April 10, 2013

Price is key to Berries’ success in softball, basketball

by Beau Wicker

— Logansport senior Madyson Price was a starter for the Lady Berries basketball team that finished as the most successful in school history.

And she doesn’t even consider basketball her best sport.

That would be softball, as she recently signed to play at Ancilla College.

“One of my main goals was to play softball in college, and I get the opportunity to do that, so that’s really exciting to me,” Price said.

Price is a solid defensive first baseman for the Berries who has started since her freshman season.

The Berries (1-3) have had a difficult schedule to start the season. They opened with three straight one-run losses to Harrison, Twin Lakes and McCutcheon before winning at Lafayette Jeff 5-3 on Monday.

“They beat McCutcheon and Harrison, and we beat them,” Price said of the Bronchos. “It was good. We didn’t have any errors. We had quite a few errors in the past three games and that was what probably what kept us from winning those games.”

It looks like the upcoming Class 4A Harrison Sectional will be wide open.

“It’d be cool to get a win in my last year,” Price said.

The Berries finally broke through with a sectional title in girls basketball, their first since 2007.

“That was awesome. It was really exciting,” Price said. “We had lost to McCutcheon every year and we finally beat them.”

The Berries went 25-2, won their second straight North Central Conference title and finished ranked No. 4 in Class 4A.

Price was supposed to be the Berries’ super sub off the bench, as she can play four positions, 2 through 5, standing in at 5-foot-9. But about midway through the season starter Seanna Redman suffered a torn ACL, and Price was inserted into the starting lineup at small forward.

The Berries didn’t really miss a beat other than losses to Class 2A state champion Evansville Mater Dei and Class 4A state runner-up Fort Wayne South.

Price said Redman could have been the difference in the regional final against Fort Wayne South, as the Berries might have ran out of gas after the regional semifinal against another very physical squad, Fort Wayne Snider.

“That whole day was rough, the same team twice in one day,” Price said. “Seanna was definitely fast and she was really good on defense, so maybe if she would have been in that game it would have turned out different. But you can’t change the past.”

Price talked about playing in front of a huge Logansport crowd at the Kokomo Regional.

“That was awesome. I probably will never forget that. It was definitely a different feeling I’ve ever had since I had never played in something that big before,” she said.

The following is a question-and-answer session with Price.

Q. Of the sports you play, which is your favorite? Why?

A. This is probably the hardest question to answer. I’d say the season of the sport I am in at the time would be my favorite.

Q. How did you first get started in sports? At what age?

A. I started doing sports at age 6. I was on a basketball team at the YMCA.

Q. Do you have any family members who played sports?

A. Dad [Jim] — football, wrestling; Mom [Robin] — cheerleading, dance; Lindsay — soccer, basketball, swimming, track; Chelsea — volleyball, swimming; McKenzie — dance, Berryettes.

Q. Have you ever played a sport that you were not successful at?

A. I am definitely not good at golf, even miniature golf.

Q. How do you feel you’ve improved as an athlete since you first started playing?

A. My knowledge of each sport has improved. I feel like I understand the game much better.

Q. Who do you consider your biggest role model? Why?

A. My oldest sister, Lindsay, because we are so much alike in many ways. Also she has always been independent, funny and smart. She has taught me a lot in life.

Q. What experiences have you had in sports have made you the athlete you are today?

A. I have had the chance to meet wonderful people throughout the years during sports. Every opponent, coach and teammate has made me the athlete I am today.

Q. What is something that not everyone knows about you?

A. I enjoy taking art classes such as ceramics, drawing and commercial art.

Q. What is your favorite memory of playing sports at your school?

A. My favorite memory is being able to play in the regional championship during this past basketball season.

Q. What’s your favorite music, movie, TV show, etc.?

A. Music: The Killers. Movie: Mean Girls. Sports team: Pacers. TV show: Law & Order: SVU. Book: The Five People You Meet from Heaven.

Q. Who is the best athlete in your respective sport you’ve ever gone up against?

A. Christine Skaggs from Kokomo.

Q. What are your goals for your future? Do you plan on attending college?

A. I plan to play softball at Ancilla College. My goal is to receive an associate’s degree while at Ancilla, then transfer to a four-year school to get a bachelor’s degree. My major is undecided at this point.

Each week during the school year the Pharos-Tribune recognizes an athlete from one of five area high schools. The recipients are selected by each school’s athletic department.