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Athlete’s name: Kortni Grenawalt

School: Parkview High School

Year: Senior

Sports: Softball

Honors/recognition for each sport: Freshman -- letter winner in softball; Sophomore -- team captain in basketball, letter winner in poms, first team all-conference, most improved player and offensive player of the year in softball, earning letter; Junior -- letter winner on poms; first team all-conference, Most Valuable Player, Golden Glove and letter winner in softball; Senior -- team captain in softball

Stats/highlights: 21-game hitting streak sophomore year as leadoff hitter, sophomore batting average of .404 and junior batting average of .426

Describe yourself on/off the field: On the field, I use my playing experience to show leadership and help encourage the other girls to become all-around better players. Both on and off the field I am dedicated to my work and sport. Off the field I would say that I’m just a typical high school senior looking forward to graduation and moving on to college!

How did you get started playing your favorite sports: I began playing softball at T-ball age. I only played one year and didn’t play the next because I didn’t like it. But I gave it another try and it’s been my passion since. I played basketball from about first grade through my sophomore year. I was also on the football poms squad for my sophomore and junior years.

Who are your biggest influences/role models and why: My dad, Matt Grenawalt, because he’s pushed me and motivated me to work harder. He’s the one that taught me the value of the weight room and working hard year-round. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of each of my coaches since I was little. But I definitely wouldn’t be the player I am today without having my dad by my side all these years.

Most memorable moment(s) in high school sports: The best times are the team bonding nights. Nothing tops the memories we make those nights! But we can’t really talk about them here.

What advice would you give younger athletes about competing at the high school and/or collegiate levels: If you want to achieve success, you need to make yourself better. When your coach tells you to get in the weight room, listen. Even though it’s a team sport, only you can make yourself better. If you work hard, hopefully others will follow you. You are playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the back.

Your nickname, if any: Dump, George, Kort or Half-Kort

Favorite athlete(s): (Softball players) Jenny Finch and Monica Abbot, Aaron Rodgers

Favorite team(s): Madison College Wolfpack softball, Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers, all Wisconsin Badger teams.

Any other hobbies outside of sports: Being with my friends or teammates. I’m an animal lover. I love to watch movies with my family.

Post-high school plans: I’m going to Madison College to play softball. I plan general studies and then transfer to UW-Madison or UW-Platteville to earn a degree in engineering.

He could not have written a better script for the 2015-’16 season, accomplishing one of the top individual honors while reaching the ultimate team goal.

Now it’s up to Lawrence Cornellier and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point men’s hockey team to do it again.

The Pointers claimed the school’s fifth national championship, and first since 1993, in late March. And the 6-foot, 170-pound junior led NCAA Division III players with 23 goals scored.

EAST TROY -- Some roads are clear and well traveled. Others are detours with uncertain results. The latter is the direction East Troy senior Jake Nixon headed, and it led him to becoming the player of the year on the 19th annual All-Walworth County boys basketball team.

It is the fifth time in six years and sixth in nine years that a Trojan was named the POY by area coaches and members of the media. Alex Bondar won it in 2007-’08, Tanner Plomb in 2010-’11 and 2011-’12, Nate Dodge in 2012-’13 and Jake Growel in 2013-’14. Lincoln Wieseman of Badger broke the four-year run by East Troy players last season.

But Nixon wasn’t anywhere to be found on last year’s team. In fact, he did not even play in the county. Nixon played his first season of varsity basketball as a junior at Mukwonago.

His game is all about speed and athleticism. After all, it says so right in his name: Daytona Bryden.

His father, Scott, is a big-time stock car fan. However, baseball always has been No. 1 with his son, who races around diamonds rather than tracks.

Bryden is the starting center fielder and leadoff batter for another strong team at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. John Vodenlich’s perennial powerful Warhawks were off to a 14-1 start heading into this past Wednesday’s scheduled doubleheader against Concordia University of Chicago and were ranked No. 2 according to D3baseball.com.

She didn’t join the fraternity until five years ago. However, Jessica Garcia will compete in the ultimate event for long-distance runners, the historic Boston Marathon.

The 120th rendition of the race will be Monday, April 18.

And although the 2004 Janesville Craig High School graduate has been tested numerous times since taking the proverbial leap of faith into the world of endurance athletics, this special race tests participants’ will in unique ways.

“I’ve had friends who’ve participated, including my (running) partner in crime, Jen Skelly, and Jason Penticoff,” Garcia said. “I remember Jen coming back and the next day saying, ‘You have to run Boston.’ She had this glow and energy about her.”

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