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Bug Tussel Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Kyla Hendricks, Bay Port

09/08/2022, 9:00am CDT
By Norbert Durst

The Bug Tussel Triple Threat Athlete of the Week is an honor given on to the top senior boys and girls three-sport athletes in the state. Players are recognized each week on WSN, with the a boys and girls winner of the Pat Richter Award at the end of the season to the best three-sport athlete of the year.

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Name: Kyla Hendricks

School: Bay Port High School 

Grad Year: 2023

Volleyball Honors: Earned first-team all-FRCC as a setter/ride side position as a junior for the Pirates... coached by Jeremy Weis... 

Basketball Honors: Three-year varsity performer entering her senior year... honorable mention all-FRCC as a sophomore and junior... voted as team MVP... helped the Pirates advance to the Division 1 state tournament as a freshman, which was later canceled due to COVID-19... coached by Dennis Gladwell and previously Kati Coleman... the 5-8 guard averaged 10.9 points per game with 45 three-pointers made as a junior for the 14-11 Pirates... she is committed to NCAA Division II St. Cloud State University... 

Track & Field Honors: Named first-team all-FRCC in 300-meter hurdles as a sophomore and junior... as a junior, set the conference record and finished first in sectionals and fifth at the WIAA State Track & Field Championships in the 300-meter hurdles... member of the 4x400 relay team that finished fifth at the WIAA State Championships... the 4x400 relay team earned first-team all-FRCC during her junior year and second-team during her sophomore campaign... coached by Andrew Kros... 

Favorite Sport (and why): "My favorite sport is basketball. It has been a big part of my life since 3rd grade and I have met some of my best friends while playing it. I love the game because of how competitive and aggressive it is. I also find joy in having to work together with other people on the court and during practice to accomplish a common goal." 

Best Part of High School Sports (and why): "The best part of high school sports is being able to play in front of my old teachers and all the other fans of Bay Port. The energy they bring to games makes me crave it every time I step out on the court whether it is for practice or a game." 

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "My best advice from a high school coach is to 'Go 1-0 tonight' (Coach Kati Coleman). This to me meant to leave everything out on the floor and focus on the season one game at a time." 

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "The most memorable moment for me was winning sectionals during my freshman year against Kimberly, the atmosphere at Green Bay West was electric and was just an incredible experience to be a part of. There was a rivalry with Kimberly and it felt great to be the sectional champs and cut the net down from the gym." 

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "The best part about playing three sports is having three groups of people that I can go to if I need anything, constantly being conditioned, and being able to do a different activity every season." 

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "The toughest part of playing three sports is finding the time to put extra work in for the sports that are not in season."

Favorite Opponent (and why): "My favorite opponent is Pulaski. It is a great conference match-up because it is always a competitive, tough game. Also, both schools have a large student section to support the teams and they make the environment loud and crazy." 

Favorite Professional Team: Milwaukee Bucks

Favorite Professional Athlete: Stephen Curry

Favorite College Team: St. Cloud State

Cumulative GPA: "I have a weighted 4.267 GPA." 

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against (and why): "The toughest individual I’ve competed against is Jordan Meulemans, she is all around a stellar player and is hard to guard. She was so amazing as an offensive player and always found ways to score the basketball. She is a very competitive person but also was one of the nicest, sweetest individuals around." 

Most Admired High School Teammate (and why): "My most admired teammate is Alaina Abel because she put in 100 percent of whatever she was doing. Although she went D1 for soccer and that was never an excuse to not give it her all during basketball season. Her work ethic was extraordinary and her defense caused so much chaos. I admired her tenacity and looked up to her for her commitment to the defensive end of the floor. Lastly, she was a great leader and I wanted to show that leadership as I got older and had more experience." 

College Plans: "I have committed to St. Cloud State, where I will pursue the study of biology with an emphasis on pre-dental. After St. Cloud State, I will continue to dental school to become a dentist. I will also be playing basketball and running track at St. Cloud State." 

Activities Outside of Sports: "I am a co-president of our StingCancer club at school and I am on the student council." 

I find it relaxing to: "To be out on the water. When out of the water I enjoy going out on my boat wakeboarding and surfing with family and friends. It is a nice way to relax and yet exercise differently than traditional sports." 

Favorite TV Show(s): The Good Place, Good Girls, or Ginny and Georgia 

Favorite Movie: The Bee Movie

Favorite Musical Artist: One Direction

Favorite Subject(s): Math and Science 

Favorite Restaurant: "My favorite restaurant is Hu Hot Mongolian Grill." 

Favorite Website: "My favorite website is either Instagram or Pinterest."

Other Family Members: Parents Melanie and Todd, and brother Caden

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