MHS' Hoffman wins $1,000 scholarship at Hy-Vee Shootout

By Steve Sell
December 20, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — McPherson High senior Madison Hoffman was a double winner Friday afternoon.

Not only did she have a hand in the Bullpups' rousing 60-33 victory over Lee's Summit North in the Hy-Vee Shootout, she was a winner off the court.

Out of all the senior players in the 42-team tournament, Hoffman was chosen as the girls' recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from Hy-Vee. The presentation was made right after MHS' victory.

Each of the coaches in the tournament nominated a senior based on athletics and academics. In addition to basketball, Hoffman has been a softball and tennis standout. She's also an outstanding student and part of many activities.

"When we nominated her, obviously she’s an outstanding student and a good leader,” MHS coach Chris Strathman said. “But I also highlighted the fact that she’s a very good three-sport athlete in a time when that trend has almost gone out the door. There's too much specialization these days, and Madison is a key player for our team, she’s a huge player for softball, a state runner-up last year, and a state-runner up in tennis this fall. She’s had great run, a great career for those three sports and am just really proud of her.”

Hoffman is rather quiet on the court, choosing to lead by example.

"They (her teammates) definitely do (respect her) and so do her coaches," Strathman said. "She's earned that."