PREP SPORTS: Buelow named Baraboo’s Outstanding Senior Female Athlete | Baraboo | #sports | #elderly | #seniors
One of Buelow’s earliest high school sports memories came during her first Badger North Conference volleyball match. The Thunderbirds suffered a 3-0 loss at Mount Horeb on Aug. 30, 2018, but Buelow came away feeling more comfortable with her role on a veteran team. The T-Birds went on to go 24-12 that season, tying Mount Horeb for third in the Badger North.
“Having been my first year on the varsity volleyball team and being the starting setter amongst a group of almost all seniors, I was quite intimidated,” Buelow said of the Mount Horeb match. “I really let my nerves get to me and I had a poor performance, resulting in Coach (Morgan) Liebetrau to continually correct my errors. It was that moment when I continued to mess up that she called a timeout and pulled me aside.
“Instead of being yelled at, she looked at me and told me that she believed in me. She continued to tell me that I was on this team for a reason and to go out there and be a leader even though I was young. She knew I had it in me. I really took this talk to heart and went into the game knowing I did have the skill and am so dearly supported by everyone around me, including my coach, who I really looked up to. To this day, I can say I went into each volleyball season knowing I could do it and was always reminded to be the best leader and setter I could be — all from a simple conversation sophomore year.”
Buelow’s senior athlete award comes at the conclusion of a tumultuous year-plus. The COVID-19 pandemic canceled her junior track season, eliminated volleyball crowds, changed the format of education, reduced social opportunities and shortened her senior track schedule. However, Buelow will walk off the track for the final time feeling thankful for the opportunities she received.