Alyza Nielsen, Mora girls golf, senior
Tell us about the sports and activities you are involved in: I’m a golfer for the Mora High School girl’s golf team. I’ve tried a lot of the different activities and sports offered throughout my Mora High School career, like theater and cross country skiing, but I’ve continually signed up for golf every year.
What is your favorite thing about being involved in sports?: My favorite thing about being involved with sports is the journey to be good at them. I like being coached and working hard to achieve the goals I set for myself.
Tell us about a person who has influenced you: My coach, Joy Whitbred, influences me a lot in my athletic career and I seem to get a new lesson out of her every season that improves my game.
What is the highlight of your athletic career?: The highlight of my athletic career was this year in cross country skiing. I tried out another new activity my senior year, which was kind of scary, but I ended up really enjoying the sport and I got in the best shape of my life because of it!
With spring practices and games suspended, how are you staying active?: I often take long runs during the week and follow some at-home workouts on YouTube.
What are some of your goals for the future?: My main goal for the future is to do exceptionally well in my training to be a sailor in the U.S. Navy this summer after graduation.
From Coach Joy Whitbred: I am nominating Alyza because she has been part of the Mora girls golf team since seventh grade. Every year, Alyza has improved her game and has THE most positive attitude of any athlete. She understands how mentally challenging golf can be, yet when things are not going her way on the course, she doesn’t get down on herself, instead she leaves the bad shots or holes behind and moves onto the next hole. Alyza is absolutely an outstanding role model for younger players and is always willing to give a positive word of encouragement or advice. We will miss her next year greatly!
Alexis Hughes, Mora girls golf, senior
Tell us about the sports and activities you are involved in: I’m a one-sport athlete who is dedicated to the game. I participate in yearbook and wind band, small ensemble groups such as; jazz one, jazz two and flute choir.
What is your favorite thing about being involved in sports?: My favorite part about golf is having fun with other golfers while still being competitive.
Tell us about a person who has influenced you: I can’t just talk about one person who has influenced me, because there are a few. Those who have helped mold me into the golfer/student that I am now, know who they are and I thank them. They taught me that you can’t fix your past mistakes and you can’t ponder on the past either. The only way you’re going to advance in life is if you stay calm and learn lessons from your mistakes and work hard for the change you want.
What is the highlight of your athletic career?: My highlight would be my junior year because I received the most improved golfer award and it was my third year lettering in golf. That same year was my third consecutive year making it to the second day of sections.
With spring practices and games suspended, how are you staying active?: I’ve been golfing a lot this season. I like to go to the driving range and hit a couple bags of balls to get warmed up and then hit the course. Most of my friends started to golf this year, so we all go and golf together. I also have been working full time at St. Clare’s in Mora as a certified nursing assistant.
What are some of your goals for the future?: I plan to attend Minnesota State Fergus Falls and work on my generals and complete a music therapy degree. In the future, I plan to play on the MN States girl’s golf team in the fall.
From Coach Joy Whitbred: I nominated Alexis because she has been a committed hard working member of the golf program since seventh grade. Alexis can be found at the driving range even before school would start some mornings, preparing for a meet later on that same day. She will be missed!