Norregaard picks Appalachian State

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Rob Reischel
Former Middleton High School standout Elizabeth Norregaard received a Division 1 scholarship to Appalachian State./File photo

Elizabeth Norregaard wasn’t expecting to continue her basketball career in Boone, N.C.

But when the former Middleton High School standout added everything up, the 850-mile journey east made the most sense.

Norregaard announced last week that she’ll play collegiately at Division 1 Appalachian State, where she’ll receive a full scholarship. The last player from Middleton to receive a Division 1 scholarship was Krissy Marco who went to Akron in 2002.

The Mountaineers, who play in the Southern Conference, went 14-16 a year ago.

“I picked Appalachian State because the coaches are super nice and just seemed really interested, which made me feel special,” Norregaard said. “Also, I think the role I would have on the team would be great and it seems like a really good fit for me with their style of play as well.”

Norregaard was named honorable mention all-state by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association last season and was a first-team all-Big Eight Conference selection.

Norregaard led Middleton in scoring last year with 14.7 points per game and was one of the finest shooters in school history.

Norregaard made 64 three-point shots and shot 89.1% from the free throw line. Norregaard had a season-high 32 points at Verona, had a 26-point night against Beloit Memorial and scored in double figures in 22 of 27 games.

Norregaard had offers to walk on at the University Wisconsin and Minnesota. Murray State asked Norregaard to redshirt and pay her own way in 2015-’16, with the promise of a scholarship afterwards. Boise State also showed late interest.

But Norregaard felt that Appalachian State made the most sense.

“It was a super tough decision to make, but I am pretty confident I made the right one, and I can’t wait to get started,” Norregaard said. “I think I am going to have an impact right away, without being a central force, which is what I want to work towards, of course. I want to be able to put in a lot of work and improve as a player and as a person, and hopefully end up being a key player.”

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