Suburban Life Athlete of the Week: Stella Kohl, York, basketball, junior

York senior Stella Kohl

Name: Stella Kohl

School: York, junior

Sport: Basketball

Why she was selected: Kohl had 14 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots in York’s 50-42 win over Maine South, snapping the Hawks’ 16-game winning streak. She was selected Athlete of the Week in an online vote. Here is her interview with Sports Editor Joshua Welge.

Welge: What did that Maine South win mean for your team? What did you learn about your team with that win?

Kohl: It was a win that showed us we could not only play with a top team, but beat a top team, which we hadn’t been able to do prior to the Maine South game. I’d say I learned just how well our team works together and plays for one another.

Welge: How is the season going otherwise?

Kohl: The season has been good so far, but up until the Maine South game, we hadn’t been able to pull off a win against some of the top teams.

Welge: Your team’s style of pressing defense – how hard is it to play? How fun is it to play? How do you practice it?

Kohl: I love our defense. It’s all about communication and working with one another. It’s super fun to play because of how involved everyone is during every part of the possession.

Welge: How has your game developed in the last year?

Kohl: I’ve become a lot more confident this year in comparison to last year. I take a lot more shots and drive to the basket 10 times more. On the defensive end, along with most of my teammates, I feel a lot more comfortable in knowing where to be and when.

Welge: You play soccer, too. How do you balance those commitments and how does soccer help you in basketball?

Kohl: I try to balance soccer and basketball as best I can. But in the winter, my main focus is basketball, so I do miss some soccer practices. Soccer helps with my basketball specifically in my vision on the court.

Welge: What’s your favorite sports team? Favorite athlete?

Kohl: I’d say my favorite sports team is the Cubs, but my favorite athlete is Jimmy Butler. Ever since I was little he’s been my favorite.

Welge: What’s your favorite subject in school?

Kohl: Probably English, just because there is no specific right or wrong answer.

Welge: Favorite TV show or movie?

Kohl: My favorite movie is probably “Pitch Perfect.”

Joshua  Welge

Joshua Welge

I am the Sports Editor for Kendall County Newspapers, the Kane County Chronicle and Suburban Life Media, covering primarily sports in Kendall, Kane, DuPage and western Cook counties. I've been covering high school sports for 24 years. I also assist with our news coverage.