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Medworth headed to play for DePauw Tigers

Friday, May 14, 2004

Northview senior Whitney Medworth (front center) will play basketball for DePauw University next season. Medworth, Northview's all-time leading scorer is shown with (back row l-r) her parents, Bob and Ruthann Medworth, Northview Principal Ken Wallace and Girls Athletic Director Jan Gambill.

Over the past few seasons senior Whitney Medworth has been one of the most recognizable faces of Northview basketball. She's also been one of their biggest promoters as arguably the most popular players amongst the 'Krazy Kids' Club members.

Oh yeah, and she can play a little bit too.

Medworth will graduate as the Knight's all-time leading scorer, passing Frieda Crispin in a 27-point effort versus Owen Valley on January 9. However, her college choice is just as interested in her playmaking ability as her scoring.

Recently, Medworth made the decision to attend college at DePauw University in Greencastle.

There, she will join a highly successful program that advanced to the second round of the Divsion III NCAA Tournament last season and finished with a 26-4 overall mark.

Head Coach Kris Huffman has won nearly 83 percent of her games since the 1996-97 season, going 180-38.

The Tigers graduated a pair of regular guards from last season's squad and will welcome the 6'1 Medworth's size and ball handling ability from the point guard position.

Medworth averaged more than five assists per game in the 2003-04 season and will be very valuable in an offense that thrives on pushing the ball up the court in transition.

"I really liked the fact that they push the ball up the court," commented Medworth about the Tigers style of offense. "I think my height as a guard was something that (DePauw) really liked."

Another factor in her decision was her visits to the campus to meet Coach Huffman and the current players for the Tigers.

"I really liked their campus and they made me feel welcome and comfortable there," said Medworth of her visitations. "They have a coach (Dana Ferguson) who kept in touch with me and talked about things other than basketball. And they sent me cards from their trips too."

That close knit environment should help mirror that which Medworth and other Northview athletes have enjoyed in their high school experience in Brazil.

Medworth's father and high school basketball coach, Bob Medworth, also felt that DePauw possessed some of the best characteristics of the schools interested in Whitney's basketball services.

"When we met Coach Huffman, I was immediately impressed with what she had to say," commented Bob Medworth. "Coach Huffman gave us some time to speak to her players alone and each one of them immediately told us how much they love their coach."

That type of team environment helped Medworth make DePauw her choice over Franklin, Lakeland and Lincoln Trail College as well as the proximity of the Greencastle campus to friends and family in Brazil.

Medworth, who has an interest in pursuing Communications or perhaps Sports Promotion in college, will join the Tigers in the Fall and hopes to see court time as a freshman.

DePauw will return a strong squad following last season's NCAA berth.

The Tigers return All-Region players Sarah Zonder and Amy Argetsinger as well as starter Lindsey Houin and graduate guard Mandy Harrison, who led the team in assists, and Tria Yoder.

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