MHS basketball standout Tanin chooses Loyola

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By: 
Rob Reischel
Middleton girls basketball standout Sitori Tanin (right) will play collegiately at Loyola University./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Location.

Teammates.

Academics.

And a belief in what is the coaching staff is building.

Middleton girls’ basketball standout Sitori Tanin viewed all of the above as extreme positives when she chose Loyola University in Chicago as her future home. The 6-foot-2 Tanin, a senior-to-be at MHS, announced her decision last week.

“The girls on the team, the coaching staff, the campus, the athletic facilities and the location,” Tanin said when asked what drew her to Loyola. “And since I was looking for a higher academic school, Loyola was a great fit.”

Tanin helped the Cardinals reach the WIAA Division 1 state championship game in March, where they fell to Bay Port, 50-49.

Tanin also received first-team all-Big Eight Conference honors after leading the Cardinals in scoring (13.2), rebounding (11.0), steals (2.2) and blocks (1.1), and finishing second in assists (2.0).

“Sitori was a force in the conference this year, especially rebounding and defensively,” Middleton coach Jeff Kind said of Tanin. “She continues to improve offensively.”

Tanin had offers from Drake, Bradley, North Dakota State, Eastern Illinois, Northern Colorado and Montana State and was also being recruited by schools such as UW-Green Bay, Air Force, Columbia, Yale, Lehigh and Miami (Ohio).

Loyola has never reached the NCAA tournament, but could be a program on the rise. Loyola was just 2-28 under first-year coach Kate Achter in 2016-’17. Last year, Achter led Loyola to a 13-18 record and will bring back three players from that team that earned either all-conference or all-freshman honors.

“When it came down to it, it was really between Northern Colorado and Loyola,” Tanin said. “Ultimately the location was a big deal for me, being closer to home so my family and friends will be able to see me play more often. I also really like Chicago.​”

Tanin said picking a college before her senior season was a huge relief.

“I was hoping to make a decision before the school year started,” Tanin said. “Now I can just focus on finishing the rest of my AAU season and enjoy my senior season at Middleton.”

Before she finishes, though, Tanin and the Cardinals will have some unfinished business.

Middleton is still bothered by that loss to Bay Port. And the Cardinals would love nothing more than to return to state and bring home a gold ball in 2020.

“I definitely have made it a goal to help my team as much as I can to make it to the state championship again and I know that is also a team goal of ours,” Tanin said. “Personally, I’m going to continue to work hard to keep getting better as a player to prepare myself for this next season and the game at the next level.​”

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