LEGRAND – Taylor Fricke is ready to write the next chapter of her hoops career as a member of the Waldorf College women's basketball team.
Fricke, a senior at East Marshall High School, signed a letter of intent with the Warriors on Thursday.
"Taylor truly embodies the qualities of being a student-athlete," Waldorf coach Katie Schutjer said. "She has a great attitude and has the qualities to be a true leader."
Battling and overcoming adversity has been the story for Fricke during her prep career at East Marshall. She missed her entire freshman season after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Early into her sophomore year, she tore all of the ligaments in her other knee. It wasn't enough to stop Fricke. She persevered and bounced back.
As a junior, Fricke averaged 14.3 points and 7.6 rebounds a game while leading the Mustangs in scoring and rebounding. The Gilman native has only continued to elevate her game. She's averaging 16.1 points and 6.1 boards while leading East Marshall through the first 20 games of her senior season.
A three-year varsity starter, Fricke received her first varsity letter in basketball as a junior. She's also been active in softball, receiving first-team all-state recognition and helping East Marshall reach the Class 3A state tournament for the third consecutive season in 2014.
Fricke capped the 2013-14 basketball season with first-team all-conference honors from the North Iowa Cedar League. She was also named an all-area and all-region selection.
Continuing the sport she has poured her heart and dedication into, Fricke is overjoyed to begin the next stage of her career with the Warriors.
"It means a lot to me to have the opportunity to play at Waldorf," Fricke said. "I am very excited to improve my skills and play the sport I love."
Fricke is the daughter of Mark Fricke and Trisha Barela. She plans to pursue a degree in education at Waldorf. Joining the Warriors, Fricke said she feels at home.
"I loved the small feeling Waldorf has," Fricke said. "It will be an easy transition from high school to college and that was a big factor to me. Also, Coach Schutjer made me feel very welcomed as soon as I arrived. She certainly helped me along the way and that played a part in my decision."
Signing with Waldorf, Fricke becomes the second member of the team's 2015-16 recruiting class. She's expected to provide a strong post presence while stretching defenses for the Warriors.
"On the court, she will be a force inside the paint as well as extending and providing perimeter play," Schutjer said. "I am excited to see how hard she will continue to work and where that will take her."