Fort Frye’s Liedtke commits to Rio Grande

BEVERLY – Fort Frye’s Megan Liedtke had a memorable junior season on the basketball court this winter.

With a year of high school still to go, Liedtke has already decided where she will take her basketball career in college – the University of Rio Grande.

Liedtke, upon completing an exam for one of her classes, entered the Fort Frye High School cafeteria and signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Red Storm.

“One of the college people came in and talked to us at the school before I was ever even thinking about going there,” she said. “So I went to it and I really, really was interested. When I heard that they wanted me to come to their recruiting day, I was really excited. I just really like the atmosphere up there. I just think it’s really cool.”

Liedtke is following in the footsteps of her father, Dan, who attended Rio Grande in the early 1980s. That’s only part of the reason Megan Liedtke liked it, though.

“I think it was kind of cool,” she said. “It wasn’t one of the main reasons, but it was cool. He knows the place and can tell me about the area and stuff.”

According to Dan Liedtke, Rio Grande attended Fort Frye’s game against Huntington St. Joe this season. After seeing her play, the Red Storm invited Megan Liedtke to the school’s recruiting day, where she fell in love with the place.

“Megan just really, really loved the campus,” Dan Liedtke said. “She loved everything they offered. She just had a good day down there. After it was all over with, she talked all the way home about how she really liked that school.

“A week later, we get a phone call. They wanted to know if she would possibly want to come down and take a scholarship to go down there and play.”

Rio Grande, under the direction of head coach David Smalley, a classmate of Dan Liedtke’s in college, averaged 93 points per game last season en route to going 18-13. Megan Liedtke should mesh well with such a high-scoring, up-tempo style of play.

“Everyone knows that I’m a defensive-oriented guy,” Dan Liedtke said, smiling.

“I think Megan is going to fit into anything she goes to. She’s been playing a lot of good AAU ball. I think she can adapt to whatever style of play. She’s gonna do whatever the coach wants her to do. I think she’ll fit in with that.”

“We’re excited,” Smalley said. “We think Megan will fit in nicely into our system. We’re looking forward to getting her down to our campus a year from now.”

Megan Liedtke averaged 13 points per game as a junior along with a team-high eight rebounds per game. She led the Lady Cadets by making 85 percent of her free throws. Accolades were everywhere for Liedtke, who was named All-PVC, All-OVAC, and honorable mention All-Ohio.

Just as important were her academic accomplishments. Megan Liedtke currently holds a 3.8 grade-point average, is a student council representative and is the president of the school’s National Honor Society

She hasn’t decided on a major just yet, but has plenty of time to think about it.

“That’s my next big decision,” she said.

Megan Liedtke’s older sister, Morgan, will be a sophomore next year for the Stacia Shrider-coached Marietta College women’s basketball team. She is majoring in education. Her younger sister, Makayla, is an incoming sophomore for the Lady Cadets.

“I think about all the work all three of my daughters have put in,” Dan Liedtke said. “They grew up as babies going to basketball games. The way that they’ve worked at the game throughout the years… I’m very proud.

“It’s just a good feeling as a dad.”