Baylee Blackmore enjoys many of the simple things in life: family, friends, food and her favorite sport—basketball. A Bonners Ferry High School senior, Baylee is in the midst of her final season for the Badgers. She’s accomplished a lot during her playing career including being named to the IML team and honored as an Idaho Top Scholar during her junior year.
Baylee isn’t the tallest competitor on the floor, and although she admits that has created some challenges for her, she’s learned a valuable lesson about overcoming adversity. “A life lesson I learned from being involved in sports is that you’re not always going to be the best, so all you can do is work hard and try your best,” she said.
While she’s suited up for many games, some of her favorite memories are hitting half-court shots, seeing her team reach the state tournament and the downtime just hanging out with her teammates. For Baylee, the game of basketball provides a thrill like no other form of competition.
“I enjoy playing basketball for the adrenaline rush after the tip, the fast pace of the games and the teamwork,” she said.
As Baylee begins to plan her future post high school, she envisions herself attending BYU - Idaho to get her associates degree in biology. She won’t be competing at the collegiate level in basketball but still hopes to find intramural sports so she can keep playing the game she loves.
Once she’s earned her degree, Baylee will be looking for a school that has a sonography and radiology program so she can continue her interest in science at a higher level.