Tonawanda News — Thinking about the bond with her basketball teammates, Compeau said that she and all of the girls who were part of those teams were lucky enough to be part of something truly special.
“Sometimes I’ve got to sit back and take a breath thinking about all of it,” Compeau said. “It’s sad for it to all end, but definitely proud of everything that has happened in all my years of varsity sports.”
Warriors varsity basketball coach Jay Hall said it’s almost impossible to sum the positive affect Compeau has had. Not just on basketball, but Tonawanda High School athletics as a whole.
“It is hard to put into words. What can you say about her?” said Hall. “She goes out. She does the job on the court. She’s great in practice. She’s just an outstanding person to have around. She’s an outstanding athlete and an outstanding person.”
Hall said that every girl has played a role in the recent run of success in basketball. While most girls had one key strength she could bring, Hall said Compeau was the rare player who was reliable in all facets.
“She was that steady rock that we needed throughout the last couple of years,” he said.
Compeau knows that talent is one thing. The true blessing is being fortunate enough to have people in your life who care enough to help cultivate that skill through support, love and encouragement. Kalyn Compeau doesn’t have to search long to find the cornerstones of her life; her older brother, Cory Compeau, and their mom, Christine Deeb.
“Oh my God,” Compeau said, as her face lit up at the mere mention of her family. “Cory and my mom, they give up so much just to be at my games. My mom took me to all of my travel practices. They give up everything. ... They’ll do anything for me and I love them. I couldn’t thank them enough. I don’t know how I could have done it without them. Even after a bad game or something they’ll say, ‘You’re an amazing athlete, don’t hang your head.’”