Alyssa Wolfe has had a busy summer. Fresh off a city championship with the Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs of Calgary, and invites to both the Nike All-Canada Camp as well the Adidas Best in the West Supercamp, the 5-10 guard is going into grade 11 as a pretty confident young woman. “With seven returning players from last year’s team, we plan on defending our city championship and challenging for a provincial title. Even though we were huge underdogs last year, we pulled it out by keeping a positive attitude and believing in ourselves”, said Alyssa. If you’re wondering if this sounds a little mature for someone going into grade 11, it doesn’t end there.
While in grade 10 last year, this student-athlete joined the senior team and became 1 of 4 athletes in the past 10 years that has been allowed to play in a higher division by the Calgary High School Athletics Association (CHSAA). “It took a little while to adjust, I didn’t want to step on any toes. My coach gave me the green light but I focused on fitting in at first. I just let my game do the talking… I knew that I belonged,” explains Wolfe.
Alyssa averages 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists while coming off the bench and playing starter-like minutes. And when the game is on the line, Alyssa transforms into a ‘silent killer’ and completely takes over. Her back-to-back triple doubles en route to the CHSAA championship game, and a late three point barrage to seal one of the biggest upsets in 4A girls history versus powerhouse EP Scarlett in the semi-final game, solidifies the fact that this young woman can handle the rock under pressure.
“I’m just willing to do what the team needs. I can shoot, post up, defend and pass, but I think my intensity and will to win is what sets me apart,” notes Alyssa. As far as future plans go ‘the silent killer’ is keeping her options open, but would love to stay in Canada. She hasn’t heard much noise yet mainly because of her age, but come January she’ll have her share of phone calls to answer to. In the meantime, opponents beware, Alyssa Wolfe is on the prowl. After a summer of improving her handle and her one-on-one game, it will be downright scary for coaches to match-up with her. Oh, and by the way, the 16-year old says she’s now ready to assert herself.