February 10th, 2011

"20 Key Questions" With Maggie Hartlage

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

"20 Key Questions" With Maggie Hartlage
photo courtesy of Jeff Hartlage

Assumption's lone senior takes on the Questions

Each week, LouisvilleCatholicSports.com will be getting to know a new student-athlete from the area by asking him/her a series of 20 key questions - some in-depth, some lighthearted - that will provide insight into the thoughts and personalities of the boys and girls who are doing great things on and off the local courts, fields, tracks, and courses. Below are the "20 Key Questions," brought to you by Key Financial Mortgage LLC.

With a coaching change mid-season and a cast of young, up-and-coming players on the Assumption High School basketball team, lone senior Maggie Hartlage has been the anchor for the Rockets and the integral factor during what some would call a "transitional" season for AHS.

On the court, Hartlage is the team's varsity captain and co-leader in scoring with 10.2 points per game and even dropped a career-high 24 points against Holy Cross back on Dec. 4. She has guided Assumption to a 12-10 record against a grueling schedule, including three wins in the Republic Bank Classic during the holidays and a thrilling comeback win over Ballard during the opening round of the Louisville Invitational Tournament.

She was also named to the Floyd Central Lady Highlander Classicl All-Tournament Team at the end of December.

For her efforts, Hartlage is now weighing the option of playing basketball at the next level and is considering Centre College and Transylvania University.

Hartlage, the daughter of Julie and Jeff, also maintains a 3.7 GPA in the classroom and participates within the Beta Club and Advancement Council.

The Rockets have five regular season games left on its schedule and then will begin postseason play on Feb. 23, as Assumption will take on the winner of Whitefield Academy and Atherton in the 27th District semifinals. A win in that game will put AHS in the title game and guarantee Hartlage & Co. a spot in the Region 7 Tournament.

Before all of that occurs, however, Hartlage took the time to participate in the LouisvilleCatholicSports.com and Key Financial Mortgage "20 Key Questions." Her answers are below.

1. What is your favorite pump up music on game day?

"Don’t Stop Believing" by Journey

2. What is your ideal meal/snack before a game?


3. Cats or Cards?


4. Which athlete do you look up to on a college/professional level?

Maya Moore (UConn) 

5. What is your favorite movie quote?

"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, it is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us."  - Coach Carter 

6. How does your faith impact your approach to sports?

I really value the fact that although it is a competition being a good sport should come first and foremost.   

7. What keeps you motivated?

I think that my motivation comes from my desire to always want to better myself, whether that be on the court or off the court. 

8. All time favorite board game?


9. Droid or iPhone?


10. Favorite Facebook function?

Uploading photos 

11. What is your favorite reality TV show?

Jersey Shore 

12. What is your favorite pro team?

L.A. Lakers 

13. What is your best quality/characteristic?

I think that my best quality is my positive attitude. 

14. What has been the most rewarding part of being Assumption's lone senior this season? The hardest part?

The most rewarding part would be proving to myself that I could make it all four years in such a competitive sport. The hardest part was not having anyone going through their last season so it’s hard for the other girls to relate sometimes. 

15. What is your favorite hour of the day?


16. What is your nickname and how did you get it?

"Moo." My dad gave it to me when I was little and has called me Maggie Moo or Moo form then on. 

17. Where is your favorite place to volunteer/provide community service?

At St. Raphael Grade School 

18. What is one hidden talent that you possess?

I can dance pretty well ( I think) 

19. What is one thing you wish scientists would invent?

The cure to cancer 

20. What is your proudest athletic moment?

Having colleges be interested in me to attend there and play basketball.


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