Student athlete profile

Amelia McLaughlin



When did you first start playing basketball?

I played basketball first and foremost at Hinsdale Inferno and actually met a lot of my current friends there.

What do you enjoy most about the sport?

I love team sports in general. Just growing up in a family that has been kind of built around sports and the communities that come with them, I feel like it's something that I'm just not able to give up.

Do you enjoy playing multiple positions?

I actually really, really enjoy it. In the past, we've always had two really great strong posts. I've been predominantly in the wing spot. Being able to see the game from that perspective - in the post or as a guard - has been really fun this year.

How have you improved since your freshman year?

I feel like I've grown as a player and person and hope to help the ones around me do the same.

What is the best advice you've gotten from a coach?

Have fun. It's a game and life is too short to treat it any other way. Get to know the girls and build friendships.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I've grown up in an NFL family. My cousins have all played either collegiately or professionally. My uncle also played professionally. Currently I have three cousins that are playing (Bills, Chargers and 49ers). I also play softball.

To whom are you grateful?

Coach Navolio and Coach Rogala, they are new this year and they dedicate so much time to us as players and people in general. I'm grateful to have two awesome females guiding us not just in the game of basketball, but life. Also my family for supporting me.

Why does coach Erin Navolio like having McLaughlin on the team?

Amelia is one of only two seniors returning to our team this season. As a senior leader, she has been responsible for guiding our younger players as they adjust to varsity level of play. At the same time, she works to keep team spirits up during a particularly tough season. Off the court, Amelia is kind, selfless and an upbeat person. On the court, she is fearless and gives 110 percent at all times.

- profile by Pamela Lannom, photo by Jim Slonoff

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Pamela Lannom is editor of The Hinsdalean