Hintz learning as a Bear on the Colorado hardwood

Tim Peterson

GREELEY, Colo. — Bridget Hintz left Elk Rapids after graduation in 2016, headed to the University of Northern Colorado. The Elks’ basketball standout was going to play for the Bears, and was going to receive a baptism by fire. No redshirt, just play.

“There was never talk of my being redshirted, so I didn’t think I would be,” Hintz said. “I came in during the summer and jumped right in. It wasn’t an easy year. It was a big change and there was a lot of adjustments to be made.”

Players in most every sport say the speed of the game is the biggest change from high school to college. Hintz made the jump to Division I college basketball from the Lake Michigan Conference and AAU ball, where she dominated as a 6-foot-3 center, despite missing most of her junior year with a foot injury. Instead of a Northern Michigan high school gym, Hintz now calls “The Bank” home — the name for the 4,500-seat arena that hosts the Bears’ basketball programs. Instead of Char the bus driver transporting the team in the Elk Rapids yellow bus to games, the Bears fly to most of the away contests.


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