Fort Frye’s Kiersten Kesselring has a nice two-handed set shot

Photo by Ron Johnston Fort Frye’s Kiersten Kesselring dribbles the basketball during a high school girls game last season in Beverly. Kesselring is a four-year starter for the Cadets, who are in the middle of another successful season on the hardwood.

Kiersten Kesselring

Fort Frye

Year: senior

GPA: 3.9

Favorite subject: anatomy and physiology

Sport: basketball

Hgt.: 5-foot-9

College: Baldwin-Wallace or University of Colorado

Major: biology (pre-med)

Other school activities: National Honor Society, Principals Cabinet, teen teacher

Family: Jarod and Amber Kesselring; siblings — Hunter, Matthias, Mary, Judah, Isaac, Audrey, David, and Marshall

Question: As the lone senior on the Fort Frye girls basketball team, what is your role?

Answer: To provide leadership. (Smiles) Actually, we’re all leading each other.

Q: Who interested you in playing basketball?

A: My grandpa (Dave Stephens). He got me started as soon as I could stand basically. He taught me everything I know.

Q: You’ve been a starter for how long?

A: (smiles) I started a couple of games when I was a freshman. So, I guess I’m a 4-year starter.

Q: You have a nice 3-point shot from the arc. Is that a two-hand shot?

A: (laughs) I’m left-handed, but I do push the ball a little bit. I take it when I can get it.

Q: What’s the most points you’ve ever scored in a game?

A: Hmmm…I think it’s 16 or 18 when I was freshman.

Q: Do you think you’d like to play at the college level?

A: We’ll see. I don’t know. I do know that I kind of want to get away.

Q: The Cadets are having a good year. How far can they go?

A: We’re all really close, and we’ve matured — and that’s exciting. We’ve played together since we were little, and everyone’s figured out how to work with each other now. And it’s all coming together. We’re hoping to make a state run this year.

Q: What’s been your biggest basketball thrill so far?

A: Beating River in the district semis.

Q: Who’s helped impact your basketball career at Fort Frye?

A: My mom is my biggest inspiration.

Q: You’re from a large family, aren’t you?

A: (laughs) I’m the oldest, and I have eight siblings — six brothers and two sisters.

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

A: Just basketball. I help coach my siblings and go to a lot of their sporting events.

Q: As a senior, is there anything you’d like to shout out?

A: I definitely want to thank all my teammates and coaches all the way up — and especially Cathy Borich. She coached me when I was little and helped me on and off the court. I can go to her with about anything.

Ron Johnston can be reached at rjohnston@mariettatimes.com.


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