Huff signs letter of intent for Marietta

| January 25, 2018

Surrounded by her friends, family and teammates, River View senior MacKenzie Huff signed her letter of intent to play basketball at Marietta College on Wednesday, Jan. 24 in the River View High School library. Pictured back row: Grandma Marj Huff, RV Head Girls Basketball Coach Marty Bice, grand-parents Faye Ann and Rodney Albertson; seated: Dad Sam Huff, MacKenzie and mom Jenni. Mark Fortune | Beacon

WARSAW – River View senior MacKenzie Huff, who suffered a season ending injury early in the basketball season, signed her letter of intent to play basketball at Marietta College on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 24, in the high school library. Huff was surrounded by her friends, family and teammates at the signing. She said, “It feels awesome knowing that I did tear my ACL my senior year and that I get a chance to redo everything and play another four years.”

Huff added that her fellow teammates and coaches, “They’re awesome. Everyone is so supportive of me and I’ll never forget them. I have had a bunch of coaches since junior high and varsity years. It’s been great and they’ve all been supportive and very helpful in teaching me what I need to know.”

“It’s been hard this year (not to play); I’ve had my ups and downs. There have been some days where I want to go out there and play so bad and other days I’m just like, ‘We’ll get through this, I have another four years to play’, it’s been rough.”

“The folks here at River View have been great and very supportive. I just can’t thank Coach Marty enough for the past two years. He’s been a great coach to me and my teammates have been awesome.”

Huff thanked her coaches, family, teammates and friends, even the newspapers and WTNS. They’ve all been wonderful to me.

Huff’s advice for younger athletes that want to play at the next level is, “Always work hard, even in the off season. Your off season is the best time to get better.”

River View head girls’ basketball coach Marty Bice said, “It’s always nice to have a player that wants to go on and play at the next level and play. MacKenzie has worked hard for that. It’s a shame what she had to go through in her senior season but the year that I got to work with her was very enjoyable and I’m really proud of her. She has shown great leadership and maturity and she is growing up and ready to move on to the college level. Marietta is getting someone that is hungry and we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg with what she can do. I’m really watching to see how she develops at the next level. I want to wish her all the luck in the world.”

Dad Sam Huff said, “I’m really happy for her that she gets to go to the next level and play. It would be really fantastic to see her succeed there as much success as she has had here. We’re really happy to have her going to Marietta this year. It’s been tough not to see her out on the court this year. It’s hard to come to the ball games and see her sit on the bench but there are ups and downs in life. And tearing an ACL is not life or death so she will heal and get the opportunity to play again. The day it happened and the next few days were the hardest. We’re over the hard part, she’s healing well and she will get the opportunity to play again.”

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