Student athlete profile


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Jim Slonoff

Name: Kendall Butler

Year: senior

Hometown: Hinsdale

What do you like about playing basketball?

I enjoy the team because you see where everybody's strengths are and develop relationships with each other on and off the court.

When did you start playing?

The first time was in elementary school playing in the Jodie Harrison program. My dad was the coach.

How has your game improved since freshman year?

My shot is better, and I realize the importance of practicing outside of our scheduled practices to help the team.

What's your goal for the season?

To do better than last year, just improve in our games and to be a better team.

How would your teammates describe you?

That I'm very competitive on the court and hate to lose, even in practice. Also, I hope they would describe me as someone they can look up to.

How do you show senior leadership?

I've had the team over a couple of times for pasta parties, and it's just a lot of fun to get to know the girls and bond outside of practice helps. It's important to show the commitment it takes to be on a varsity sport.

How do you get energized before a game?

We always just blast music in the locker room, like "I Will Survive"

Do you have siblings?

Two older brothers. I can beat them both in basketball.

Do you have any special talents?

I can make a three-leaf clover with my tongue.

Why does coach Karen Persinger like having Butler on the squad?

Kendall demonstrates all the qualities we value in the girls basketball program. Her determination and drive has motivated her to put in the extra work in and out of the season. She has a high basketball IQ and is a great leader on and off the floor. Kendall is the type of player every team needs and every coach loves. She has been consistent and reliable. Kendall has a nose for the ball and always comes up with a key rebound when needed. She is notorious to making important defensive stops during close games, makes unselfish extra passes and can knock down shots. She is a tough athlete who has played through injury and given her all for the program over the last four years.

- profile by Ken Knutson, photo by Jim Slonoff

Author Bio

Ken Knutson is associate editor of The Hinsdalean

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 630-323-4422, ext 103


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