Ponca City’s Madison Birnbaum – Player Spotlight Presented by Heather Cannon Honda

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Ponca City senior Madison Birnbaum has definitely made her mark on the Lady Wildcats basketball team. Head coach Jody Fincher says that Birnbaum will be greatly missed after graduation.

“Madison has been a great player for the Lady Cat basketball program,” said Coach Fincher. “Her play on the court and leadership off the court have helped take us to another level.”

Birnbaum has played basketball since the first grade. She picked up the sport because she wanted to follow in the footsteps of her older brother, who has been a very important role model in her life in many ways.

“My older brother played and I always wanted to be like him so I also started to play,” she said. “I have looked up to m brother since I was little. He has taught me to never stop pursuing my dreams and to always work hard at everything I do. I would not be the same person or player without him.”

Birnbaum has a lot of love for her family as a whole, and appreciates the support and encouragement they have given her over the years. She is driven to do her best so she can make them proud.

“My family has always been my biggest motivation,” she said. “They have taught me everything I know and are my strongest supporters. I always try my best to never let them down.”

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Another group whose support meant a lot to Birnbaum and the Lady Cats was the Ponca City community. 

“At every game, home and away, there was always a crowd full of school staff, standents, and fans. Seeing and feeling that support at every game helped us throughout the entire season,” she said.

Birnbaum, a VYPE Top 100 selectee, gave a great performance for her last season on the court as a Wildcat. She and her team were able to grow together and put in work to come out with Birnbaum’s favorite season of her high school career.

“It was my favorite season by far,” she said. “My favorite moment was when our team really started to come together both on and off the court, it made all of our practices and season as a whole so much more fun.”

Birnbaum will now hand the reins to her teammates to lead the team next season, and she knows they will be great.

“They mean everything to me,” she said. “They are all truly amazing and I can’t wait to watch all of them continue to grow as basketball players and as people.”

After graduation Birnbaum will attend Newman University to play basketball and study pre-pharmacy. 

“I look forward to being on the same campus as my brother once again and for all of the opportunities Newman will bring me,” she said.