York College women’s basketball junior Morgan Kuehne has a passion for many things, including basketball, adventure, friendship and teaching.
Those around the York campus can find her relaxing near the fountain, hanging with her teammates and friends and following her favorite Baltimore sports teams.
Kuehne and the Spartans will be the No. 4 seed in the Capital Athletic Conference playoffs, which start Tuesday night, when York will play host to No. 5 seed Frostburg State with a 6 p.m. tip-off. The Spartans enter at 17-8 overall and 11-7 in the CAC. Frostburg is 12-13 and 10-8. York swept Frostburg in two games during the regular season.
The 5-foot, 10-inch Kuehne is York's leading scorer at 11.9 points per game.
Here's the latest edition of Sports Q&A with the Red Lion High School graduate.
Q: Briefly, what is your background in the sport you play?
A: I began playing basketball in third grade, along with three other sports. It wasn’t until middle school where I began focusing my energy all toward this single sport. I always knew I wanted to play basketball at a collegiate level and half way through my senior year at Red Lion High School, I found my perfect fit. I began playing for York College women’s basketball team in fall 2014.
Q: What is your major in college, and what is the most important thing you learned in that discipline?
A: I am a dual major in middle school math and special education. I also have a minor in athletic coaching. The most important thing I learned in my three years as a middle school and special ed math major is the passion you need. A teacher is only as good as the passion they bring to their students. It is a profession that is much more than just knowledge and teaching. It’s about the your connection with the students and your desire to find each student’s maximum potential.
Q: What is your favorite spot on campus?
A: My favorite spot at York College is the fountain on main campus. It is a beautiful area with tables around that you can do homework on, sit with friends or just relax. The fountain is considered the center of campus and a very monumental area for the college.
Q: Outside of your home and campus, where is your favorite place visit?
A: My favorite place to visit is anywhere near water. I love being on the beach, going out on our boat, tubing and water skiing, tanning by the water and swimming. These things are the parts of life that let me escape from reality. It is relaxing to me and brings me so much joy.
Q: Other than your team, what organization(s) do you participate in (on campus or off campus)?
A: I am apart of SEA, which is the Student Education Association on campus. I also work at a preschool/daycare during the months I am not in season.
Q: Briefly describe the most memorable experience during your collegiate athletic career.
A: The most memorable experience during my collegiate career has been meeting 13 of my best friends. It is an honor to be able to play the sport I love alongside my amazing teammates. Having such a close-knit team has made this experience better than I could have ever imagined. Good days or bad days, win or lose, we still have each other and that is a bond that will carry through a lifetime.
Q: Other than your family members, who was the most influential person in your life?
A: The most influential person in my life while growing up has been my best friend, Ali Posey (who is also a Red Lion grad and a standout field hockey player for Spartans). She has been by my side since kindergarten all the way until now, as we’re living together in our junior year of college. She’s taught me never to sweat the small stuff and how to appreciate the little things in life, such as the outdoors and adventure.
Q: What is your favorite form of entertainment?
A: My favorite form of entertainment is adventure. I love to hike, fish, go out on the boat, camp and any other activities that can be done outside. I enjoy the little things in life that can be shared with your close friends and family.
Q: If you could give one piece of advice to elementary school children, what would that advice be?
A: I think a simple yet important piece of advice would be to always be a good friend. Build others up, encourage others, have a good attitude and be honest. If you treat others with these attributes, you will find people that are going to do the same for you. That is when you will truly be happy.
Q: Outside of the CAC, who or what is your favorite sports person or team?
A: I grew up in a family of Baltimore sport fans, in particular the Ravens and Orioles. I have grown to be fans of these sports team as well and love to attend their games and watch on TV.
Q: Name three people, real or fictional, living or dead, that you'd like to have dinner with?
A: Jesus: To be able to simply talk about life with him and to ask him for advice.
Kenny Chesney: He has been my favorite music artist since I was 7. The lyrics to his songs are so meaningful to me and have been for as long back as I can remember. When I think of the music I grew up on, he is the first person to come to mind. I would love to get to know him as a person through dinner.
Steph Curry: I would love to talk with him about his life as a professional basketball player and what his work ethic looks like. Also, I would ask for any advice he has for a college athlete.
Information for this story was provided by the Capital Athletic Conference.