Ella Grove has been a standout three-sport athlete at Alexandria Area High School, excelling in volleyball, basketball and track and field. One of her top sports memories came when she made one of the last second shots in the 2018 section basketball championship game when the Cardinals beat Fergus Falls to qualify for the state tournament.
“Ella is a strong multi-sport athlete and an excellent student,” said Alexandria Head Girls Basketball Coach Wendy Kohler. “It was so fun to see Ella develop thru the program blossoming into a dominant player both in the paint and perimeter. She was an important key to leading the Cardinals to their 10th State Tournament and Ella’s second. Her unselfish demeanor and work ethic are evident in her leadership both on and off the court as a role model. Her off-season work paid off both for the Cardinals and for Ella earning a scholarship at D2 UMary in the NSIC.”
“Playing sports has taught me many things and it has helped me become a better person overall,” said Grove. “I have learned how to be a role model and a great teammate, along with how to handle tough situations on and off the court. Sports have taught me to have a positive outlook on life and how to keep pushing myself past my comfort zone.”
Ella’s favorite school subjects were Gym classes and Economics. She plans on attending the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota to play basketball and major in Coaching and Sport Studies.
“It has been tough to stay at home all day, all week and not be able to see my friends, teachers, teammates and coaches,” admitted Grove. “I have struggled a bit to find motivation to do school work or work out, but when I get out of bed early and establish a routine it helps to keep me going. I work out and go outside to stay fresh and motivated. I also try to eat healthier and be active to feel better and more accomplished since we can’t go to school or the gyms.”
As for advice to underclassmen, “Don’t take any time at school or in the gym for granted. High school has been such a fun experience and it’s been cut short. The four years I had went by so fast and now not being able to go back to school and spend the last days with friends is harder that I could have imagined. I didn’t realize how much we had and how much it meant to me until it was gone. Always set a goal and work hard to do your absolute best, because it will pay off in the end. And, most importantly, have fun!”