Effingham Daily News
It was a few months in the making, but Teutopolis’ Madeline Hartke made her next step official Wednesday.
The Lady Shoes’ senior had her signing ceremony Wednesday afternoon, officially committing to play basketball at Maryville University in St. Louis next season.
Hartke said she’s known for a while, since about the beginning of the school year, but liked the fit between her and Maryville.
“It was about mid-summer when I started getting serious looks,” Hartke said. “I kind of had it narrowed down by the end of summer, and by the time school started, I had a decision pretty much.”
The decision was a mix of the athletics and the academics, making Maryville a very attractive option for the Shoes’ senior.
“(It was) mainly the PT (physical therapy) program they have, and then I liked their team,” she said. “I felt like I synced the most with them. I got along with them very well.”
Hartke also had interest from a number of schools, but narrowed down her list to Quincy, Illinois-Springfield and Maryville before deciding to become a Saint.
She averaged 14.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game last season while shooting 45.5 percent from the field.
She was named to the Illinois Basketball Coaches’ Association All-State second team for classes 1A and 2A.
While Hartke generally plays forward or center alongside Haley Giles for the Wooden Shoes, she said her role may change at 5-foot-9 in the college game.
“More so of a guard position, shooting the outside shot and driving too,” she said.
It’s been a busy week for the Wooden Shoes, kicking off their season with a 67-24 win over Pana Monday night. It was a a balanced night overall for the Shoes, with all five starters scoring at least seven points. Hartke had eight points, three rebounds and a steal in the effort.
The next day, Teutopolis was voted as the second-ranked team in Class 2A, coming off a season where Hartke and the Lady Shoes advanced to Super Sectionals. Teutopolis brings back its entire roster this season.
Maryville is the next step for Hartke, but her current step will be powering the Lady Shoes in this weekend’s tournament at Salem, kicking off Friday night with a game against Centralia.