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Senior Student Athlete Profile: Kylee Mesker (Henning)

By Craig Olson, 04/28/20, 3:30PM CDT


Henning senior Kylee Mesker became part of the first Henning volleyball team to qualify for state when the Hornets won the Section 6A title in November.  After a winter of doing stats for the OTC wrestling team, Kylee lost her chance to finish up her high school athletic career with the OTC softball team when the spring sports season was cancelled in Minnesota.

Kylee will have the opportunity to compete on the volleyball court at the next level as she will spend the next two years at M State in Fergus Falls playing for the lady Spartans.  Following those two years she plans on transferring to Bemidji State University to finish up a degree in Social Work.

A top sports memory from high school was easy for Mesker, “It was the big group hug after the Section Final game to go to state in volleyball!”

Her volleyball coach, Kristy Finck, had nothing but praise for the impact Kylee made on the Hornets program, “Kylee was a 3 year letter winner for the Hornets. She was our defensive specialist. Kylee will be missed in the fall. Her energy and effort she gave on the court was a huge part of our success.  Kylee had no fear to go and get a ball.  That is what made her so good in her position. She put in a lot of time in the off season, playing JO, attending camps, leagues and morning workouts which helped her game improve.  She is a great kid and I feel bad for her and the rest of the senior class that they missed out on their senior year!  She has plans to attend FFCC in the fall, hopefully VB be up and going by then and she can continue her career playing there!”

Psychology and Chemistry were her favorite school subjects.  With online schooling and now spring sports, she acknowledges it has been tough, “I will admit that I have been pretty sad.  I miss my class and I miss my last year of softball.  It feels like everything that I have been looking forward to this year was taken away from me.  I have been enjoying the outdoors, but I would much rather be enjoying my last year of high school with my classmates.”

Mesker continued with this advice to the underclassmen, “I know many of us say that we ‘can’t wait for high school to be done’.  Well, it finished early for us and it’s upsetting that we can’t enjoy the year with the rest of you.  Please don’t take the memories with your classmates or teammates for granted!  You never know when it could be taken away from you.  Good luck the rest of your years and enjoy every little moment!”