WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The seniors on the Assumption girls basketball team have ended each of their first three seasons in the state championship game.
Macyn Krings was a freshman on the Royals’ 2013 championship team and even though she didn’t get into that game, she has seen an increased role during the last two, getting on the floor at the Resch Center.
“Macyn has improved her overall game a lot since her freshman year, but she’s improved significantly on defense,” Royals coach Joe Birkhauser said. “She brings a lot of energy to the floor and has a great attitude.
“She’s a great kid that will do anything for her team, school or friends.”
How will the early tough games your team has played help down the road? When you play teams like Neillsville and Loyal right away like we have, you learn right away what your strengths and weaknesses as a team are. Those games are good teaching experiences, whether we win or lose. We already know we have to work on some things after our first three games.
What do you think of playing two halves instead of four quarters? It’s different. Our games are only four minutes longer, but that seems like a long time. For us it’s been tough to stay out of foul trouble. Teams will have to be in better shape for the extra time we’re playing. It’s also four more minutes you have to be focused during a game.
What are you best basketball memories? The time before games in the locker room. We listen to music and sing and dance. It’s pretty entertaining.
What are the challenges of being a three-sport athlete? The last few years it’s tough to have just one day off between basketball and softball because they run into each other. It can be tough at times to study hard and perform in the classroom to get good grades, but coach always tells us we’re students first and athletes second. For all my sports, we do a lot of offseason work too and that takes up time as well.
What is your biggest fear? Losing a family member or someone close to me.
Tell me something that people would be surprised to know about you: I hunt. I shot a (four-pointer) this year. My whole family hunts and I like it. I don’t gut my deer by myself, but I help. I like it, but it’s harder to go because of basketball.
Name something on your bucket list you really want to do: I want to go on a mission trip somewhere like Peru to help people. Our school did one, but I wasn’t able to go on it. I think it would be a great experience to help people in another country.
What historical figure would you like to meet and what would you talk about? Jesus. I’d want to know about the afterlife and things like that. I’d also ask him what life was like during his time.
What’s the best thing about going to Assumption? You get a lot of support from teachers and peers for both academics and athletics. Everyone pushes you to be the best you can in the classroom and as an athlete.
Sports: Cross country, volleyball, basketball, softball
Family: Dad, Greg; mom, Brenda; brothers, Josh and Zack
Favorite subject: English
Favorite color: Red
Favorite food: Ice cream
Favorite TV show: “One Tree Hill”
Favorite athlete: Jennie Finch
Breakfast, lunch or dinner: Breakfast
Spring, summer, fall or winter: Fall
iPhone or Android: iPhone
Pulp or no pulp in your orange juice: No pulp