The Illinois Coaches Association (ICA) has announced its all-state teams in all four classes and Wheaton Academy graduate Madison Ebeling has earned first-team honors in 3A. Ebeling’s first-team selection is her second consecutive first-team honor. Before earning a first-team nod last spring, she was a third-team pick following her freshman campaign (2015) and a second-team choice in 2016. Ebeling’s selection marks the eighth consecutive year that Wheaton Academy has a player on the ICA all-state team.
Wheaton Academy’s historical all-state softball selections in softball are as follows: shortstop Madison Ebeling (1st team in 3A in 2018; 1st team in 3A in 2017; 2nd team in 3A in 2016; 3rd team in 3A in 2015); centerfielder Meghan Gagliano (2nd team in 3A in 2017; 3rd team in 3A in 2015); shortstop Marissa Gagliano (1st team in 3A in 2014, 3rd team in 3A in 2013, 3rd team in 2A in 2012, 3rd team in 3A in 2011); catcher Jessica Bosse (3rd team in 3A in 2014 and 2013); pitcher Lauren Chessum (2nd team in Class A in 2004; 2nd team in Class A in 2003); and catcher Bryanne McClurg (2nd team in Class A in 2004; 3rd team in Class A in 2003).
“I couldn’t be happier for Madison,” said Wheaton Academy head coach Todd Starowitz. “While her on-field accomplishments are well known, she really took another step in terms of leadership this year. To earn all-state honors for four consecutive seasons is something that not many can claim. I know we’re all really looking forward to watching Madison compete at Loyola next year. The Ramblers are getting a special player and person.”
In addition to her all-state selection, Ebeling was selected to the prestigious all-class All-DuPage County team by the Daily Herald.
Ebeling, who has signed to play collegiately at NCAA Division I Loyola (Ill.) in the Missouri Valley Conference, helped lead the Warriors to a regional title game appearance in 2018 as she hit .540 with a .629/.900/1.529 slash line. In 19 games, she tallied 6 doubles, 3 triples, and 2 home runs, while driving in 10 runs and scoring 17. She also stole five bases, while also being widely regarded as one of the best defensive players in the state.
This summer, Ebeling is competing for Beverly Bandits-Conroy, one of the best travel softball teams in the country. Every player on the roster is committed to NCAA Division I universities. Last month Ebeling was selected to the central region All-American team by Premier Girls Fastpitch (PGF).