KatieKeitges

Katie Keitges, of Knoxville, has made a verbal commitment to take her game to the next level. She will be sining with the University of Nebraska Omaha in November during the time letters-of-intent can be signed.

Knoxville’s talented super sport athlete, Katie Keitges, recently announced her college intentions.

Keitges has been a star athlete for the Panthers in volleyball, track and basketball.

She has made a verbal commitment to play basketball in college at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) on a scholarship offer by the Mavericks to play Division I.

UNO is located in Omaha, but she isn’t legally able to sign the letter-of-intent until November.

Keitges commented, “The school is only a 2 hour and 45 minute drive from home, so family and friends will be able to visit and watch many games, which I am excited about! The facilities are only three years old and $94 million were put into them, so they are very nice!”

The Mavericks play in the Summit League along with teams from South Dakota State, South Dakota, Denver, North Dakota, North Dakota State, Oral Roberts, Purdue Fort Wayne and Western Illinois.

Keitges led the Panther basketball team in many categories last year. She averaged 23.4 points per game. She led in three-point goals with 43. She hit 46.2 percent of her field goal attempts and 74.4 percent from the foul line.

Keitges went over 1,000 points in her career in a road game played at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

She also led the team in steals and assists. She had 80 assists and 77 steals.

Despite being a guard she also topped the Panther charts in rebounding with seven per game.

She commented, “I chose to commit to Omaha because it felt right! The coaches loved me and I felt that they understood me as a person. The players also understood me and were super welcoming to me. I also loved the feeling of UNO’s campus and their amazing facilities! Overall the campus, facilities, coaches, and players felt like the right fit for me to be apart of.”

Keitges added, “I am very excited to start this new journey in my life! I will be there before we know it because summer workouts and practices begin in the beginning of July, so I will move in to Omaha at the end of June.”

Before that time, fans can watch her on the volleyball court this fall, playing for her mother, who serves as the head coach.

Katie is the daughter of John and Mollie Keitges, of Knoxville.

Perry Bell can be reached at sports@journalexpress.net or by calling the newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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