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Leaving it all out on the court, Superior native Kontny leaving legacy at UW-Superior

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University of Wisconsin Superior's (UWS) Hailey Kontny and basketball are like peanut butter and jelly --- they go hand-in-hand. It's been that was long as she can remember. 

"I love everything about it," said Kontny. "It's been my life since I was little. Like, my first word was ball."

She's wreaked havoc on seemingly every court she's played on. Whether it was with Superior High School or now with the the Yellowjackets, her mindset has always been the same. 

"Just to give it my all and leave it out on the court," she said.  

It's a simple attitude, but it's one that works. 

"Hailey Kontny is one of a kind," said Yellowjackets head coach Zach Otto-Fisher. "She's that gem that every coach wants to have." 

The Superior, Wis. native is the two-time reigning UMAC Player of the Year and one of the best scorers in program history. 

She's accomplished a lot, but there's not let-up with her. After averaging 14 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season, she's upped her averages to 17 and 7 in 2017-18. 

So the question is what continues to drive her?

"What motivates me is being a role model for the little kids that keep playing and keep wanting to improve," she said. "It really warms my heart to watch them come to our games and support us. I play for them and want to make my community proud."

Her playing days will be over after this season, but Kontny plans to stay close to the game as a coach. She's even begun serving as a volunteer assistant coach for the Superior girls' basketball team this season. 

"This experience as a player is only going to help her," said Otto-Fisher. "In 5-10 years, you're going to be doing a story and interviewing her as a high school coach." 

So one day she'll be a coach, and probably a good one. But you can bet even then, people will remember her legacy as a player. 

"I want people want to remember how hard of a worker I was," said Kontny. "That's what I want people to remember me for is just that hard-working player that gets after it on the court." 

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UWS is (8-2) overall for the season and riding a six-game winning streak. The Yellowjackets will return to action on December 29 when they face Wartburg College in Wavery, Iowa. 

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