For the father-daughter team of Bill and Tricia Sorensen ’13 of Bismarck, N. D., this is a story of the apple not falling far from the tree with a good measure of ‘whatever you can do, I can do better.’
Bill suited up as a guard-forward for Sonny Gulvig’s Cobber men’s basketball teams from 1971-73. He was an outside shooter, but as they say, these days basketball is played indoors.
“I didn’t play much, but I learned a lot of lessons about life from Sonny. His players loved him,” says Bill.
Tricia is a MIAC All-Conference forward, leads the Cobber women in scoring, rebounds and steals, and is team captain. In contrast to her dad, she has a great inside game and doesn’t spend much time riding the pine.
“I’m having a lot of fun,” says Tricia. “I love everything about Cobber basketball.”
After graduating, Bill coached junior varsity basketball for a season and worked in admissions for five years, recruiting students to Concordia.
Tricia works in the office of Student Success and Retention, helping keep students at Concordia.
And on summer weekends, Bill and Tricia dazzle audiences in the western North Dakota tourist town of Medora with their own magic, mirth and juggling show.
Bill began learning magic tricks and juggling as a teenager, and has entertained audiences in nearly all-50 states. He’s done the 4M Review in Medora for 29 years and still enjoys every show.
Tricia literally grew up in Medora watching her dad’s juggling and magic act, thinking it was no big deal. She took up juggling on her own, and now teaches the old guy new tricks to use in their act.
“She picks things up quickly,” quips Bill.
Tricia is the youngest of Bill’s four daughters. She was inspired by an older sister who played high school basketball, so Tricia began shooting buckets in the family driveway at age 6, come rain, snow or shine. She played one-on-one with her dad, and when he noticed she was clanging her shots off the iron in a game, the two of them spent a long Saturday afternoon at the Y correcting her shooting style.
“He showed me how to keep my elbow in,” says Tricia. “By the end of the afternoon I had it down. Now I’m always thinking, ‘elbows in.’”
“We’re all about doing things together,” says Bill.
“Yeah, and all about trying to out do each other,” adds Tricia.