SALINA — For the first time in her athletic life, Kayla Vitztum will soon concentrate on one sport.
But before she heads to Newman University for volleyball, the Thomas More Prep-Marian star got the chance to bid a fond farewell to basketball.
Vitztum scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association girls All-Star game to help the White team edge the Blue 84-80 on Saturday night in Kansas Wesleyan’s Mabee Arena.
“I’m definitely going to miss it next year in college when the basketball season rolls around,” Vitztum said. “Maybe I’ll pick up an intramural team or something like that.”
Vitztum was involved in several key plays down the stretch, scoring eight points in the fourth quarter. With the White trailing 80-76, she grabbed an offensive rebound and found McPherson star Taylor Robertson on the right wing for a 3-pointer with 1:47 left.
Robertson, an Oklahoma signee who scored a game-high 29 points and went 7 of 9 from 3-point range, buried another trey with 1:21 left to put the White in front for good.
“It’s a fun game, but you’re also still really competitive with some of the best in the state,” Vitztum said.
“Our team was very big on getting to know each other, getting excited for everything. Our team chemistry was really good, even with just meeting each other.”
Vitztum starred in volleyball, basketball and soccer and also competed in a few track meets for the Monarchs. She settled on playing volleyball for Newman in college, signing with Jets last winter.
“It’ll definitely be weird (focusing on one sport) but I’m also very excited just to develop my skills more and become a better volleyball player every day,” said Vitztum, who helped lead TMP to a Class 3A volleyball title as a senior.
“It was a pretty tough decision (to pick a sport) up until about junior year. I had a few options, but that’s when I realized volleyball was what I was most passionate about.”
Vitztum hasn’t had much down time this summer, also playing in the Kansas Volleyball Association All-Star match earlier this month. She will report to Newman on Aug. 3.
“Between doing volleyball and the workouts and the All-Star games, it’s not much of a break,” Vitztum said. “Maybe a little break in July.”
Quinter’s Peyton Havlas played for the Blue team. She had two points and grabbed seven rebounds.
The Blue team was led by Manhattan’s Christianna Carr, a Kansas State signee, with 20 points. Concordia’s Cydney Bergmann, who is headed to Fort Hays State, scored 13 points for the Blue.