Passionate for 5 Sports, Superior's Wilson Commits to the Pitch |

Passionate for 5 Sports, Superior's Wilson Commits to the Pitch

Alicia Tipcke
Created: June 28, 2020 11:11 PM

Before Niya Wilson made her way onto the Superior girls basketball team, she was in the stands.

She watched future coach Hailey Konty and professional basketball player Jessica Lindstrom lead the Spartans to the girls state basketball tournament in 2014. Departing Superior High School with 10 varsity letters, Wilson said Konty and Lindstrom's success inspired her to shoot for greatness.
"Watching [them] I just thought I want to be just like that, I want kids to be able to look up to me, so that was a big motivator," said Niya Wilson, a 2020 Superior High School graduate.  

That motivation empowered Wilson to push herself in all of her activities. During her high school career she played basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, and softball, earning athletic letters in each sport.

This last spring she was honored for her dedication by being named a WIAA Scholar Athlete, like Lindstrom, and the Spartan Female Athlete of the Year.

"That was very special to me because I worked so hard being an athlete at Superior. I tried many different sports, five of them actually, which was super fun for me," Wilson said. "I got to meet new people, make new experiences, and to be given that award was very humbling."

The accolade was fitting for the Superior basketball and golf captain, three time All-Conference honoree in basketball, and soccer Rookie of the Year. 

"Soccer has always been my favorite sport ever since I could remember. I just remember it's the first sport I ever played from YMCA league to rec."

As a sophomore Wilson transitioned from high school to club soccer with the Gitchi Gummi Soccer Club in Duluth. Sticking to the pitch, Wilson committed to play collegiate soccer at UW-Superior.

Amid this pandemic she hopes to begin individual practices later this summer, "there'll be a couple weeks of that and then we'll move on to small groups." 

Wilson said the practices may look like, "five to 10 people. Then eventually, after a few weeks of that, [we'll] move on to full group practices and then we can start games September 1st."

The 2020 Superior graduate also took on responsibilities off the field as a student councilor, nationals bound DECA president, and youth leader.

Throughout all of her activities, one memory swam to the surface as a favorite.

"[In] basketball this year we got a team fish and we carried him along to every game. His name was Little Swimmy Sparty, so that's a memory I'll never forget," shared Wilson.


Alicia Tipcke

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