Evart senior ready for transition in sports

Baumgardner shifts her focus from volleyball to basketball

Skylar Baumgardner

Skylar

Baumgardner

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

EVART – Skylar Baumgardner has been a three-sport athlete at Evart and recently completed her final volleyball season.

Now it’s time to get ready for her senior basketball campaign.

Volleyball ended for Evart with a loss at the district last week. Basketball practices started this week.

It was her fourth varsity season. She’s been an all-around player with emphasis on being a setter and inside hitter.

Baumgardner considers inside hitting to be her best position. “I can hit it hard and place it well,” she said.

Back row was also a specialty for Baumgardner with effective passing and digging skills.

“In that position you have to stay on your toes and be ready for when fastballs come at you,” she said.

There have been various ups and downs because of COVID and the Wildcats struggled record-wise to 6-27.

“We haven’t been playing to our potential,” Baumgardner said. “We’re a way better team than people think we are.”

When the team was healthy, “actually I think we’re one of the better teams in our whole conference,” she said. “Our hitting is one of our good strengths.”

Serve receive was also a strength.

Baumgardner also plays basketball and volleyball at Evart.

Basketball practices were set to open this week, but Baumgardner was focused on volleyball and wasn’t quite sure yet what the basketball season might hold in store. But she’s expected to be among the top players for the Wildcats and perhaps a starter for an Evart team, which hopes to be a factor in the Highland Conference.