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VanDomelen is thrice dominant

Banks senior Kaylin VanDomelen helps lead the Braves to unprecedented levels of success in three different sports


As consistent as the passage of time, the Banks girls basketball, volleyball and softball teams all ended their seasons with Cowapa League titles and state trophies — and Kaylin VanDomelen was there for all of it.

A star at Banks over the past four years, VanDomelen has put together a career full of achievements and honors, but her senior year might have been the best of all.

In the fall, VanDomelen was named the Cowapa League volleyball Player of the Year. With Banks’ basketball team, she was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year and a first team all-league selection.

And those are her secondary sports.

This spring in softball, her favorite sport, VanDomelen capped her senior year by leading the Braves to a 29-2 record and their second consecutive state championship. For her efforts, she was named both the league and state Pitcher of the Year, complementing the state Player of the Year award she earned as a freshman in 2010.

Taking over this year as the team’s primary pitcher, VanDomelen went 22-2 and struck out 226 batters in 147 innings, posting a microscopic 0.43 ERA.

And at the plate, she was a potent weapon in an impressive offensive arsenal, posting a .427 batting average and finishing second on the team in runs scored (41), doubles (13), triples (3), home runs (3) and RBIs (38).

VanDomelen may have been at her best when it counted the most — in the playoffs. Over the team’s final three games, she pitched a no-hitter and two one-hitters, the latter two outings being the Braves’ 1-0 semifinal victory against Newport and the 1-0 win against McLoughlin in the finals.

In November, VanDomelen signed a national letter intent with the University of North Dakota, where she will continue her softball career.

Quite the athlete the Fighting Sioux are getting.




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