Athlete of the Week: Kyra Shlotzhauer

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(WSYR-TV) — Kyra Shlotzhauer is one of the area’s most dominant pitchers on the mound, and she’s this week’s NewsChannel 9 Athlete of the Week.

The last time we caught up with Kyra, she recorded her 11th strikeout to seal a 3-1 win over Waverly to send Oneida to its first-ever state semifinal game.

The senior has helped the team dominate with a team-first mentality, a mindset that coach Mike Curro says the entire team has embraced.

“I think the biggest thing is there’s no selfishness. There was a game where she gave up a one-hitter, I think I made a poor pitch call. And she really didn’t care, her response was let’s just win the game, coach. And it’s that type of attitude we’re seeing this year,” Curro said.

Kyra was in 8th grade on the last Indians Section-III champion team. She knows the journey to this point wasn’t easy, but when others achieve their goals, so does she.

“Seeing the progress and the growth from everyone and then seeing them succeed in the sectional championship game, that’s why I play this sport. That’s why I go and I do the things I do with younger children and teach them and do clinics for them. Its to see people succeed and see them grow,” she said.

That’s why she wants to be a guidance counselor after college. Before that, she’ll head off to Herkimer Community College to continue her softball career.

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The Byrne Dairy and Deli NewsChannel 9 Athlete of the Week is designed to honor Section III varsity members who embody the true meaning of student-athlete.

The award recognizes more than just athletic ability, it recognizes a student-athlete who thrives in the classroom, on the athletic field and in the community.

Athletes can be nominated by a coach, athletic director or teacher. Please send your nominations to Sports@LocalSYR.com.

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