Academic All Star - Kari Walkley

By Brendan O'Reilly

July 22, 2010 Updated Sep 24, 2008 at 10:34 PM EDT

"She's energy. I mean, she's exhausting."
She would be Tioga junior Kari Walkley. She's unbelievably quick, has a rocket shot and as you might have guessed, she's constantly looking for her next scoring chance.
Coach Margo Martin says,
"Her entire personality from I think probably from the time she wakes up from the time she goes to bed she's just on the go. When she was a little girl, she'd be out in her yard doing back flips and front flips."
But in Kari's early days she was a star soccer player. She didn't try field hockey until 5th grade and didn't decide to ditch the ball for the stick until middle school.
Kari says, "I was really into soccer but I was looking towards the future and our school at the time didn't have a girls soccer team so I was like I'd rather play on a team with a bunch of girls than have to compete for spots with guys."
That decision has paid off. Kari's played in the Empire State Games and helped lead her travel club to a fourth place finish at the national championships. Throw in her 94 grade point average and the future looks bright. Her dream is to play field hockey at Wake Forest with her friend and former Maine-Endwell star Emily Cummings.
"I guess I like the energy. Like, us girls playing together as a team and like, playing with a bunch of different girls, like not only at my high school but playing with like travel teams."
Wherever Kari's game takes her, chances are she'll be going full-speed ahead. In Tioga, Justin Horowitz, Action Sports.

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