Maintaining the passion for a particular sport after so many years isn’t something many people do. Some grow out of it or simply do it because everyone in their family may have done it.
This issue’s athlete has persistently kept up with, and excelled, in the sports she’s chosen to play in high school. Alyssa Kuskie was on JV volleyball and basketball and on varsity softball freshman year and all varsity sports since her sophomore year. She has played softball and basketball growing up, but did not start playing volleyball until junior high.
Kuskie was motivated to be involved in these sports because of her parents’ interest.
“My parents were really into sports and my dad was a referee for the little league of basketball, so I would always go down to the gyms and play with him at halftimes. That is how I found my love for the game; I’ve always loved it. I also spend most of my time and commitment towards basketball on my off seasons. I just love it for some reason and I have a big passion for it,” said Kuskie.
Every athlete has their role models that encourage them to exceed even their own expectations.
“My role models would be my parents because they’ve pushed be the person I am today. My motivation would come with being competitive. I always want to be the best in what I do, so I just keep on pushing myself,” said Kuskie.
Kuskie has made plentiful memories throughout her high school years, but there are definitely some that have stuck out.
“My best memory was winning the regional championship against Fallon in basketball by hitting a buzzer beater three-pointer, my sophomore year. My worst is losing the state championship twice to fallon in basketball. I have no regrets though,” said Kuskie.
She plans to play her favorite sport in college and focus on her possible career.
“I plan to play basketball after high school in college I am not sure what school yet but there is a few that I am interested in. I am not sure what career I want to do yet I am still trying to figure that out,” said Kuskie.