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Ann Rysavy

Posted at: 01/22/2014 10:36 PM



(ABC 6 NEWS) -- "Even with the things we went through when I was younger, no matter what, I still had dreams we were going to be on top," Ann Rysavy said.

Five years ago, Lyle/Pacelli lost all 22 games when Ann Rysavy was a seventh grader.

Fast forward to this season, and Rysavy's Athletics are unbeaten at 11-0.

"She certainly is the catalyst to the fact that we've turned it around," Athletics head coach Justin Morris said. "We've got a lot of very talented kids, but she's one that pushes everyone on a day-to-day basis."

"The team that I was brought up on, even though we lost by 40 sometimes, they still played their heart out," Rysavy said. "I looked up to them, and I want other girls to look up to me. No matter what obstacles we go through, I'm still playing my hardest."

"I was always excited to come play with her," L/P eighth grader Brooke Walter said. "She always gives 110 percent all the time, and she's a great player."

Two Thursdays ago, Rysavy broke L/P's all-time scoring record, formerly held by Jennifer Blaser.

"I had no idea. I didn't know I was close. I don't keep track of that. It was seriously the biggest surprise I've had," Rysavy said.

Rysavy told me she's cherishing this so-far perfect senior season, and wants to keep the expectations high.

"I know these girls think 'It's just another game,' but to me, I've only got a few of these left," Rysavy said.

"We try not to think about life without Ann Rysavy quite yet, but we think we're going to have a successful program long after her, because of the things she's done in her time here," Morris said.