Madison Hackstadt signed to play basketball at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Madison is sitting next to her parents Neal and Angie Hackstadt. The back row is Okawville High School Athletic Director Jon Kraus, Okawville High School basketball coach Michelle Hasheider-Burianek, and Okawville High School principal Keith Senior.
By Brent Huelsmann
Okawville senior Madison Hackstadt has signed to play college basketball at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Hackstadt has been a five sport athlete while at Okawville. Hackstadt competed in basketball, volleyball, cross country, track and field, and softball for the Lady Rockets. Last season the Lady Rockets fell to Hardin Calhoun in the Sectional Finals.
Hackstadt stated she chose SIU-Edwardsville because of how she felt about head coach Paula Buscher. Hackstadt played at an AAU tournament this past summer, where she made an impression on Buscher. “There were a lot of coaches there, but the one coach who called me immediately after that tournament was Coach Buscher. I went to SIUE on a visit and she just really stuck out as a nice person, a good coach, and someone I would want to be coached by. She is just excited about the game, and makes you excited about the game. Then the girls are really nice too, a nice facility, and not too far away from home, but far enough.”
Hackstadt led the Lady Rockets in both free throws and rebounds last season, and made the All-Tournament team at both the Mascoutah Holiday Tournament and the Nashville Girls Thanksgiving Tournament. Hackstadt was also named a Third-team All-State selection by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association last season.
Hackstadt, now heading into her senior season, says its a huge relief to sign before the start of the season. “It’s really nice because now I don’t have to stress about where I’m going to go to college.”
Hackstadt went on to talk about her high expectations for the upcoming season. “I don’t want to jinx it, but we are looking to go to state this year, hopefully. There are a few schools that we will have competition with. Hardin-Calhoun, and then Lebanon, our rival for the past four years, we will see them eventually more than likely. In practices we are working really well together as a team, and its looking to be a really good season.”
Okawville girls basketball coach, Michelle Hasheider-Burianek talked about Madison moving on to play at the next level. “I’m happy for her. That’s what she wanted, to go play in college, and she’s going to be a great addition to Edwardsville’s team. She loves the game, plays hard, she athletic and I think they’ll love having her play there.”
Hackstadt also stated that she would miss a lot about playing in Okawville. “The O-Zone is great. I love when they get all hyped about our games. Coach H I’m really going to miss. We’ve had a really good bond over the past four years. The girls especially because we play more than one sport. We’ve grown up playing basketball together since we were like five, so I’ll really miss them. It’ll be hard but I’ll meet new people at Edwardsville and that will be fun.”
Hackstadt also says that while at SIU-Edwardsville she will probably have a slightly different role than in high school. “I’ll probably be more of a guard in college so I’ll have to work more on ball handling a little more. I am a guard in high school right now, but we let (Madelyn) Tepe handle the ball.”
Hackstadt plans on going into the medical field, but is not 100% sure which part at this time, although she noted that anesthesiology could be a possibility.
The Lady Rockets begin the season with the Nashville Girls Thanksgiving Tournament. The Lady Rockets begin the tournament with a game against Collinsville on November 20 in Assembly Hall at 6:30 pm. Okawville will play Pinckneyville in the NCHS North Gym at 6:30 pm on November 21, and will play Mascoutah at 9 am in Assembly Hall on November 25.