Tonawanda News — Former Tonawanda athletic director Dawn Bak-Schmitt knew Kalyn Compeau was going to be special.
Back at the original Clinton H. Small Stadium during a Lady Warriors varsity soccer game, when Compeau was just a seventh grader on the JV team, Bak-Schmitt said to keep an eye on her. Compeau scored crazy high on the fitness tests and was going to be an amazing athlete.
One year later, almost to the day, Compeau as an eighth grader scored her first varsity goal. A game-winner in OT to beat rival Alden — and the Compeau legend was officially born.
From that first varsity soccer goal to what eventually will be her last bucket for the varsity basketball team, Compeau, now a senior, cannot put into words how truly blessed she feels. And how all these amazing moments in her life are sewn together.
“Definitely all sewn together,” Compeau said with a smile as she reflected on her career. “I really think that, yeah there were some loses that hurt, but nothing bad happened. Everything that happened was kind of insane and still mind blowing to this day.”
Compeau has been the catalyst on two of the most successful teams during what can arguably be called the greatest era of success in THS’ athletics. Compeau not only helped the varsity soccer team get to the Class B sectional title game and earn a share of the ECIC IV title in soccer last fall, she helped the basketball team make school history by capturing back-to-back league titles during her sophomore and junior seasons.
“It feels amazing,” she said. “I did my part. I definitely played defense mostly, that’s my thing. Being a part of it is kind of cool because I never thought I would be part of something that big.”