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March 3, 2023
Ally Landers, #34
Allyson (Ally) Landers has been playing basketball since she was seven years old, participating in programs at the Sportsplex and being a part of a Junior Wahawks team. In fifth grade, Landers started playing for Iowa Prep, making basketball a year-round sport for her at a young age.
Dr. Anthony Pappas, Landers coach, says “Ally is a hard worker and she is improving her game as the season progresses. She is becoming more experienced every game.” Landers starts JV for the Wahawks and has been put in for multiple varsity games, including against the East High Trojans in November.
Off the court, Landers is a 4.0 student, taking various advanced classes. Landers is also found on the volleyball court when she isn’t playing basketball as she has a deep love for sports and competing. Landers loves basketball and spends her free time in the gym, ball handling and shooting on a daily basis. “I have played everywhere on the court and hope to continue to keep working hard to be the best teammate and player that I can be,” she says.
As Landers makes her way through high school, she hopes to gain the leadership skills that the senior athletes have shown her this year. “They welcomed me to the Varsity team as a freshman and are always teaching me more about the game and to always play with confidence. I really look up to them and am glad I get to call them friends and teammates.”
After high school, Landers hopes to continue playing basketball in college, where she plans to study to be a Nurse Practitioner.
Landers was nominated by Dr. Pappas and she believes that she has earned this recognition because she has worked alongside Pappas for a long time. Landers participates in off-season practices with Pappas over the summer and he has been helping her better her abilities for years. “He has helped me develop a further understanding of the game and knows my dream for my future with basketball,” Landers says.