Salina South’s Kalysa Hamel – Athlete of the Month – Presented by Visit Salina

As a new coach takes over the program at Salina South, senior Kalysa Hamel is excited to see what this group can accomplish this season.

“With coach Ebert being our new head coach this year I’m excited about all the enthusiasm and knowledge he’s bringing to the team,” said Hamel. “I love the hard work, fun and excitement of playing basketball with Salina South. Whether we win or lose we are each other’s biggest cheerleaders.” 

The shooting guard is one of a few seniors on the roster, which means a larger leadership role for Hamel and her peers. 

“Being one of the three seniors playing this year, I will take on leadership in promoting a strong work ethic to steer the team to success,” said Hamel. 

Hamel said her parents have always been there to support her. From her early days playing basketball to her decision on where she will attend college. 

“My biggest influence on and off the court is having great support from my parents. I am extremely thankful for my dad who’s coached youth basketball for many years that’s pushed me to put in the extra work to get where I am today,” said Hamel. “I’m committed to play basketball at Bethany College and continue my academic career majoring in Biochemistry. After those four years, I plan to attend UMKC to become a dentist.”

Hamel is a member of National Honor Society, Link Crew Leader, a math tutor and was voted as one of the top five girls in the senior class to be a Homecoming Queen candidate.