By Kris Freeman, Sports Information Director
WHITE HOUSE – Senior Lady Devils left forward Madeline Hargrove made her college choice official on Monday, signing to continue her athletic career and play soccer at Midway University in Kentucky.
Scoring 21 goals and adding eight assists, Hargrove helped lead her team to the Class AA State Championship in 2017 with a 1-0 victory over Greeneville in the title game. She was one of three Lady Devils named a state-wide All-Star, and was a member of the All-District 9-AA team.
“She has one of the most pure shots I have seen of any girls I have coached,” White House head coach Mike Felzien said. “She has a tremendous ability to move the ball on the net and can play well with both feet. We are going to miss her and we are very proud of her. A lot of our girls could score, and any team would be thrilled to have a player of her caliber with the production she brought to us offensively.”
After a tough start to the 2017 season with a hard tournament out of town, the White House Lady Devils made an impressive and improbable run to the state title from 0-4 and never lost again winning the district, region, sectional and state championships, including a 3-0 mark in the state tournament.
“In October, I got an opportunity to tour the campus and eventually received an offer to play, and it was so exciting to be a part of this season with my teammates,” Hargrove said. “I am thankful for the opportunity to play college soccer and for Midway giving me the chance to continue my career.”
She was a part of a five-member senior class on the Lady Devils, and is the fifth member of the senior class at WHHS this year to sign a college scholarship.
“I am very excited to see her go to college and play soccer,” her father David said. “She is very disciplined and has worked hard and we are very proud of her. I’m glad she’s going to be close to home, but it’s not too far I wish it was closer, but this will be great to have the opportunity to see her play.”
She plans to pursue the medical field in college and play for the Eagles, who play in the Mid South Conference of the NAIA. Midway was 7-7-1 and 2-6-1 in conference play in 2017. Located in northern Kentucky, Midway is located on I-64 between Frankfurt and Lexington, about an hour east of Louisville.
“Madeline has worked so hard preparing for this, and she runs and trains extra above and beyond her workouts,” her mom Daphne said. “Coach Felzien and Coach Showalter have always been huge supporters of her and her soccer career, and I couldn’t be more proud of her sportsmanship and striving to be a better player.
“We are thankful that Midway University has given her this opportunity and we thank Coach Smith for seeing her potential.”
Madeline was joined for the ceremony Monday by her teammates, family, coaches and friends at the White House High School library.
“Madeline is a quiet leader, and leads by example and she’s probably said 45 words the entire time she has been at White House High School, but she’s a kid with great character and the exact type of young lady you want to represent your school, and she’s going to do great things,” White House principal Scott Langford said.
Pictured are: (front, L-R) brother Samuel Hargrove, dad David Hargrove, Madeline Hargrove, mom Daphne Hargrove, (back, L-R) White House principal Scott Langford, Lady Devils head coach Mike Felzien, Midway third-year head coach Sherrill Smith, and White House Soccer club coach John Lees.