On Wednesday, November 14, before a group of Mason ISD administration, family and friends, local high school athlete Margaret Lemke signed a letter of intent to play college basketball at Concordia University Texas in northwest Austin. The Concordia Tornados girls’ basketball team, under the direction of Coach Rusty Rainbolt, has risen to fame recently by winning their first title and becoming the American Southwest Conference Champions in 2012.
Mason ISD girls basketball head coach Jeff Guice introduced Margaret at the signing, stating that in twenty years of coaching, he had never coached a player with as much drive and determination as Margaret and that he, the coaching staff and the administration of Mason ISD were very proud of her accomplishments.
Margaret has a long list of basketball accolades. She was named Newcomer of the Year her freshman year. Her sophomore year awards included District Offensive MVP, TABC All-State and All West Texas Superteam. She finished her junior year as District MVP, TABC and TGCA All-State, All West Texas MVP and All West Texas Superteam, leading the Cowgirls to their first ever appearance in the Regional Finals. Margaret has spent the last three summers playing elite basketball with West Texas Elite. This past year, the team made its strongest showing ever placing second at Primetime Nationals in Dallas, Texas.
In addition to basketball, Margaret has dominated another court as well. She is the reigning 1A Girls Doubles Tennis State Champion, winning the last three years in a row. Her freshman year partner was Ellie Blair and her sophomore and junior year partner was Tracy Jordan. She also helped lead Mason’s Team Tennis program to their State Championship titles the last three years in a row during which she never lost a single match.
Margaret has maintained a standard of excellence off the courts as well. She is ranked second in her class, is a member of the Mason Student Council, National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a leader in YoungLife.
To finish out her high school career Margaret plans to lead the Mason Cowgirls to their first ever appearance at the state tournament this season and to clinch her fourth state tennis title. Margaret is excited to attend Concordia University Texas in the fall of 2013. As Concordia’s colors are purple and gold, she already has a head start with her “Puncher Purple” wardrobe. Mason wishes Margaret the best of luck as she pursues her dream of playing college basketball.