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Ferree spirit

Posted: Friday, Jul 4th, 2014

Atascadero News photo contributed by Kylie Ferree Atascadero High School graduate Kylie Ferree throws up the double-chaka with the island shore of Kauai in the background during her summer vacation of 2014. The island time of Hawaii is a stark contrast to the busy life she had as an AHS senior.

Some people happen to the world. They take on challenges, show up early, stay late, and play for keeps. They set records, win awards, live with passion, and never, ever give up. Atascadero High School graduate Kylie Ferree is one of those people and her senior year body of work is a testament to her hard work.

The icing on Ferree’s senior cake was the 2014 Atascadero High School Female Athlete of the Year. The AHS Athlete of the Year awards are determined by the achievements of an athlete during their senior year, including All-league selections, team Most Valuable Players awards, and more. It is not the product of a single vote, but earned by a body of work. Ferree earned it in just two sports — water polo and swimming.

“I have a little bit of natural athletic ability,” Ferree said, “but 70 or 80 percent of my outcome is because of my hard work.”

The award capped a senior year she completed as the ASB president, was named the 2014 homecoming queen, and earned All-CIF honors in water polo.

“It was totally something I wanted, but I wasn’t playing three sports,” Ferree said.

Ferree played in two sports, but she played a huge role in the AHS water polo program — in both the boys and girls programs.

During the winter, she was in the pool at 6 a.m., challenging the younger boys team and improving her game. In the afternoon, she was back in the pool practicing, or on the

sidelines with the boys team marking down stats for head coach Mitch Stafford.

“She was just one of the most coachable players that I ever had,” Stafford said. “She worked hard all the time. Everything that we applied in a drill or a skill, she tried to refine it. She was so hard on herself that it was unnecessary for us [coaches] to have to motivate her.”

For the complete article see the 07-04-2014 issue.

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