Taylynn taking her game to Canada
June 15, 2017
Taylynn Kizer enjoyed success as an athlete during her freshman year at Douglas High School in 2016-17, both as a varsity basketball player and junior varsity softball player.
Her summer schedule hasn't slowed down any, either, as she is set to pursue both sports over the next five weeks, including the inaugural Native American High School Basketball All-Star Showcase Tuesday in Reno.
The basketball all-star showcase will feature girls and boys games at the Reno-Sparks Colony Gym. The girls game starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys contest at 7. Douglas High coach Corey Thacker will be coaching in the boys game.
Kizer, a 5-foot-6 shooting guard, earned second-team all-Sierra League recognition and helped the Douglas Tigers advance to the Northern 4A Region Tournament this season.
Looking ahead, she will shift over to softball and travel to Canada to play in the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) softball tournament July 17-21 at Turner Park, located in the Greater Toronto Area. Carson High sophomore Jailene Salciedo and freshman Alexandria Salciedo are joining Kizer to play for a Southern California-based 16U team.
Kizer, a utility player who can pitch, catch or fill in at infield or outfield positions, was part of the Tigers' JV team that ended its season with a 28-2-1 overall record (20-1-1 league).
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This promises to be a good experience, according to Nate Dondero, Douglas JV softball coach and Taylynn's father.
"She's very excited," Dondero said. "This is a great opportunity for all three of these girls to be able to play in an international tournament against teams from all over the United States and Canada. It's huge."
This comes as no surprise since she is a third generation Douglas County athlete. Her grandfather, Junior Kizer, set a single-season rushing record for Douglas High's football program in 1978 and also played for the Tigers' AA state championship basketball team in 1979; her mother, Tracy, played basketball for Douglas; and her aunts, Tomasa and Brooke Kizer (along with Junior Kizer), are Douglas Basketball Hall of Fame inductees.
Dondero is still active as a softball pitcher and helped the Roseville Eagles (Calif.) win the Native American Fastpitch Association World Series championship in 2014.