Schaefer signs with University of Indianapolis

From Herald Staff Reports

HUNTINGBURG — The road hasn’t always been smooth for Victoria Schaefer. Nevertheless, she continues to see the fruits of her hard work.


The Southridge senior officially announced today that she accepted a spot as a preferred walk-on to the women’s basketball team at the University of Indianapolis, where she will begin taking classes this fall.

Schaefer, who averaged 16 points per game her senior season and finished her career with 809 points, competed in an 11⁄2-hour tryout April 12 at UIndy along with six to eight other potential walk-ons, and heard four days later that she had earned a spot on the Greyhound roster. Given that the school already had offered her academic scholarship and it boasts a reputable physical therapy program, Schaefer decided that choosing the school on the south side of the Circle City was the sound choice.

The Greyhounds finished their 2012-13 campaign with a 19-10 record and lost in the first round of the NCAA Division II Midwest regional. UIndy head coach Constantin Popa will enter his third season in the fall, after compiling 38 wins and two NCAA Tournament appearances his first two years.

Reflecting on her years playing for the Raiders, Schaefer couldn’t pinpoint a single thing she’ll miss the most. Conversely, it’ll be an amalgam of things she’ll remember about her Southridge days.

“Everything about it,” Schaefer said of playing at Southridge. “All the people, all the people around me, the coaches, the gyms, the town, just everything.”

Schaefer, who battled back from two ACL tears and subsequent surgeries during her high school career, views her chance to continue competing as a testament to persistence.

“It’s everything I’ve worked for,” said Schaefer, the daughter of Leroy and Vanessa Schaefer of Dale. “You talk to (Southridge) coach (Greg Werner), and everyone, it’s been a hard fight. But now, it all feels like it’s worth it.”

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