Athlete of the Week: Kayleigh Kloncz
Night in and night out it’s number 25 for the Princeton girls basketball team that’s catching one’s attention, whether it’s pulling down the big rebound, connecting for a field goal from underneath the basket or hitting the basket from the free throw line.
Kayleigh has scored 251 points so far this season to lead her team in scoring. She is averaging 12 points per game.
Twice this season Kayleigh has topped the 20-point threshold. On Dec. 13 she scored 26 points against Sauk Rapids and on Jan. 19 she scored 23 points against Little Falls.
Kayleigh wasn’t destined to be a basketball player. As a matter of fact, she didn’t want to play as a young girl.
“But my Dad said, ‘Why don’t you try basketball?’.” Kayleigh recalls.
She joined a Princeton Youth Basketball Association team as a sixth grader — and the rest is history.
“I loved it and wanted to stay in basketball,” she said.
It wasn’t long before Kayleigh was playing AAU ball. She has played for the Ladyslippers and Rum River Storm AAU teams.
Playing AAU ball has stepped up her level of competition, something that has shown this season, just her second year of playing varsity for the Tigers.
“I love the game,” the PHS junior said. “My favorite thing to do is play basketball.”
With three regular season games left against Becker, Little Falls and Milaca, the Tigers look for Kayleigh to lead them into the playoffs.