Q&A with Cora Schissler of Platte Valley – Greeley Tribune, the Greeley Tribune’s Girls High School Athlete of the Year

The more time you spend watching Cora Schissler, a recent Platte Valley graduate, on the basketball court, the more obvious it becomes that she’s a coach’s daughter.

Throughout the Broncos’ many lopsided victories en route to a 26-0 campaign and their second consecutive Class 3A girls basketball state title last winter, Schissler remained steadfast in her desire to include her teammates, unaware of when Platte Valley would take one could need a full eight or nine players lined up to defend their championship.

But during those tense moments — especially deep in the postseason when a bad stretch could spell the end of the Broncos’ quest to become the first back-to-back champion in program history — Schissler knew when to call her own number . And she was ready to turn the team on her back, put her head down and attack the basket, despite not being the tallest or most physically imposing player on the pitch.

Schissler averaged a team-high 15.8 points, 2.7 steals, 2.3 assists, and 3 rebounds per game.

And, most importantly, she was able to defend the Platte Valley girls’ basketball title alongside a team she adores, including her sister, would-be senior Andi Schissler, and her childhood friends, fellow grads Brooke Bunting and Cassie Ridings and the senior-to-be Bree Bunting.

DENVER, CO - MARCH 11: Platte Valley's Cora Schissler (2) drives towards the basket while Grand Valley's Katie Ray (22) drives during the Platte Valley Broncos 3A basketball semifinal game against the Grand Valley Cardinals at Hamilton Gym at University of Denver defends in Denver, March 11, 2022. The Platte Valley Broncos defeated the Grand Valley Cardinals 52-33 and will play the University Bulldogs in Saturday's state championship game. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)
DENVER, CO – MARCH 11: Platte Valley’s Cora Schissler (2) drives towards the basket while Grand Valley’s Katie Ray (22) tackles during the Platte Valley Broncos 3A basketball semifinal game against the Grand Valley Cardinals at Hamilton Gym of the University of Denver defended in Denver, March 11, 2022. (Greeley Tribune file photo)

She also shared an incredible run on the volleyball court with many of those teammates that fall en route to being recognized as the Greeley Tribune’s Sportsperson of the Year.

The Broncos went 21-10 and were just a few points away from making the 3A State Volleyball Finals when Schissler hit a team-high 413 digs to go as the team’s scoop last season with 42 aces and 18 assists.

Schissler capped her outstanding senior year and high school athletic career by qualifying for the 3A State Championships in Athletics High Jump.

In a few weeks, Schissler will be packing her bags for the south state, where she will study elementary education and play women’s basketball with CSU Pueblo.

But first, the Greeley Tribune caught up with Schissler to talk about her senior season and prep career.

KERSEY, CO - JUNE 15: Platte Valley's Cora Schissler attacks for a portrait in the gym at Platte Valley High School in Kersey on June 15, 2022. Schissler is the Greeley Tribune's Girls Athlete of the Year for 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Photographer)
KERSEY, CO – JUNE 15: Platte Valley’s Cora Schissler attacks for a portrait at the gym at Platte Valley High School on June 15, 2022 in Kersey. Schissler is the Greeley Tribune’s 2022 Girl Athlete of the Year. (Alex McIntyre/Photographer)

Q: (Fernandez) You couldn’t have asked for a better way to end your high school basketball career than by winning your second state title. But was this state title different than a year ago?

A: (Schissler) It was just different because the season wasn’t affected that much by COVID and we had a lot more fans there. So it felt different. It was definitely cool to win back to back.

Q: How cool was it for your senior year to do something the program has never done before by winning two straight titles? How big was the goal for you and the rest of these girls to get the most out of your senior season in order to defend that state title?

A: Ever since we were little, our goal has been to win a state championship. We’ve dreamed of it since elementary school. So it’s really cool to win back-to-back titles. And winning this year really proved that it was no coincidence that we won last year. It was important that we won the championship again.

KERSEY, CO - JUNE 15:Cora Schissler of Platte Valley poses for a portrait in the gym at Platte Valley High School in Kersey on June 15, 2022. Schissler is the Greeley Tribune's Girls Athlete of the Year for 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Photographer )
KERSEY, CO – JUNE 15: Platte Valley’s Cora Schissler poses for a portrait in the gym at Platte Valley High School in Kersey on June 15, 2022. Schissler is the Greeley Tribune’s 2022 Girls’ Athlete of the Year. (Alex McIntyre/Photographer)

Q: Looking at your other two sports, what were your favorite moments from those seasons? Starting with volleyball: You obviously had a great run at the state tournament, you were so close to reaching the final. Did you have a favorite moment from the fall volleyball season?

A: I think just the entire state tournament; We really grew together as a team and I will always cherish this volleyball team. With all the freshmen, we have become really good friends with everyone. And they came in and worked hard. So it was a lot of fun.

Q: What about track season? Was there a highlight or a top moment from the track season last spring?

A: I kind of tracked just to do it. But I did it in the high jump, which was probably my best part of the season. It was cool.

KERSEY, CO - JUNE 15:Cora Schissler of Platte Valley poses for a portrait in the gym at Platte Valley High School in Kersey on June 15, 2022. Schissler is the Greeley Tribune's Girls Athlete of the Year for 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Photographer )
KERSEY, CO – JUNE 15: Platte Valley’s Cora Schissler poses for a portrait in the gym at Platte Valley High School in Kersey on June 15, 2022. Schissler is the Greeley Tribune’s 2022 Girls’ Athlete of the Year. (Alex McIntyre/Photographer)

Q: How old were you when you started exercising?

A: I’ve been playing since I can remember.

Q: Do you remember what attracted you to athletics when you first started out?

A: Our parents introduced us to recreational sports from a young age and we loved it. And then we’ve also played with the Buntings since we were little – and Cassie (Ridings, another teammate). So having her there helped a lot.

Q: Is it safe to say that your favorite sport then and now has always been basketball?

KERSEY, CO - JUNE 15: Platte Valley's Cora Schissler blocks for a portrait in the gym at Platte Valley High School in Kersey on June 15, 2022. Schissler is the Greeley Tribune's Girls Athlete of the Year for 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Photographer )
KERSEY, CO – JUNE 15: Platte Valley’s Cora Schissler blocks for a portrait in the gym at Platte Valley High School in Kersey on June 15, 2022. Schissler is the Greeley Tribune’s 2022 Girls’ Athlete of the Year. (Alex McIntyre/Photographer)

A: In middle school it was basketball and volleyball, I couldn’t really decide. And then by the time I got into high school, it was definitely basketball. Then, in my senior year, I actually got to play volleyball sweeper instead of seeding. So I wavered between the two sports. It was a tough decision in college about where to go and what to play, but ultimately I chose basketball.

Q: What do you particularly like about the two sports volleyball and basketball?

A: I think this year in volleyball it was the team. I just really enjoyed everyone on the team and it was a lot of fun. So, I think that made it better. And then for basketball, I’ve just always loved it.

Q: How much will you miss donning those Platte Valley colors?

A: Oh, I will definitely miss it.

KERSEY, CO - JUNE 15:Cora Schissler of Platte Valley poses for a portrait in the gym at Platte Valley High School in Kersey on June 15, 2022. Schissler is the Greeley Tribune's Girls Athlete of the Year for 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Photographer )
KERSEY, CO – JUNE 15: Platte Valley’s Cora Schissler poses for a portrait in the gym at Platte Valley High School in Kersey on June 15, 2022. Schissler is the Greeley Tribune’s 2022 Girls’ Athlete of the Year. (Alex McIntyre/Photographer)

Q: At the same time, how excited are you for the next chapter of going to CSU Pueblo to play women’s basketball and study elementary education?

A: I’m excited. It will be different. But I think it will be fine. I’m just going to have fun and I’m really looking forward to being a teacher.

Getting to know Cora Schissler

  • Favorite color: blue
  • Favorite food: Noodles
  • Favorite Movie or TV Series: Outer Banks or Stranger Things
  • Favorite school subject: sports
  • Dream job: elementary school teacher
  • A person to spend a day with: Any NBA or WNBA player

Bobby Fernandez covers high school sports for the Greeley Tribune. You can reach him at (970) 392-4478, email bfernandez@greeleytribune.com, or follow him on Twitter @BobbyDFernandez.

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