Alex Krupp is a spark. Actually Champlain Valley Union (CVU) head girls basketball coach Ute Otley calls Alex the team’s energizer or spark. “Alex’s speed and defensive intensity usually cranks up the level of her play and that of her teammates, and she is a crowd favorite. That is partly because Alex is tiny at 5’0”, but mostly because her defense almost always makes something happen,” Otley explains. “Alex is a tough on-the-ball defender, especially against taller guards. She has good range on her shot and she’s quick enough to penetrate defenses and get to the basket.”
Born on May 25, 1995, Krupp has lived her entire life in Shelburne. Her family includes parents, Cathy and Jeff, younger sister Madeline, age 10, younger brother Max, a third grader at the Shelburne Community School, and a Bishon Shitzu dog named Jax.
“I’ve been playing basketball since first grade,” informed Krupp. “My dad coached my team through elementary school and that really kept me interested.” With a combination of skills gleaned from a variety of organizations including middle school, mini metro, and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) traveling teams, Krupp is competitive in all phases of the game.
A two-year varsity player, Krupp admits to one pre-game ritual. “I always eat pasta with butter, salt, and cheese before games,” she said. Rituals are obviously unnecessary for the team’s success and their 11-0-0 regular season record is testimony to that fact.
Coach Otley is also quick to point out Krupp’s strengths. “Alex is one of only three seniors on the roster this year. She has shown strong, positive leadership on a team with many new young players.” Krupp adds, “I think my positivity is my greatest asset. I am always there for my teammates if they need to talk.”
In addition to basketball, Krupp is a four-year cross country runner and is involved in Key Club and the Athletic Leadership Council at CVU. And that’s not all. She is also community service minded and feels that working with Vermont Special Olympics has been a particularly rewarding experience. “I really like to volunteer to help out with the Special Olympics; it’s my way of giving back.”
She also shared her two greatest achievements to date. “I am proud of my ability to do well academically and maintain good grades over the years and also that I’m a positive role model for my siblings,” she said. “They look up to me for advice and I am always here for them. I always try and involve myself with them as much as possible because I’ll be at college next year.”
And what will this exceptional student-athlete do next year? “I have already been accepted to the University of Vermont. For now I am considering a major in physical therapy,” she said. “It feels great to be done with college applications.” Given Krupp’s inherent determination, skills, and strong leadership abilities, it’s likely she will remain a fan favorite.