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Salina Sacred Heart’s Katie Weiss – Athlete Spotlight Presented By Kelly Dunn Construction

By Chris Cox

Sacred Heart junior Katie Weiss says she first picked up a basketball when she was probably three and from that moment has always loved the sport.

“I love the competitiveness of it and drive you have to have to get better,” she says. “I like how you can see improvements from your hard work. Every year I feel like I’ve gotten better and more confident in myself.”

While Weiss has that competitive fire and desire to be great, team success is her driving motivation.

“I want to win as a team,” she says. “Also, seeing the fans in the crowd gets me hyped. It really motivates me to push to do great that game. Even if it’s not my best game, I still try to keep my teammates up so we can get a team win.”

With that focus on the team, Weiss says she and her Sacred Heart teammates are just trying to be better than they were last season.

“We were young last year and had a new coach,” Weiss says. “We just want to see more improvement this year. We are adding new things to our plays and defense. We also want to strive for a league win this season.”

With the Knights now in their second year under coach Carl Hines, Katie says she’s already seeing improvement from
year one. 

“I think we have more chemistry this year,” she says. “Last year was such an adjustment going from our old coach to Coach Hines. This year, I think we just have a much better chemistry. I’m looking forward to good season and growing with this team.”

Weiss says one of her big goals in the offseason was to improve her mental toughness. She says playing tennis has helped out with that mental toughness.

“I feel like tennis has helped my mental game and will help me in basketball,” she says. “This year I got second at state and I think the big reason why is because my mental game has gotten so much better.”

Outside of basketball, Katie is a member of the Sacred Heart tennis team. She is also in 4-H and plays saxophone in various bands at Sacred Heart. After high school, Weiss says she would like to play basketball in college and work toward becoming a CPA.

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