HS Athlete of the Week - Baylee Kram
On the back end of a six-game winning streak, Baylee Kram, a senior goaltender for the Dickinson High girls hockey team, earned her fourth shutout of the 2018-19 campaign with a 3-0 victory at Jamestown on Friday, Feb. 8. Collecting 18 saves betw...
On the back end of a six-game winning streak, Baylee Kram, a senior goaltender for the Dickinson High girls hockey team, earned her fourth shutout of the 2018-19 campaign with a 3-0 victory at Jamestown on Friday, Feb. 8. Collecting 18 saves between the pipes, Kram helped the Midgets clinch a spot in the state tournament for the second consecutive season. One day later, during 5-2 lost at home to Fargo Davies, Kram stopped 38 shots, which ties for the second-most saves she's made in a single game this year.
DP: How does it feel to qualify for state for the second straight season?
BK: "It's pretty cool. It's always been our goal to make it to state. I really wanted to do it all four years, but I think two is better than none or just one. My older brother was on the first boys team to make it two consecutive years, so if he would've done it and I didn't, it would've sucked and he would've rubbed it in my face a lot."
DP: What are your goals for the rest of the season?
BK: "My goals for the rest of the season include making the personal achievements of just increasing my save percentage, as always, just doing the best that I can do personally and doing what I can for the team, focusing on what I can control cause regardless of what the score says, I can't always do anything about it. To just perform the best I possibly can, I thought I played some of my best games at state last season, so to repeat that style of performance is something I really hope to achieve."
DP: When did you start playing hockey and what is your favorite thing about it?
BK: "I started playing hockey I think when I was four or five (years old). I started skating when I was three. My brother played, so I was always at his games and everything, so I was like, 'I want to do that too.' Being on the ice is a great experience and the game is just so fun and exciting. It moves so quickly, there's just so much to focus on. I've always really appreciated things that challenge me, and I think being a goalie is something that really challenges my skill sets, with having to focus on different things.And I love catching things, so it's kind of weird that I don't play baseball or softball or something. That's something a little bit different about trying to catch something that's intended for you not to catch it, whereas in baseball it's more (that) you are suppose to catch it. Playing goalie is just something that requires a lot of someone to do, and I always took that as a personal goal to do what seems like what I shouldn't be able to do. I've just stuck with that and it's so much fun to get better everyday and do what I couldn't before."
DP: Who is your funniest teammate?
BK: "That's hard, we have so many people on our team. I think my funniest teammate is probably Maddy Hanson, she makes a lot of pretty funny jokes. A few of us sit in a circle on the bus and it's usually Jenna Moormann, we call her 'Spitsy' because she has a weird addiction to sunflower seeds. And she'll eat them until her mouth hurts. So we call her 'Spits' and she always has a weird story for everything. I was talking about how my dog likes to eat napkins and she told us her mom's friend had a son who would only eat party napkins. Where does that come from? I don't know."
DP: Who was your favorite athlete growing up?
BK: "It's kind of cheesy and it's not a celebrity, but it's probably my brother. I always thought he was really athletic and I always got to go to all his practices, cause they only had one goalie on his team. So, he'd always shoot on me and we always went to his tournaments, even in the summer and everything. He was really, really good at pretty much everything he did, because he's such a fast runner. He was a state champion like eight times in track for different events, and I always thought he was a great hockey player. Playing with him, I always appreciated his company. As far as goalies in the NHL, I really liked Jonathan Quick."
DP: If there is one thing that you could eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
BK: "I think the one thing that I would eat for the rest of my life would be chicken fried rice from Upin Thai. I use to go there all the time when I was a sophomore because I had a job coaching. It was the first time I had money to spend, so I went there like every other weekend."
DP: What is the best tv show or movie that you've watched recently?
BK: "Hulu has a Canadian show called Letterkenny and that's pretty funny. They don't have all the seasons on there yet, but it's a like Canadian-sitcom-thing with farmers. And I really appreciate the Canadian slang because it's just so ... it sounds like you would hear it here, but you don't. It's just weird phrases and things."
DP: Who is your celebrity crush?
BK: "My celebrity crush is probably Luke Hemmings from 5 Seconds of Summer. It's a band, they just released their third album this year."
DP: Either/or: Snapchat or Instagram?
BK: "I think if I had to pick between Snapchat and Instagram, I'd pick Instagram, because that's where I get most of my hockey updates and there's a lot of hockey memes on there that I like, like goalie ones, they're pretty funny."
DP: Country Music or Hip Hop?
BK: "Probably hip hop, I'm not a big country fan. I know my mom would probably be mad if I said that because she's pretty big into country music, but probably hip hop; it's on all of my pregame playlists."
DP: When eating a meal, what is most satisfying: the first bite or last bite?
BK: "I don't know. I think probably the first bite would be the most satisfying than the last just because if you are really, really hungry, and you haven't eaten in a while, that's probably better cause you probably over-ate if you were really hungry and then it's kind of hard to finish."
DP: Are you a good dancer or a bad dancer?
BK: "I'm probably a bad dancer. I don't really know a lot about dancing. I'm always scared to do things because of my knees, I'm worried that they are going to dislocate or something, and that would kind of suck to ruin that."
DP: Hockey or any other sport?
BK: "Oh that's nice, I would pick hockey over anything else. Hockey is like my favorite thing to do. I use to have two or three practices a day when I was younger because I just wanted to be there. My brother had practices or the club had practices that I could go to, so I would just go to those. When I was younger, I would just go to open skate or the outdoor rink. I think one time was I was six or something, I spent six hours one day on the ice."
DP: What is your first sports memory?
BK: "My first memory from hockey is probably pushing around the chairs on the ice in Minis, and falling, and being really cold from all the snow from falling so much, and not being able to reach the chair."
DP: Who is your biggest inspiration to succeed?
BK: "My biggest inspiration to succeed is probably my parents. They've just allocated a lot of time and resources and effort into me being the best I can be: whether that'd be spending countless hours here watching me practice, or looking for different camps that I can go to and financing me, going across the state or going to Minnesota to play. I played summer hockey for two years and that's not cheap. Going to different camps, (doing that) for my brother too. He's gone to Canada for things, and paying for the gear; the gear is not cheap, especially for the goalies. They just always had an encouraging word and a piece of advice, always pointing out things I could be doing better. Coming from your parents, you usually get that from a coach, but to have the extra set of eyes to point out things you could be doing better or maybe things that you are down about that weren't really your fault, they have an outside perspective, and they give you advice on things you could be doing off the ice. All that is really helpful moving forward and they've always supported the things I've done, not in hockey too; my academics and doing things I've really wanted to do, and not pushing me to do things I really don't want to do. (They're) just always supporting my choices. They've put a lot of stuff into hockey, but if I decided to I wanted to quit hockey tomorrow, they would support me fully."