Maddie Knier Female Athlete of the Year

The video is her reaching her 2,000th point.


Maddie Knier of Manheim Central High has been named the Female Athlete of the Year by the LNP | LancasterOnline sports writers.

She will be attending the University of Pennsylvania in September as a student athlete majoring in psychology.

Madison Knier is a 14-time letter winner for the Barons, having participated in Volleyball, Basketball, and Track & Field, as well as Cheerleading as the school’s mascot for two years.

In Volleyball, she was a two-time First Team All-State selection during her Junior and Senior Seasons. She was a four-time league all-star, three-time district all-star, and named to the L-L League All-Academic team her senior year. Additionally, Madison holds the school record for most kills in a single season.

In Basketball, she was a three-time All-State Selection: Third team during her sophomore season and first team during her Junior and Senior seasons. She was a three-time L-L League Section MVP and four-time First Team L-L League All-Star. Madison also holds the school’s all-time scoring record with 2,054 career points, ranking her 8th all time in L-L League Girls Basketball history. She was also a Miss PA Basketball nominee for all four years of high school, as well as a PA Gatorade Player of the Year nominee in 2022.

In Track & Field, Madison is a four-time L-L League Champion amongst multiple events. She has also earned numerous District 3 medals, having placed second in Javelin and High Jump during her sophomore and junior seasons. Madison is also the Girls’ Track & Field school record holder for both Long Jump and High Jump.

As the school’s mascot, Madison has participated in numerous school-wide and community events during her two years as the Baron. She has attended events such as Race for Education, Reading Under the Lights, Manheim Central Pride Night, and numerous pep rallies and sporting events.

Madison plans to continue her academic and athletic careers at the University of Pennsylvania, where she will major in Psychology, while competing on the Track & Field team.

She stands 6-feet tall and finished her career at Manheim Central with 14 varsity letters in 3 sports; volleyball, track and field and basketball.

She finished her career with at Manheim Central as a 2x All-State Volleyball 2021 & 2022, a 3x All-State Basketball 2021, 2022, & 2023 and a 3x PIAA Track State.

This past season on the basketball court she averaged 22.5 points, reached double figures in every game and made 85% of her free throws.

She scored 2,054 points in her basketball exploits, the eighth-most in league history. She is only the eighth L-L League girls basketball player to reach 2,000 points.

Here are some photos of her competing this past season:

She was a three-time All-State selection. She passed Hilary Waltman for the school record and reached 2,000 with a free throw in a District Three consolation game.

And she won the 2023 Student Athlete if the year award for the girls L-L League.

Her volleyball career included making varsity as a freshman being an All-State as a junior and senior.

She performed two of the best Manheim Central single-game volleyball performances in school history: 27 kills against Solanco and 26 in a district win against Berks Catholic.

The middle hitter ranks third at Central with 594 career kills. Her 253 as a senior are sixth-most by a Baron in one season.

In the track and field arena last December she competed in track and field for the University of Pennsylvania. The Ivy League school allowed her to combine her athletic gifts with her academic drive. She was ranked near the top of her class and spoke during the commencement ceremony.