Collier plays one final time in the sport she loves.
Madison Collier enjoys running, and had much success doing so for the Rolla High School cross country and track squads during her Lady Bulldog career.
But the sport that Collier loves the most is basketball.
And calling it the final competitive game of her career, she said last Saturday’s 20th annual Gerald Pilz & Friends All-Star Basketball Game will always hold a special place for her.
“I consider it my last hurrah,” Collier, who was a three-year starter for Rolla High, said prior to tipping off in Saturday’s all-star contest. “I love this sport so much. It will be my last game and I’m so excited to play.”
Collier played on the girls’ blue squad, scoring four points in the two halves of play. The blue squad lost to the Red team 28-13 and lost to the white team 30-21. The red team went on to win the girls’ all-star event.
Among the other area players who participated Saturday were Dixon’s Mattie Whitaker and Camdenton’s Abby Moulder in the girls’ event and Rolla’s Damaris Facen, St. James’ Addison Conway, Licking’s Jake Hood, Iberia’s Darrien Dickey and Crocker’s Justin Sloan in the boys’ event.
Collier was familiar with the Pilz event going in. Her sister, Callie, also played in it following her Lady Bulldog career. Callie went on to star for the Fontbonne University women’s basketball squad in St. Louis.
Also, she knew well many of the fellow all-stars participating.
“This has always been my favorite sport,” Madison said. “And when they asked me if I would play, I said, ‘yes’ immediately. I’ve been here before, when my sister played.
“I’ve played with and against a lot of these girls. “That’s another thing that makes it fun; playing against girls I’ve played against all of my life. Girls I’ve played with and against on traveling teams and in high school.”
Although she no doubt could have had collegiate opportunities in either basketball or cross country/track in the right situation, Madison does not plan to compete athletically in college. She will attend Missouri State University in Springfield, majoring in elementary education.
“I’ll join any club team in college - a running club or (intramural) basketball team,” said Collier, who has represented Rolla High in the Missouri Class 4 Track and Field State Championships. “I still enjoy it.”