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Faces in KS: Alleigh Kramer

Alleigh Kramer is ready for a big senior season. (photo courtesy of Kramer)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Dec 2, 2019

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Alleigh Kramer had an outstanding junior season for the Nemaha Central Thunder on her way to earning first team all-state honors from Sports in Kansas in 3A in addition to Top 30 All-Class honors from SIK as well.

Going into 2019-2020, Kramer is expected to be one of the top returnees in the state. The recent Benedictine signee, who plays point guard, averaged 13.1 ppg, 4 rpg, 4.3 apg, and 3 spg in 2018-2019. She led her team to a 21-5 record and played in one of the best small school basketball leagues in Kansas, the highly talented Big 7. Royal Valley, last years 3A state champion, is a member of the league, while Nemaha took fourth in the classification.

Kramer isn't just a basketball player either. She is a state champion in the 200 meters in track and field and has finished as an all-state athlete in several events that also include the long jump, 100 meter dash and 4x100 relay. She's also an all-state pick in volleyball this year picking up all-state tournament honors in 2019.

Kramer also gets it done in the classroom with a 3.6 GPA. Her favorite subject at Nemaha Central is weights. Probably the reason for her explosiveness as she features a 24-inch vertical . 

Kramer is also a member of Wheat State Elite, founded by Dylan Evans, who has some of the best high school basketball players in the state. 

While the people of Seneca are going crazy for their first ever state football championship this past Saturday, they should have something to look forward to in basketball as well. NC is no stranger for having top notch girl athletes in multiple sports whether that is Kramer, Laura Macke, Jacy Dalinghaus, or Kaley Dalinghaus over the last few seasons. NC should have a solid shot to make a run this year under head coach Hadden Hiltgen but do just return one other starter besies Kramer in Kirsten Lortscher. We caught up with the outstanding senior student athlete below in the latest Q&A of Faces in Kansas. And also a huge shout out to Nemaha Central and the NC Booster Club for having us come speak to their students on the positives and negatives of social media a few weeks back, Go Thunder! 

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This feature is Presented by Wheat State Elite Basketball. Best of luck to Alleigh Kramer this basketball season. Dylan Evans and Wheat State Elite are proud supporters of Sports in Kansas and girls basketball in Kansas.

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Q&A w/ Kramer

How did you get involved in basketball and sports?

I started out playing my towns Saturday morning league in the 3rd grade and then started traveling ball the same year and fell in love with the sport.

What are your goals this season?

The main goal is to win the state championship but that doesn’t come without winning throughout the season. My goal is to take the season one game at a time and play to the best of my ability.

Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?

Yes, I believe so. We have great number of returners I believe that can step up and fill the talent that graduated.

What makes you such a force as a player?

What makes me such a force as a player is my ability to see the court.

What’s the atmosphere like to play for your school and town?

The atmosphere in my town is AMAZING! I believe I have grown up in one of the best communities in the state. We have people that have no relation or reason to come watch our games, but they still come out and support. Our gym is always full, and we even have a great turnout on away games. I am very proud to come from Seneca Kansas.

For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?

A reason to come watch one of our games is to see the strong relationships between the teammates. No matter what happens we are always trying to pick each other up and will do whatever it takes to win. We don’t play basketball just to win we play to have fun and that is one thing you will notice about our team on the court.

Who are other key players on your team?

I believe every one of my teammates is a key player and that each one of them has their own role.

Favorite thing about Basketball?

My favorite part about basketball is the relationships that are built out of it.

Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?

Besides basketball, I participate in volleyball, track, and then in the summer softball. I am an outside hitter in volleyball, I run the 100, 200, 4x1 and long jump and in track, and in the summertime, I play shortstop in my softball church league.

What is it like to play for your coach?

I have been blessed to have had the same coach throughout all my years of high school basketball. As the years progress, we have gone through many big wins and losses together. Playing for him has been great. We get along great, he always will help me work on my game, and he will always listen to suggestions or something that the team and myself think we could change to better ourselves and the team.

What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?

My team and I shot around a couple of nights during the week and played a few games of 2 on 2 and 3 on 3 to become better in the off season. Also, five of us played travel ball over the summer.

What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?

Interests at the next level I have are increasing my basketball skill and to be successful in my future basketball career.

Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?

My favorite thing to do when I am not playing sports is hanging out with my friends. Growing up in a small town with not many things to do we have become very creative with how we entertain ourselves and it is always and adventure.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years, I see myself graduated from college, with a job as a physical education teacher. Possibly with a family.

Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?

Weights is by far my favorite class. It keeps me active and there are no tests! I would describe myself as a hard-working student. I always turn my assignments in on time and always try my best. My G.P.A is a 3.6 

Who is your role model?

My role model is Julie Koeprich (Kohake). She has been my role model since I was a kid. She used to babysit me, and I would always watch her play sports. I always wanted to be like her. She played 3 sports throughout high school and was very athletic. She is also very caring and gets along with everyone. I still look up to her today.

Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?

The best place to eat in my town is the Willows Restaurant and Bar and The Mexican restaurant.

One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you.

One thing the average person doesn’t know about me is that I am obsessed with all of the Rocky movies.