Athlete of the Week: Reanne Kietlinski

Senior ranked 34th all-time scorer in state history

Contributed photo Bowler High School senior Reanne Kietlinski is ranked 34th in state history with 1,850 career points so far. The senior leads the state this season in steals with 7.6 per game, and leads the Panthers with 28.2 points per game and 48 assists.

Athlete: Reanne Kietlinski

Sport: Basketball

Position: Guard

School: Bowler High School

Year: Senior

Reanne Kietlinski currently sits as the 34th all-time scorer in state history with 1,850 career points after Tuesday’s 25-point game against Menominee Indian. The senior, who began her high school career on varsity, also has 453 career steals and leads the state this season with 7.6 steals per game. Kietlinski averages 28.2 points per game and leads the Panthers with 48 assists and 72 percent at the free-throw line.

Q Where did your interest in playing basketball begin?

A I’ve had an interest in the game from a very young age. I can remember dribbling my smiley face basketball in our kitchen at the age of 5. As I grew older, my dad and I found basketball was something we could bond over, and we’ve been working together ever since.

Q What do you think contributes to you being the top scorer and a leader on the team?

A First of all, my teammates are amazing. Sometimes I feel they don’t get all the credit they deserve. Each and every one of them is screening for me, sealing girls on my drives and looking for me in transition. That’s a huge part of my scoring and success. The other part of that is my work in the off season, day in and day out and my ambition to get better. I really believe in this team, so that drives me to want to lead them all to their full potential.

Q As a senior, what do you see your role as on the team?

A I hold myself in a very high leadership role. I take it upon myself to pick up the girls when they’re down and push them when they need the boost. I see it as my job to motivate them for a big game, and give them tips and pointers in every area so we can be successful together.

Q What have you done in the offseason, along with your underclassman years, to establish yourself as a key contributor this year?

A I’ve dedicated tons of time to this game; trying to perfect my shot and ball handling. I’ve lifted weights, came to the gym on weekends, and played AAU in the spring/summer. Basically I played basketball whenever I had the opportunity.

Q What’s your goal for your final season, both personal and for the team?

A I want this team to have Bowler’s first girls basketball conference title. Personally, I want to be the best teammate and player possible. Two thousand points would be a huge goal, but I try not to focus on that too much and just play my game.

Q How does it feel knowing you’ll end your high school career with the accomplishment of being in the top-35 scorers in state history?

A It’s a great feeling, it’s hard to put it into words. I feel like all of my hard work and dedication to this sport is really paying off. I wanted to make my mark on Wisconsin basketball, and I think this was one way of doing it. It wasn’t possible without support from my coaches, family, friends and team.

Q Do you have any pregame rituals?

A I picture the game in my head and think of what I need to accomplish each and every night. Then I jam with my team in the locker room.

Q What are your goals for basketball post-graduation?

A I want to go to a four-year university and possibly study sports management or something in communications, and also play collegiate basketball. It’s always been a goal of mine to play ball at a scholarship level.

Q What’s your favorite thing to do in your free time?

A When I’m not playing sports or hanging out with my friends, I really enjoy singing and playing my guitar. That’s probably something most people don’t know about me, music is a big part of my life as well.

Q Do you have a favorite quote or verse?

A “You can’t lose confidence in yourself, or you’ve lost already. When you get knocked down, you’ve got to keep getting back up.” — Tim Tebow