Rhinelander's Van Zile reflects on career as a Hodag, excited to be a Titan Submitted: 04/02/2020
Story By Mazie Vincent

Rhinelander's Van Zile reflects on career as a Hodag, excited to be a Titan
RHINELANDER - High school seniors might not be getting the picture-perfect ending to their school careers.

But this week one Rhinelander basketball star announced some exciting news about her future.

"Just the fact that I am playing still is just really exciting to me and knowing I have a lot more to accomplish."

Rhinelander's all-time leading basketball scorer Kenedy Van Zile is no stranger to breaking records and accomplishing goals.
The senior just checked off her final goal for high school athletics -- signing to play ball at the next level. The star point-guard is headed to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

"The effort they put in, coming to my games, have their player's text me before playoff games. They were just really welcoming and really wanted me," Van Zile said.

Oshkosh didn't start recruiting Van Zile until half-way through her senior season. So she's glad she waited to make the big decision.

"I know signed kind of late, the season is over but I just think it's the best fit for me and I'm excited to see where my career will go," Van Zile said. 

Recruits got a front-row seat to a record-breaking senior year for Van Zile.

She surpassed the all-time leading scorer for both boys and girls with 1,670 total points, shared GNC Player of the Year honors and made it to sectionals with the Hodags for the first time in school history.

"I just want them to keep pushing new records and just keep trying their hardest. I know speaking for all the seniors, we've worked hard and I know the girls will continue to work hard. People even ahead of my class have set an expectation and I really think the team will keep working hard for it," Van Zile said.

Van Zile says most importantly she couldn't be more grateful for the Hodag community.

"They don't know how thankful us seniors are for them and how much they've me our season and my whole career enjoyable. Because if it wasn't for the fans and my friends and family, I don't know what I would be playing for," Van Zile said.

Those experiences are what make her even more excited for what's next.

"Bigger stands, bigger crowds and I just love playing for people and I hope I will enjoy it," Van Zile said. 

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