Athlete of the Week: Madysen Herald

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Senior helping Lena through tough times

Lena’s Madysen Herald is averaging over 10 points per game in her senior season on the basketball court. (Contributed photo)

Athlete: Madysen Herald

Sport: Girls basketball

School: Lena High School

Year: Senior

Despite not earning many wins on the season, the Lena High School girls basketball team has kept a strong attitude on the court. One of the reasons behind the team’s positive thinking is because of the leadership shown by senior Madysen Herald.

Herald helped the Wildcats to their lone win of the season back on Jan. 10, recording 17 points, six rebounds and six steals. In the team’s most recent game Jan. 17, she tallied 11 points and had five steals.

Q: When did your interest in basketball begin?

A: I started playing basketball in fourth grade and I’ve loved the sport ever since.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a basketball game or the basketball season?

A: My favorite part about a basketball game is reading the opponent’s pass, stealing the ball and scoring or drawing the foul — making good plays when needed. And my favorite thing about the season is being able to play with my teammates.

Q: What’s your favorite memory of competing on the Lena girls basketball team?

A: Throughout my four years of high school basketball, there has been so many awesome memories, but my favorite was when we hosted a regional game against Florence. It was a great game, and we pulled off the win.

Q: What serves as your motivation while playing on the court?

A: My motivation comes from myself, my teammates, and the fans. My self-motivation is pushing myself to always do my best, each and every game. My teammates motivate me to always give my all until the final buzzer. Our fans energy helps as motivation to keep going throughout the game, winning or losing, and have fun doing it.

Q: It’s been a tough start to the season for your team. How do you and your teammates stay positive and keep battling each time out on the court?

A: We never go into a game with a bad attitude. Winning or losing, we always give it all we’ve got, and play hard until the end of the game. We cheer each other on and are supportive of one another at all times.

Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals?

A: Before our games, my team and I always listen to music.

Q: Do you look up to any particular athletes? If so, why them?

A: I look up to a lot of the girls that played for Lena in the past years because they were always helpful during practices and games and supportive at all times.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not in school or competing in a high school sport?

A: I enjoy spending time with my family watching movies or playing games. I love going to the off-road races with my best friend, Alayna Peterson, to cheer on the Broke-N-Dirty racers and also my boyfriend and his dad, who race light buggy.

Q: Favorite TV show, movie and musical artist?

A: My favorite TV show is “Forensic Files” on Netflix, my favorite movie is “Footloose,” and my favorite musical artist is Demi Lovato.

Q: Name one thing about yourself that not many people know.

A: When I was 9 years old, I was kicked in the head by a horse at a showmanship competition. I suffered an epidural hematoma and needed immediate surgery. I had to have a titanium plate along with screws put in my head. It was a long recovery, but I ended up OK, surprising all my doctors, nurses, and most of all, my parents.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

A: My coach (Tim Goldschmidt) reminds me to “leave it all out on the court.” If I have a bad game, or frustrated with how I played, he reminds me to “leave it all out on the court,” and forget about it. Focus on the positives and the next game.