Everett High’s Kate Poland is one of the best returning players in Wesco 3A and is involved in many school activities off the court, including spearheading her school’s annual food drive. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Everett High’s Kate Poland is one of the best returning players in Wesco 3A and is involved in many school activities off the court, including spearheading her school’s annual food drive. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Five things to know about Everett’s Kate Pohland

The Seagulls senior basketball player excels on and off the court.

Everett High School girls basketball coach Luther Weathersby said he believes the Seagulls are about to enter an era of prosperity after years of struggles. If Weathersby is eventually proven correct, he’ll fondly remember senior Kate Pohland as the catalyst of the program’s transformation.

“We’re going to be better this year, and our future is bright — we have a strong feeder program,” Weathersby said. “Kate represents the start of that brighter future. She’s leading the way for our future success. She works harder than anybody and also excels in the classroom. I can point to her and say, ‘You can be a great student and still be a good athlete.’ She’s a special kid.”

Here are five things to know about Pohland:

1. On the court, she’s a double-double machine. Last year she averaged 16 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. “I’ve become a more confident player because I’m more willing to take risks,” she said. “In terms of ball-handling, taking the ball up the court, playing multiple positions, I definitely have become more of a versatile player in the last couple of years.”

2. She’s involved in a variety of school activities, including leadership and student government. This month Pohland served as the chairperson of Everett High School’s annual food drive, which provides meals for local families in need. The drive, coordinated by the school’s leadership class in partnership with Volunteers of America, raised more than $21,000 and provided food baskets, gift cards and additional pantry items to 142 families.

“We deliver the food personally instead of going through a food bank,” Pohland said. “It’s heartwarming. Kids are hugging you and their parents are crying. It’s an amazing, rewarding experience. It humbles you, and makes you think about how lucky you are.”

3. She loves to read and write. “My favorite class right now is advanced placement literature,” she said. “I’m actually not super picky about what I read. I’ll pretty much read anything. I really love writing essays and exploring different avenues of writing styles, especially when my teacher lets me play and have freedom with my writing. But I also really love journaling in my down time, mostly about things that are going on in my life. I’d like to major in English in college, it’s a passion of mine, and I don’t want to give it up.”

4. She’s strongly considering an offer to attend George Fox University. “They want me to play basketball there, so I think that’s the path I’ll take,” she said. “It’s an awesome school because it gives (student-athletes) a balance between school and sports and allows (them) to do extracurricular activities. It wants me to succeed in all areas of my life.”

5. She’s thought about taking over the family business one day. Her mother, Holly Burkett-Pohland, is the owner of Burkett’s, a women’s clothing store in downtown Everett.

“My grandmother opened the store when my mom was 12,” Pohland said. “It has a mix of casual and dress (clothes). I come in to help out when I’m available, and I love being there. It’s a cool place to be because of the (welcoming) environment. My mom develops personal relationships with customers. That’s special because a lot of the big department stores don’t have that personal connection anymore.”

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