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Girls Athlete Of The Year: Katie Hughes

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By Brittany Cooper

Filer, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) High school athletes come and go, but then again, not everyone is like Katie Hughes.

Idaho's 3A Gatorade Player of the Year in basketball also won three state championships as a senior at Filer High School.

Meet our Girls Athlete of the Year.

"She demands to be perfect, even if she isn't perfect, she wants to be perfect," explains Filer High School Girls Basketball Coach, Kody Ketterling.

Katie Hughes nearly achieved a perfect year. Her volleyball team made it to state and she earned all–conference honors.

Then there was basketball. Last year's loss in the state championship served as motivation for Hughes to do better. Their first challenge of the tourney, facing #1 Sugar Salem.

Hughes adds, "it was hard to go against Sugar Salem the first game because they were the number one ranked team so that adds pressure to you to know they are ranked ahead of you."

They prevailed, took down Priest River and finally beat Timberlake for the championship.

"She was a leader, not always by voice, but by work ethic. I think she's not so much a talker I guess you can say with the kids and players, but she communicated by the way she played in the court. Her intensity picks up, players pick up, the go to player for me, the play calling, she's the player I leaned on for the players to get something done on the court," adds Ketterling.

Then came track. Two first place finishes at state in the discus and shot put.

Hughes says, "that was fun because track is so much more laid back and so I don't nearly get dressed out. It was kind of hard though because the competition was a lot lower in our district and so I had to make sure to push myself to be better instead of worrying about all the other competition."

Hughes will be taking her basketball skills to the College of Southern Idaho and while the season hasn't started yet, Hughes already feels comfortable with the playing style of team.

"I'm really excited because I get to keep playing and coach rogers he seems like such a good guy and so nice. He always believed in me and told me I had a lot of potential," adds Hughes.

"I wish we could clone her and have a few more that come in, but I'm glad that I had the opportunity to coach someone like that," according to Ketterling.

Congratulations, Katie Hughes, our Girls Athlete of the Year.


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