over the last couple of years. She relentlessly pursues improving her game, and that type of determination is what has brought her game to the next level.”

Tupa opted to play her senior year with the Honeybaked Hockey Club, which fields four Tier I girls hockey teams (U19, U16, U14 and U12) that compete in the High Performance Hockey League.

“UND pushed for me to play with Honeybaked because they liked the program, and it was a good opportunity for me to improve,” Tupa said.

Honeybaked plays a

60-game schedule, and the team’s season is already underway. Tupa said it has been an adjustment, but she has recorded several assists with her new squad.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562

Woken goes to Shattuck-St. Mary’s

FARGO ­­– South-Davies girls hockey coach Josh Issertell confirmed that sophomore Alex Woken has transferred to play hockey at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minn.

Woken led the Bruins in scoring last season as a freshman finishing with 63 points (40 goals and 23 assists). She ranked third in the state for scoring.

“Just to have her for one year was awesome,” Issertell said. “She played very well for us as a freshman.”