Clintonville senior takes her game to college
By Scott BellileAn Illinois college basketball coach says he looks forward to helping a Clintonville High School starter reach her full potential.
Clintonville senior Autumn Voigt on April 15 signed to play for the Blazers this fall at John Wood Community College, a two-year school in Quincy, Illinois.
Voigt will play Division 2 basketball in the Mid-West Athletic Conference, which is part of the National Junior College Athletic Association, as she begins to pursue nursing.
Voigt’s parents are father J.R. Voigt, mother Lori Wegener and stepfather Chad Wegener.
Blazers Head Coach Norman Rodriquez said he first saw the 5-foot-11-inch Voigt play in an AAU basketball game last summer. He identified her as a key player to secure among the team’s strong incoming freshman class.
Rodriguez indicated she is a jack-of-all-trades with a good build who “could very easily go to a Division 2 school if she would want to” after her couple years with the Blazers.
“She’s very athletic, and of course she’s long,” Rodriguez said. “She is very tenacious on defense. She’s got this grit to her where… no matter what the score, no matter how much time on the clock, there’s always a chance, and we love that grit about her.”
Voigt played varsity all four years of high school. She averaged 12.8 points per game to earn First Team All-North Eastern Conference this year. Her junior year, she landed Second Team All-Eastern Valley Conference. She’s been named to several regional media’s all-area basketball teams.
“I love baseball, so I just wanted to keep going and playing and furthering it,” Voigt said. Her goals are to work hard, improve and help the Blazers.
Clintonville Head Coach Nick Yaeger said Voigt is a tough player who will adapt to the college game through her love of the sport.
“I’m happy for her,” Yaeger said. “It’s a good thing. She’s going to be able to continue her basketball career at a college and continue her education as well so it’s a happy time for her.”