Weidaw keeping busy with sports
Kaylee Weidaw likes to keep busy.
“If I am just sitting around, it usually drives me nuts,” said the Catasauqua senior. “I need to keep busy.
“I have been that way with my sports since I was little. Sports have been a big part of my life.”
Weidaw is in the final phase of her high school basketball career that began with a home game against Southern Lehigh Tuesday night. The Rough Riders (5-11) need to win all five of their remaining games to qualify for the district playoffs.
For Weidaw, it always has been a hectic schedule, encompassing basketball, cross country, soccer, and track.
There was a moment this year when Weidaw ran in a cross country race on the team’s senior day and then played in a soccer game in the evening. She accomplished the feat with teammate Caroline Rodriguez.
“That was cool,” she recalled. “I really wasn’t tired, and I knew I had to get ready for soccer after cross country.
“It was easier because I had someone with me, but I knew I just had to keep going.”
Weidaw began playing basketball in second grade, but she finally felt confident with her game last season.
“Last year, I really felt good about everything,” stated Weidaw. “I was seeing more varsity time and became more confident with everything.
“I had a good feeling about everything that I did.”
This season, Weidaw had a career-high 11 points against Notre Dame of Green Pond.
“That was really nice,” she said. ‘It was great to make a lot of my shots. Everything was clicking for me.”
Weidaw has valued the guidance of her parents, Kristopher and Melissa, through the years. Her younger sister, Brooke, is a sophomore, and youngest sister, Zoey, is in middle school.
“My parents have always encouraged me to play,” said Weidaw. “They have helped me do as much as I could. My parents and my coaches have helped me learn a lot of life lessons over the years.”
Weidaw’s “main” sport is soccer, one that she has played since she was three. She has been one of the main driving forces on the team the last couple of seasons. Both head girls’ basketball coach Mark Seremula and head girls’ soccer coach Kayla Cunningham have cited Weidaw for her leadership qualities and referred to her as a “tireless worker.”
In the fall and in the spring, Weidaw has run both cross country and track respectively, both sports she began as a freshman.
Weidaw plans to attend Northampton Community College next fall to pursue a career in Radiology and plans to try out for the women’s soccer team. She chose her field due to her interest in MRIs and other related services for athletes.
In the meantime, Weidaw believes her team can make a run at the postseason.
“We have been struggling, but we know what we have to do,” said Weidaw. “We have been missing a few players with injuries, and that has hurt.
“But if we play the way we can, we have a very good chance to win all six of those games. We played really well against Northwestern, but we haven’t been able to finish against the other teams.
“It was a good year, but we just didn’t want to come up short.”
For Weidaw, it was the end of another chapter in her busy lifestyle.