Amy (Buschow) Nielson graduated from Waseca High School in 1990 and from Southwest State University in 1994.
Amy was an outstanding four-sport athlete in high school; participating in tennis, volleyball, softball and basketball. She earned 11 letters; one in tennis, three each in volleyball and softball, and four in basketball.
She was an excellent student and an all around athlete; a member of The National Honor Society and Waseca’s female scholar-athlete award winner in 1990.
Amy received a basketball scholarship to Southwest State University in Marshall, MN where she played for the Mustangs.
In tennis, Amy lettered as a freshman for the Bluejays. In volleyball, she lettered three years and was captain in her senior year. She was named to the All-Area team her junior and senior year and selected to the South Central Conference team as a senior.
In softball, she lettered three times, was a three-year starter and was elected team captain her senior year. She was a pitcher early in her career, but played mostly at first base. She held the Bluejay record for home runs in a season and career. Amy made the All Area team three times, the South Central Conference team her junior and senior year and was selected to the All Region 1-A team three years running. Amy played on the Out-State All Star Softball Team as a senior and was named Honorable Mention to the All State Softball Team by the Minnesota High School League Softball Coaches Association as a senior.
In basketball, Amy was the starting center four years on the varsity, starting more games than any other girl in Lady Jay History. She was captain and MVP as a senior; selected to the All-Area team four years, and All-Area Girls basketball player of the year as a senior. Amy was selected to the South Central Conference team her junior and senior years and Honorable Mention as a sophomore. She was featured as KEYC-TV player of the week and also invited to play in the first Elite Girls Basketball Camp at Bethel College in St. Paul. Amy finished her basketball career as the leading scorer in Lady Jay history with 1,057 points, becoming the first Lady Jay to score over 1,000 points. She also finished her career as the 2nd leading rebounder with 906, just 5 shy of the school record. Amy still holds the record for field goal percentage for a season, at 67%. Her teams were 35-8 over her last two seasons and their 28-4 record her senior year is the best in Lady Jay history. Another highlight of her high school career is having March 20,1990 proclaimed as Amy Buschol Day in the state of Minnesota by Governor Rudy Perpich for her accomplishments on and off the playing court.
Amy continued her basketball career at Southwest State University where she started as a freshman. She played basketball for two weeks overseas in Germany and Czechoslovakia with her Southwest State University teammates in 1990. Amy was 10th in the nation in the NAIA Division 1 in free throw shooting percentage as a sophomore, setting a Southwest State record with 84%. She was named to the All NAIA Division 1 District 13 Woman’s Basketball Team in 1991-1992.
Amy is still active in basketball, volleyball and softball leagues. She has coached several AAU basketball teams and was the girls JV coach at St. Paul Academy.
Amy is currently a stay-at-home mom. She and her husband, Larry Nielson, have twin boys, Brock and Jamie, who are three years old. They live in Lakeland, Minnesota.