It doesn't matter if Kayla Blas is wearing cleats or skates. Give her a stick and a goal, and the Sacred Heart senior has an innate ability to find the back of the net.
Competing on the combined Monsignor Martin girls hockey team, Blas scored five goals and had a pair of assists in three games last week, helping the team beat Kenmore/Grand Island, 7-2, and West Seneca/Hamburg/Eden, 3-0, and tie Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park, 3-3. Blas had all three goals for MMHSAA in the tie against defending-champ FLOP.
Blas is also a standout on the field hockey and lacrosse teams, but she's being recognized as our Prep Talk Female Athlete of the Week for her skills on the ice.
Coach Chris Malicki on Blas: "From the very first tryout/practice since I took over the Monsignor Martin girls hockey team, Kayla Blas stood out as the team leader. She was unanimously voted team captain by both players and coaches. Kayla is always first in drills showing younger underclassman the way and encouraging everyone at all times. She has been the catalyst in centering our top line this year – presently our leading scorer – and her selfless efforts have been leading our team to early season success. Kayla is a honor student, multi-sport athlete but most importantly a really good person and teammate. I only wished I could have coached for four years! These qualities are what make her deserving of this great honor."
How has your season gone so far?: As a team we are 7-1-1-1 as of Monday. So far I have tallied 18 points; 10 goals, eight assists, four game-winning goals and two power-play goals, averaging 1.80 points per game.
Highlight of athletic career so far: This year I was able to compete with some of the best field hockey players around the nation, and I am very excited to be a part of the USA U19 Junior National Team for field hockey. It is an honor to play at that level, and I can’t wait to compete with the best athletes around the country and the world. As well as signing to play collegiate field hockey at Northwestern University.
Favorite thing about my sport: I love being able to compete and play no matter being on the ice or on a field. My teammates for Monsignor Martin are amazing, and I love playing with every one of them.
Favorite teammate: My linemates Izzy Friedman and Emily Matthew are two incredible people to play with. We celebrate each other's success and at the end of the day we just want to put the puck in the net and help our team succeed.
Toughest opponent: This year the league is the most competitive that I’ve played in over the four years. If I had to choose I would say FLOP is a tough team to beat because they have speed and there are no weaknesses within the offense or defense.
WNY Athlete I looked up to: Amelia Gajewski because she was someone who always brought positivity and leadership to the team when no one thought she could. Freshman year I played three varsity sports with her: field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse. No matter what the score was she challenged us to be the best athlete and person that we could be. She also taught me a lot about juggling the stress of school while still competing on three varsity sports.
Pro/college athlete I admire now: Taylor West is a member of the US Women’s National Field Hockey Team, and she also helps coach my club field hockey team Oranje out of Delaware. She is passionate about everything that she does, and she inspires me to dream more, do more, become more and want more.
Favorite school subjects: Calculus and physics.
What’s ahead (athletics and/or academics): This fall I signed to play field hockey at Northwestern University, majoring in engineering.