Madi Heiderscheidt picked up plenty of accolades as a Sleepy Eye Indian, but now focuses on the challenges of playing college basketball.

Eight months removed from carrying her team to a second-place finish in the Class A State Tournament last March, Madi Heiderscheidt has begun the next level of her basketball career.

Last year, Madi committed to the College of St. Benedicts to continue her love for the game of basketball.

Heiderscheidt is looking forward to the challenge of playing basketball at the next level as the college game is sure to bring its own set of challenges. “I would say the biggest transitions have been the pace of play and physicality,” Heiderscheidt says of the first few weeks of practice at St. Ben’s. “I am most looking forward to having the opportunity to compete with a group of girls that are just as passionate about the sport as I am.”

Madi also is grateful for the support she garners from her family. “They always have and will continue to encourage me to be the best player I can be and support me in everything I do.”

Heiderscheidt is currently Sleepy Eye’s all-time leader in field goals made with 236, 3-pointers made with 88, free throws made with 163, assists with 125 and steals with 124. This past season she also set three different single-game records for the Sleepy Eye girls with most points in a game (43), most assists in a game (14) and most steals in a game (12).

Heiderscheidt recently had a scrimmage against St. Cloud State Nov. 2. She and the Bennies begin their season Tuesday, Nov. 13 against University of Minnesota-Morris. The team will also be traveling to Nashville in late December. Madi's first audition locally will be Wednesday, Jan. 9 when she and her team visit St. Peter to play against Gustavus.

Madi is attending St. Ben’s with hopes of accomplishing a degree in the biochemistry program.