Athlete of the Week: Kylee Stelzer

Sophomore providing consistent scoring for Suring

Suring sophomore Kylee Stelzer is averaging 13.1 points per game this season, scoring in double figures in all but three games. (Contributed photo)

Athlete: Kylee Stelzer

Sport: Girls basketball

School: Suring High School

Year: Sophomore

While it’s been an up-and-down season for the Suring High School girls basketball team, sophomore Kylee Stelzer has been about as consistent as it comes. Stelzer, who is averaging 13.1 points per game, has scored seven or more points in all but one game this season, scoring in double figures in 14 of the team’s 17 games.

Stelzer opened the week scoring 12 points to help Suring down Coleman on Jan. 21 before she tallied 13 points in a tight win over St. Thomas Aquinas Academy on Friday. She most recently scored 11 points in a loss to Oneida Nation on Saturday.

Q: When did your interest in basketball begin?

A: My love for basketball began when I was young. I loved going to Saturday morning basketball practice and playing at the halftime of the high school games.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a basketball game or the basketball season?

A: I love the energy you get from others when you make a good play or make a shot — it feels good and it is just a lot of fun.

Q: What’s your favorite memory of competing on the Suring girls basketball team?

A: As a freshman, I was extremely nervous to play my first high school game ever and you could definitely tell I was freaking out. I ended up scoring 27 points on varsity.

Q: What serves as your motivation while playing on the court?

A: I try my best just to make others proud of me. My teammates play a huge role and motivate me to be the best I can be.

Q: It’s been an up-and-down season for the team to this point. What needs to change going forward to consistently be coming away with wins?

A: As a team I think we need to commit to wanting the ball, attacking the basket, and doing it as a team.

Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals?

A: My pre-game rituals consist of listening to music with my team in the locker room and visualizing myself doing well and doing my job on the court and coming out of the game with a win.

Q: Do you look up to any particular athletes? If so, why them?

A: I look up to my mom more than anyone. She was a very successful athlete when she was in high school — her basketball team went to state. My mom is always there for me and never misses a game.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not in school or competing in a high school sport?

A: I like showing and raising my own cattle and going all around Wisconsin with my family to show them.

Q: Favorite TV show, movie and musical artist?

A: My favorite TV show is “One Tree Hill,” I don’t have a favorite movie or artist.

Q: Name one thing about yourself that not many people know.

A: I have been to Canada many times walleye fishing with my grandparents and it is a lot of fun.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

A: Have confidence in everything you do even if others don’t believe in you. Don’t let them drag you down.