Senior Spotlight: Keighley Blindauer – Notre Dame Academy girls’ basketball, soccer
By Rich Palzewic
Keighley (KEE-LEE) Blindauer (BLIN-DOWER) is a senior at Notre Dame Academy who recently finished her career with the girls’ basketball team.
She was also a member of the WIAA Division 3 state championship soccer team last year.
Blindauer will be attending either Michigan Tech or UW-La Crosse to study psychology and will play soccer at Tech if she goes there.
In her spare time, she likes to read and hang out with her friends.
Name: Keighley Blindauer
School: Notre Dame Academy
Sports: Girls’ basketball, soccer
Parents: Jolene and Patrick
You are the first senior spotlight from Green Bay Notre Dame for our paper – how does that feel?
“It’s an honor to be the first student-athlete from Notre Dame to be a senior spotlight for the Press Times. There are many amazing athletes at Notre Dame, so I am sure there will be plenty more. Thank you for the opportunity.”
Tell me about your family.
“I have two older brothers. Cullen lives in Madison and Kyle goes to UW-La Crosse and wants to be a pediatrician’s assistant. My parents are both from around here.”
Do you come from a sports family?
“Cullen played baseball, Kyle played football, basketball and did track, my dad played football in college for two years at UW-Eau Claire and my mom did track all four years at UW-La Crosse.”
Have you always just done basketball and soccer at Notre Dame?
“I played volleyball my freshman and sophomore year.”
How about a high school sport you wish you would have done?
“My parents always said I would have been good at softball.”
What was it like playing basketball for head coach Sara Rhode?
“She’s intense and one of the best coaches I’ve ever had. She is well respected and gets a lot done in her practices. She keeps things moving – it was good for us.”
You had a great year in making it to the sectional finals!
“No one expected us to have the season we did, so it was a great year. The season was fun. I told the underclassmen that they can do great things these next few years.”
How does it feel to be a state soccer champ?
“It was really fun. Going into our season last year, we thought it could be a good season, but I don’t think we felt we could win a state title. I’ve always wanted to be a state champion – I think about it a lot. I have my medal by my bed.”
How’s the team looking this year?
“We lost a lot of seniors, but we built a lot last year. I think we will be good.”
What is your most embarrassing sports moment?
“In middle school basketball during a seventh-grade tournament, I made a basket for the opposing team.”
What is something about you most people wouldn’t know?
“I really like dogs. My dad always said I wanted a dog from a very young age. I finally got one when I was 9 years old. I have a golden retriever named Millie.”
What three words best describe you?
“Athletic, creative, fun.”
Besides Wisconsin, what would be your favorite state and why?
“Minnesota because I like the Twin Cities. I can see myself living in a bigger city.”
On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me …
“Sleeping in, eating a big breakfast and then going to church with my family.”
When you were 10 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“I wanted to be a veterinarian.”
When did that change?
“When I got to high school and realized biology wasn’t one of my best subjects.”
If you could be anywhere right now, where would it be?
“On my way to a warm vacation.”
What would be your least favorite household chore?
“Folding my laundry and bringing it upstairs.”
Tent or camper?
Sunrise or sunset?
Chocolate or vanilla?
Do the dishes or vacuum?
Sledding or downhill skiing?
Athlete: Soccer player Alex Morgan
Board game: Sorry
Phone app: Snapchat