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-Photo of the Messenger by Britt Kudla Alyson Nieland of St. Edmond

Alyson Nieland put everything she had into being the best she could be for St. Edmond on the sports field.

Each school year it started in volleyball for Nieland and continued in basketball, track and field, and softball. And with each season, she has left her mark on this program.

“I’m very grateful to have been a Gael athlete throughout high school,” Nieland said. “When I was in middle school and through my early years of high school, I saw the upper class students and how they helped guide me and others.

“Then as I got junior and senior I wanted to help lead the younger girls like the others had helped be a leader for me.”

Nieland did just that, adding “For me, a big part of being a Gael athlete is how close our teams are and how strong the leadership can be.”

Last summer, Nieland and St. Edmond won a share of the North Central Conference basketball title. An all-league selection, Nieland hit .343 with 22 RBIs, three homers and four doubles.

She also had a .475 slugging percentage with 14 runs scored, six interceptions and a .947 fielding percentage, committing just eight errors in 151 first base opportunities.

“Some of my favorite memories over the past four years were playing two-ball before every softball game and playing hide-and-seek in the car for volleyball team time,” Nieland said. “What I will miss most about competing as a Gael will be the bonds and friendships forged with my teammates.”

Along with being a four-sport athlete, Nieland has also been involved with Respect for Life, Play Like A Champion, student council, choir, and honor society.

She was also selected to the CYO Softball All-Tournament Team and received the E. Wayne Cooley You Can Award in Volleyball.

Nieland will attend Ellsworth in the fall and specialize in conservation technology.

Vacation spot: Montana

People I’d like to have dinner with: Great-Grandmother Della and Great-Grandmother Donna

It would surprise people that I: get up every day between 4 and 5 a.m.

My sports model:

Jocy Timmerman.

My daily role model: my mother.

I can’t spend a day without: going for a drive.

Nickname: Ali

Superstition: Wearing the same pair of batting gloves to every softball game since sophomore year.

Most heated rivalry:

Town of Webster.

Favorite road trip: going to the Black Hills.

What are you listening to right now? country.

Something I binge watch: Gilmore Girls.


Jump to song: Late July by Zach Bryan.

Team: Iowa Hawkeyes.

Class: iJag.

Book: Every Summer After.

Phone app: Snapchat.

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