Feature Athlete: Kalynne Myers

Senior athlete, Kaylnne Myers during the girls' volleyball District game 2016 Photo by Sue Stanley

By: Gwen MacConnell/Co-Sports Editor

Senior star athlete Kalynne Myers participates in sports year round and contributes greatly to each team she plays on. Kalynne does basketball, volleyball, and track. She has played basketball since 6th grade, been on the varsity volleyball team since freshman year, and has done track on and off for multiple years.

Kalynne started off this current volleyball season with a devastating injury to her knee. She was able to play 3 games before tearing her ACL, lateral meniscus, and medial meniscus during practice. This instantly put a huge damper on all of her teammates from both the volleyball team and basketball team. This is not easy on her either though. Kalynne went in for surgery on October 3rd. The surgery went really well and she has since been going to physical therapy.

The characteristic of being a team player is one that is nearly essential for success. Kalynne is such a team player that even with a full leg brace on and while having to use crutches, she still shows up to support her volleyball team at some games. Her passion and dedication to the sports she plays are so great that she is loved by many, especially her teammates. She is a leader and holds a very special place on her teams that will never be replaced.

The timing of this incident is very unfortunate. Not being able to finish her sports seasons during senior year is tough, but there is always the future. Depending on where she ends up in college, who knows, maybe we will be able to see her in a volleyball uniform again. Kalynne has been keeping an open mind and also has returned back to school recently. The teachers and her fellow classmates/teammates all have been very cooperative and are all there for her. Many of the students, including me, are very excited to see her smiling face back in school.

To get through this tough time, Kalynne had a quote that she used. “The comeback is always stronger than the setback.”

This fits her situation perfectly because she has the best mindset that nothing is standing in her way and things will get better. She is a strong girl and can get through anything. The road to recovery is underway and looking very promising for her.

Gwen MacConnell is a senior and this is her first year in journalism. Gwen is on the basketball team, track team, and her personal favorite, the golf team. Besides being active in sports, she loves music, hanging out with her friends, and attending Penn State football games with her family.