O’Gorman junior Emma Ronsiek is a nominee for the Sanford Pentagon/KELOLAND Media Group Player of the Year award for a second straight season. Ronsiek surpassed one-thousand career points at the state “AA” tournament, and is already one of the Knights’ all-time great players.
Emma Ronsiek burst onto the local basketball scene as a freshman, and developed into a division one talent over the past two seasons. The O’Gorman standout averaged 15 points and eight rebounds per game during her junior campaign.
“To have the skill capacity that she has, to be able to pass the ball the way she does, to be able to dribble the way she does, to shoot it, those things don’t just happen. She spent hours and hours working on her craft,” O’Gorman head coach Kent Kolsrud said.
“When I was little I was always a post because I was always taller than everyone, and I didn’t want to do that, so I started to work on guard stuff with my dad and I kind of just developed,” O’Gorman junior Emma Ronsiek said.
After a frustrating loss in this year’s state quarterfinals, Ronsiek still sees room for improvement.
“I think I need to do better on keeping my composure when people are guarding me like that. Sometimes I get really frustrated and then I take it out on them or my teammates. I think I just need to have an even game and just no emotions,” Ronsiek said.
“A very, very good basketball player right now, but I know she would have aspirations as well just continuing to grow her overall game and be the best player she can possibly become,” Kolsrud said.
Ronsiek is only a junior, but has her future mapped out, as she committed to Creighton in late December.
“I kind of always knew in my heart that I wanted to go to Creighton. All the coaching staff there reminds me a lot of what we have here, just great people, good community, so in my heart I always knew I wanted to go there, but I just pulled the decision sooner,” Ronsiek said.
Ronsiek’s talents landed her at Creighton, and earned her a spot on our final five.
“I know I deserve it, I put in the work, and it’s just an honor,” Ronsiek said.
“Opportunity to be player of the year for the past two seasons and certainly really, really excited to have her back for her senior season and continue to grow and get better and help lead our basketball squad,” Kolsrud said.
Ronsiek is one of five female finalists for Player of the Year. The winner will be announced during the All-Star Banquet on Saturday, March 30th at the Sanford Pentagon. The five male nominees will be unveiled next week.