By Konnor Woodburn & Autumn Thatcher
Photos by Dave Argyle (DBA Photography) & Kurt Johnson
Senior Madi Loftus defies expectations both on the court and the field, but that’s not all she has to offer at Bingham High. She has countless qualities that help everyone around her, including leadership, work ethic, kindness and empathy.
On the basketball court, Loftus plays as a point guard on the varsity team. She spends a lot of time working with her teammates and new players at camps and clinics, and is always a good example for the people around her.
The 5-foot-7 senior is an outstanding playmaker who has averaged more than 10 points per game in each of her first two seasons on the Bingham varsity. She is scoring more than 13 points per night so far this season.
“She pushes me to be better and makes me feel really welcomed,” said Miner teammate Sidnee Hogan. “I look to her for what to do.”
Her leadership skills haven’t gone unnoticed by her coaches either.
“She is a really great leader, and she is always working hard and getting others to do their best,” said girls basketball coach Charron Mason.
On the soccer field, Loftus is one of the best goalkeepers in the state. As a team captain, she provides an excellent example of leadership and this year, she closed out her high school career delivering eight shutouts between the posts.
“She always keeps us positive especially when we are down,” said teammate Jessica Mackay. “Whenever any of us think of who a leader is, we always think of her. She has made some unreal saves. She runs the game.”
Whether playing soccer or basketball Loftus is extremely competitive, which contributes to her success. She is highly decorated with awards and honors for her successful play in both sports.
“I made the region team [in basketball] both sophomore and junior year,” Loftus said.
She made the region team all four years of high school as a soccer player. As a junior, she was named Region 3 goalie of the year.
Although most athletes only focus on being recruited for one athletic scholarship, Loftus has applied and received several scholarship offers for both sports. She is currently talking to Dixie State and Eastern Oregon Universities.
“I have scholarships for both right now,” Loftus said.
When asked which sport she can see herself pursuing in the future, Loftus said, “Most likely (I’d play) basketball.”
The impact Loftus makes on her teammates and both teams she leads on the court and the field as a leader and a supportive teammate at Bingham is long lasting.