Chelsea’s Katlyn Thurman – Basketball Spotlight Presented by Roberts Auto Center

By Derrick Smith

High school student athletes can have a variety of reasons to play sports. Some may do it to stay in shape and stay active, while others may play to have more things to put on their college application. But for some, there is the hope of moving on and playing at the next level, which is the case for Katlyn Thurman.

“I have had some basketball players from my school that have gone on to play in college,” she said. “That is a path that I plan to follow as well.”

A senior at Chelsea High School, Thurman is a multi-sport athlete, playing basketball, softball, and running track. She is no stranger to playing multiple sports. She has played softball for eight years, basketball and track for seven years. 

Katlyn has has a lot of people she could look up to as role models for her life, but in her eyes, there is only one person.

“My grandpa is definitely my role model,” she stated. “He is not only my biggest supporter, but he also challenges me to become a better player and a better person.”

Becoming a better player requires a lot of work, according to Thurman.

“It takes dedication and passion,” she said. “You also have to play like each game is your last, give it all you have each time you step on the court.”

Thurman says that her favorite teacher is her basketball coach, Jamie Quigley.

“He always pushes me to be the best player and person that I can be, both on and off the court.”

The highlight moment that Thurman looks to as her favorite is a night, she tallied a big number of points.

“My favorite night personally would have to be the night I scored twenty-nine points while only playing two quarters,” she said. “I also love how our team comes together and supports each other and work to become better than the previous year.”

Other than athletics, Katlyn is also a member of Business Professionals of America (BPA), Student Council (STUCO), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).