For three years now, Katie Sommer has served as the starting point guard for the Wartburg women’s basketball team and has helped the team reach unprecedented levels of success.
The team has made back to back appearances in the NCAA Tournament and even reached the program’s first Final Four in 2016.
Now a senior, Sommer was recently named a d3hoops First Team All-American and was a Second Team selection at the end of last year. She said this is a great honor and very humbling, but her focus is on the team.
“I’m more excited about this team and the opportunity we have to win a national championship and bring that title back to Waverly, Iowa,” Sommer said.
Sommer is also the reigning Iowa Conference MVP and has been named All-Region each of the past two seasons.
In recent years, Sommer said she has attempted to take on more a leadership role and pass on what she has learned to the younger players.
Alecia Kimball is one of these players and she said Sommer leads by example.
“Katie’s a great leader for this team, she is always encouraging, she is always working her hardest. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her not work hard or do her best because that what she needs to do to make our team better. She’s everything to this team,” Kimball said.
Alli Bailey echoed Kimball’s statement and said Sommer is the type of player that talks to teammates to make sure things are getting accomplished and players are giving it everything they have.
Off the court, the Linn-Mar High School alum is a student teacher at Cedar Heights Elementary, enjoys traveling, having lived in both Nashville and Denver in the past year, and was also a part of the Wartburg softball team for three seasons. She was a First Team All-Conference selection in softball as a freshman.
She was also a member of the Division III USA Select Team this past summer and represented the United States while playing several games in Brazil.
Head coach Bob Amsberry is very close with Sommer and is proud of how she has grown during her time in the program.
“I’m just really proud of who she has become more as a person than as a basketball player,” Amsberry said. “In a lot of ways, I look at her as another daughter. She’s someone I really care about and I know she really cares about me and we’re in this thing together.”
After she graduates in May, Sommer does not know what her next step is, but was recently accepted into the Master’s Program of Project Management at the University of Denver and is very happy about it.
“I was so excited to tell my mom and she was so proud of me because of all the hard work I put in, it’s a process. I’m very excited to see what my future holds,” Sommer said.
She also wants to be a coach and lead another generation of athletes, just like others did for her growing up.
“I had a lot of coaches and teachers that I looked up to that really gt me to where I am today. So, I want to be able to give back and be that next little girl’s inspiration,” Sommer said.
The first game of the regular season for Sommer and the Knights will be on Nov. 21 when Iowa Wesleyan comes to Levick Arena.