Kogge Signs With Ohio Northern

Minster’s Taylor Kogge signed her national letter of intent to play basketball Ohio Northern University on Wednesday at Minster High School. Accompanying Kogge was, front row, left, was her father, Marc and mother, Sheri and siblings, Wes, Katie Andrew and Jacob and Minster girls basketball coach Mike Wiss.
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From one successful basketball program to another, it won't even seem like Minster's Taylor Kogge will be graduating after this year.

The senior Wildcats post player signed her national letter of intent to continue her basketball career at Ohio Northern University on Wednesday.

Aside from the colors — black and orange represent both schools — Kogge is going from Minster's 43-5 record in the last two years to ONU's 30-1 clip from last season. From one successful team to another.

"They were the first school that reached out to me," Kogge said. "I had a few other schools but Ohio Northern showed me the most interest.
"I started talking to (assistant) coach (Mark) Huelsman and then (head) coach (Michele) Durand) and then I started going to a couple of games and just the atmosphere was crazy. Just the teamwork that was happening, the defense that they play, the energy that they bring, basically, sitting there with my parents, it felt like a replication of Minster basketball. That is something I really wanted, some where I felt I could fit in at and I wanted to find that click."

As she signs for her future college days, Kogge is getting ready for the girls basketball postseason as she and her Wildcats teammates hope to make it to state after back-to-back regional tournament appearances the last two years.

A 2017-18 First-Team All-Midwest Athletic Conference selection — which was announced minutes after making her decision official, Kogge is shooting 42.3 percent from the floor and is a clip under 80 percent from the free throw line and is second on the team in rebounds with 88, an average of 4.2 boards per game. She is averaging 7.6 points per game.
The two-year starter for the Wildcats has enjoyed success while at

Minster as the Wildcats have gone 43-5 overall, a combined 17-1 record in the MAC, including a conference title last season. She was also on the team when Minster won their first of two straight MAC titles two years ago as a junior varsity player.

ONU finished 30-1 last season and a perfect 18-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. In the last seven seasons, including this year, the Polar Bears are 166-30 overall and 112-14 in the OAC, all under 17-year head coach Michele Durand.

For the full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Evening Leader.