Seneca basketball player Kahli Fields spoke to PREP SPORTS in a recent interview.
PREP SPORTS: What are your personal goals for the year?
Some personal goals I have for this year are, staying positive, enjoying every moment this basketball season, improve my overall knowledge of the sport, and to be more confident.
PREP SPORTS: What is your favorite athletic memory?
There was a pretty cool moment this season when we had a J.V game at Mt.Vernon. It was a really close game and they had just scored to get ahead of us with a couple of seconds left. Kordy Hancock passed me the ball and I dribbled past half court almost to the 3-point line and shot the ball. Surprisingly, It went in and we won the game, it was such a fun game and the atmosphere was awesome. It was a very memorable game.
PREP SPORTS: What teammate has left the biggest impression on you and why?
Sydnee Staley is our only senior this season and she has done a great job leading this team in an influential way. There were times where we had a rough game and she would text in our group chat later that night letting us know that she is proud of us and not to hang our heads. She’s always very positive which helps our team atmosphere a lot. I would say she has left the biggest impression on me because she shows great leadership in many different ways and would do anything for our team. This has pushed me to stay positive and push my teammates during practice in order to make each other better.
PREP SPORTS: What is your favorite part of being on this team?
There’s something special about this team and I would say that it’s because of how close all of us are. We are all very supportive of each other and push each other every day to be better. My coaches are very supportive as well and influenced my decision to play basketball again after not playing since junior high. Overall, my favorite part of being on this team is how it feels like a family.
PREP SPORTS: What Clubs or Campus groups are you involved with and why?
With my main sport being softball, I want to help influence the future of Seneca softball. I plan to help with the junior high softball team this coming up season.
PREP SPORTS: What has your sport taught you that you use in your daily life?
Basketball has taught me a couple different things that relate to life. One of the main things is sometimes things aren’t going to go your way so it’s important to be able to adapt and adjust in order to be successful.
PREP SPORTS: What is the best advice that anyone has given you?
There’s one thing i’ve always been told by past coaches, my parents, and current coaches. Hustle goes a long way. Coaches want to see hustle. Even if you aren’t the best player out there, if you are hustling and giving 100% effort, it will be noticed. So, I try to apply that to everything I do, and to me it’s kind of a sign of respect as well. That’s probably the best advice I’ve been given.
PREP SPORTS: Who inspires you and why?
I would have to say that the person that inspires me the most is Baker Mayfield. My goal is to have a mindset like he has when it comes to sports and honestly life in general. He has faced a lot of bumps in his path to be the best quarterback and the best person he can be and the way he’s handled that and adapted inspires me.
PREP SPORTS: Here is your chance to give a shoutout or say thank you to anyone you wish.
I would like to take the chance to thank my parents, my coaches, and my teammates for being patient, trusting, and supportive. I am very happy I decided to play basketball again and I’m looking forward to what the rest of this season brings!