Marian Catholic’s Anna Kleszynski gets it. ‘I only play one way,’ she says. Hillcrest sees exactly how in a Class 3A sectional semifinal.

Marian Catholic's Anna Kleszynski (14) makes a pass against Hillcrest during a Class 3A Kankakee Sectional semifinal on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022.
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Marian Catholic was hoping to run a light practice Monday. The Spartans were preparing for another playoff game and didn’t want anyone going too hard before such an important night.

Yet, senior Anna Kleszynski still spent the session diving after loose balls. She’s a player who’s always going at full speed, no matter the occasion.

“I only play one way,” Kleszynski said. “When I don’t play that way, I get upset. That’s just all I know.

“I want to win so bad that, even if we’re up, I’m going to work hard to do whatever I can to get the win.”

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Casey Drottar is a Freelance Sports Reporter for The Associated Press, the Chicago Tribune and Shaw Media. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook


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