Parkersburg Catholic’s Madeline Huffman decides to attend Fairmont State

Photo by Joe Albright Parkersburg Catholic’s Madeline Huffman, seen here playing in the 2019 Class A girls’ basketball state championship game, made her college decision during the offseason. The Crusaderettes’ senior is going to Fairmont State.

PARKERSBURG — Head coach Marty Vierheller and his Parkersburg Catholic Crusaderettes begin their journey toward a third consecutive Little Kanawha Conference title and second-straight state championship game appearance later this year.

Commanding his PCHS forces for the small school in her final season will be two-time Class A All-State First-Team point guard and reigning LKC Player of the Year Madeline Huffman, one player many league coaches have had trouble preparing for over her three years at the school. Most are likely anxious to wish her a happy day crossing the stage at graduation as it eliminates many film-session and game-planning headaches.

Huffman, though, plans to go out with a bang after she removed a big weight off her shoulders in the offseason. Permanently eliminated from her stresses is the college process after her official commitment to Fairmont State University and Falcons’ basketball.

She also made all of the calls to the declined schools.

“It kind of sucked to have to do that with the other schools, but it felt good to have some reassurance and to now know what I am doing,” she said in a phone interview.

Her stress at the end of the process, though, paled in comparison to the stress during the recruiting trail. Huffman knew FSU was her choice following an unofficial visit, including an enjoyable workout with the team, on campus this past May.

She met then-assistant coach Stephanie Anderson, but left the campus unaware of where she stood with the program. Anderson couldn’t offer her right away because she wasn’t the head coach, yet. Her predicament changed on May 3, but Huffman didn’t hear anything from the coach for a few months.

“I thought to myself ‘She is the head coach now, what is going on?,'” said Huffman. “I visited Southern Indiana but at the same time they are seven-and-a-half hours away and I kept hoping FSU would come through for me. I was hoping my family could make some games and I could stay close to home.”

Sweetening the pot further was a “super young” coaching staff likely in house for Huffman’s four seasons. Coach “Steph” also earned all-American PG status during her time at California University of Pennsylvania.

“I am ready for her to help me develop into a really good point guard,” said Huffman. “For them to put their faith in me and think I can help their program means a lot to me.”

The Crusaderette joins a roster full of players making names for themselves playing Mountain State high school basketball in Taylor Duplaga, Emily Riggs, Katy Darnell, Gracey Lamm and Amelia Jenkins.

Academically, Huffman plans to major in business.

Contact Joe Albright at jalbright@newsandsentinel.com.