Athlete of the Week: Kelly Leamer

Senior makes big impact on team loaded with talent


Emily Wagner

Kelly Leamer is averaging over 12 points per game, and has missed double-figure scoring just once all season.

It’s not easy to stand out on a team with as many productive players as the Bellwood-Antis Lady Blue Devils, but senior Kelly Leamer does.

The Lady Blue Devils are 9-1 and 6-0 in the ICC as they attempt the defend their District 6-AA championship and Leamer is a big reason why.  She is third on the team in scoring at over 12 points per game to go along with 22 assists and 23 steals, both of which place her among the top four on the squad.

Leamer has scored double figures on every game but one this season, and in her last two games she has equaled a season-high of 16.

For her efforts Leamer was named the BluePrint’s Athlete of the Week.


How did you get involved with basketball?

Kelly: The leagues at the Tyrone YMCA. My dad coached my sister and I would practice with them.

What’s your favorite thing about basketball? Least favorite?

Kelly: I love the competition and being able to compete with my best friends.

What’s the most important thing you want to take from basketball?

Kelly: The memories that I have with all my friends.

Do you have any advice for younger kids who want to play basketball?

Kelly: Play in as many leagues as you can and always work to improve.

How do you and Your sister Katy compare to each other?

Kelly: We both are extremely competitive, she’s more of an offensive player and I like to play defense.

Can your team repeat as District champs?

Kelly: I think we can. We have the talent and we know people want to beat us, and it just makes us work harder.

Can you compete for state title?

Kelly: Yes, we have all worked very hard in the off season and that’s one of our team’s goalsa.

What are your team’s biggest strengths?

Kelly: We have been playing together since we were in 3rd grade and we are strong in both the guard & forward positions.

Will you continue to play basketball after high school in college or summer leagues?

Kelly: I haven’t decided if I want to play volleyball or basketball in college, but I’ll play summer leagues regardless.