Evart volleyball standout set for basketball season

McKay is a 3-sport Wildcat athlete

McKenzy McKay  




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EVART – McKenzy McKay is among the many local volleyball players now making the quick transition to basketball.

McKay is a junior for the Evart Wildcats, who recently ended her second year of varsity volleyball. She said she improved “a ton” from a year ago, particularly in her hitting and passing.

“I do well in getting my steps down and hitting the ball,” McKay said. “In passing, I started moving my feet more and was getting under the ball more.”

There were various highlights during the season for the Wildcats.

“One was definitely taking a win over Pine River at the pinkout game,” McKay said. “It was a matter of confidence and our ability to prove ourselves that we can do it.”

The team was able to overcome illnesses and quarantines to get ready for the end of the season and play good volleyball.

“I like the feel I’m getting with a kill or when I’m hitting,” she said. “It’s something you can’t explain.”

As volleyball was winding down, McKay was preparing herself to go right into the basketball campaign. Practices started on Nov. 8 and the first game is this Friday at Lake City.

“It’s looking really good,” McKay said, adding she’ll be a post player for the Wildcats. “I think my strength is I’ve been playing since the fourth grade and just growing up and experiencing all the differeny levels. It’s helped me a lot.”

McKay does the shot put and discus in track and said track and field is probably her best sport.

“I took second in shot put in the conference last year,” McKay said