HELENA – Most college athletes are pros at something other than their sport, and two seniors of Carroll College women’s football are trying to go to hospitals this fall as they graduate from nursing this spring.
Sydney Green, a Fighting Saints goalkeeper, and Brynn Walker, a midfielder, are two seniors for Carroll who pursue careers as nurses when they leave the field.
Green, originally from the Seattle area, said she was trying to stay in Helena and applied to St. Peter Regional Health Medical Center because she loved the area.
“I loved the Helena area and fell in love with Montana when I came here. So it was something I wanted to stay in the area I’ve been in for the past four years and her a bit to do more exploring, “said Green.
Walker, a former Helena Capital Bruin, said she enjoyed growing up in Helena and getting the chance to play for a program she’s known all her life, but is looking forward to it after her time at Crimson and Exchange gold from Big Sky Country.
“I’m actually going to Boise this summer. I was admitted to St. Alphonsus in Boise, the hospital there,” said Walker. “I love Montana, but I haven’t seen anything else. And when I was young I decided this was the best time to get out and do something new.”
Although this is their final season for the Fighting Saints, their head coach Dave Thorvilson said both will make their mark on the program – Walker as a mentor and Green as a leader.
“(Walker) can coach some of our younger players. We put a large group of newbies in the same position and to see how she shows her drive and work ethic, and how she balances football and school and still succeeds on the football field, I think this is for ours younger children is a huge benefit, “said Thorvilson.
“(Green’s) has really been a leader for us, whether starting out or in the bank,” said Thorvilson. “She’s also one of our team captains, since last year too.” I don’t want to say she’s a team mom, but she keeps everyone alright. “
Carroll College (4-2-1) closes its conference season next Monday and Tuesday, with the College of Idaho open for lunch on both days.