Kern a winner for Waterford in volleyball, basketball

Courtesy photo Waterford’s Alli Kern has helped the Lady Wildcats get to the state tournament in both volleyball and basketball.

Alli Kern


Year: senior

Age: 17

GPA: 3.8

Sports: basketball, volleyball

Hgt.: 5-foot-9

College: Ohio Dominican University

Major: Biology

Family: Dan and Cindy Kern (father and mother); older brother Luke Kern

Question: What do you think about tonight’s Waterford-Fort Frye football game?

Answer: I’m excited. This is always a fun game to watch. I mean, everybody’s here. (editor note: Waterford went on to drop a 23-19 decision.)

Q: Congratulations. I understand that you have committed to Ohio Dominican to play basketball?

A: (Smiles) I have, and I’m really excited to start that journey.

Q: I can imagine a lot schools were recruiting you?

A: Yes, but I’d visited Ohio Dominican and been there for a couple of shootouts. It just felt so homey to me. I just knew from the beginning that’s where I wanted to go.

Q: Thing is, you’re a great volleyball player, too, who helped Waterford get to state one year…..

A: (Smiles) Thank-you. I hope we can make it back to state. State’s so much fun. It’s so much fun to go in every sport. That’s just our goal for every sport that we’re in.

Q: How are things going so far this year on the volleyball court?

A: Really good. We’ve only lost one game so far this year (as of Sept. 8). I think we’ve played five or six…

Q: I’m scheduled to cover Southern at Waterford Monday (Sept. 11). What’s Southern like?

A: That’ll be a good game. They’re pretty good. It’ll be a good game for us, and they’re in the TVC (Tri-Valley Conference).

Q: But basketball, of course, is your first sport?

A: (Laughs) Oh, yeah. Right.

Q: When did you start playing basketball?

A: I’ve played since I was real little. I think I started probably in the third grade. Then, I played AAU in the fifth grade.

Q: Then, you were good enough to make the Waterford varsity as a freshman?

A: Yes. I was lucky enough to do that. I was very happy about that.

Q: And, now, you’re a senior, and have gone to state every year. And, you and Megan (Ball) have become kind of a one-two punch on the basketball and volleyball court?

A: She’s like a sister I never had. We get along so good. She’s awesome to be around. She’s great.

Q: What has been your greatest thrill in basketball so far?

A: The biggest thrill? I would say that when we make it to state. That’s just the biggest thrill. I mean, we’ve worked so hard for it, and it’s just a great moment. It really is. We won it (basketball) in my sophomore year. It was just a great feeling with the whole community being there and supporting you. It was amazing.

Q: You never look nervous when you’re out on the court. Are you, though?

A: (Laughs) I’m nervous, like, every game. But once I start playing, it gets better.

Q: What about the Schottenstein Center?

A: (Smiles) You get nervous there.

Q: After last year’s state basketball tournament, the Berlin Hiland coach said he didn’t want to jinx Waterford but he thought that the Wildcats might return to state again with everybody coming back. What do you think about that?

A: I think we can make it back if we work hard. We’ll have another tough tournament run, but if we work together, we can do it.

Q: On the basketball court, it looks like you could play any position. Do you prefer any position?

A: Well, I don’t really know. I like to shoot from the outside a lot, but I’ve been working on going to the basket more to help make our team better.

Q: Who has been your inspiration on the basketball court?

A: Ummm…I would say Sina King. Ever since I was little, she’s been my role model. She was just amazing to watch. I’ve always looked up to her. I mean, I’ve always wanted to fill her shoes. She’s been such an inspiration to me.

Q: What do you do off the court? Any hobbies?

A: Honestly, I just like to hang around with my family and friends. I don’t do much but play sports. I played AAU basketball for the Marietta Thunder in the summer. It’s fun to play with those girls.

Q: Is your senior year going fast?

A: Oh, my, gosh, we were just talking about that the other day. Heck, we’re in our third week of school, and it feels like we just started, I guess. It just flies by. I mean, it feels like it’s gone by, like in the blink of an eye. So, I just try to make every good moment of it.

Ron Johnston,