Gross rewarded by college teammates

S. Lee Epps

Kaitlyn Gross, Spring Grove High School class of 2018, continued her basketball career last winter at St. Mary's University in Winona. There were not a lot game minutes for the 6-foot-3 freshman post player, but there was plenty of hard work and valuable preparation.

"Kaitlyn made great strides throughout her first season with us," said head coach David Foley, "competing against some very talented players at her position every day in practice." 

The results of her hard work were recognized by her teammates as she was voted the 2018-2019 Most Improved Player. Gross said she was certainly surprised by the honor and highly appreciative.

She enjoyed the transition to college basketball where she says everything moves faster than in high school. She looks forward to her sophomore season with formal workouts beginning Oct. 15. 

Gross is now the only true post player on the roster, but there are a few combination forward/post teammates.

Gross said she works hard on her defense and rebounding, the two areas the coaches emphasize most.

"Kaitlyn brings a positive, hard working energy to our program, and we expect her role to grow as she continues to learn the college game and how to use her height, length and strength at our level," added Foley.