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Triple Threat -- Lexi Smith, Northland Pines

09/15/2016, 11:45am CDT
By Norbert Durst

Name: Lexi Smith    
School: Northland Pines 
Year: Senior

Volleyball Honors: Four-year varsity performer for coach and mother Julie Smith (played volleyball at Wisconsin)...Second Team All-Great Northern as a sophomore...Unanimous First Team All Conference, MVP, and All-State Honorable Mention junior year.

Basketball Honors: Three-year varsity performer for coach Larry Bergum, entering her senior year...Named MVP of the varsity team freshman, sophomore, and junior year...First Team All-Great Northern as a freshman, sophomore, junior...Unanimously selected Great Northern Conference Player of the Year as a junior...First Team WBCA Division 3 All-State DIII...Honorable Mention AP All-State...Channel 7 All Stars. Scored a career-high 51 points in a win over Phillips, tying the sixth-best single-game mark in state history...Totalled 676 points, 258 rebounds, 67 assists, 99 steals, and 28 blocks during junior season...Enters her senior year with 1,478 points...Currently holds a Division I scholarship offer from Kent State and a Division II offer from Northern Michigan. 

Soccer Honors: Three-year varsity performer for coach Wendy McCormack, entering her senior year...Named MVP of the varsity team freshman, sophomore, and junior year...Second Team All-Great Northern as a freshman...First Team All Conference sophomore and junior year... Great Northern Offensive Player of the Year junior year. 

Favorite Sport (and why): "It is a close run between basketball and soccer for being my favorite sport, but soccer is for sure my favorite. I just love being able to play outdoors in all kinds of weather. Something about running all around the field is fun and calming to me. Soccer is one of my favorite stress relievers, just pick up a soccer ball and start juggling no matter where you are."

Best Part of High School Sports: "The best part about playing high school sports is meeting new people. All of my best friends I have met through sports by either playing with or against them. Without playing high school sports I wouldn’t have met all the people I have and would be missing key friendships that I now have in my life."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "The best advice I have received from a high school coach would be from my basketball coach, Larry Bergum. “Play every game like it’s your last.” I have heard that from him before every game since my freshman year. I really take that to heart because you have to play every game to the best of your ability because you never know when it could be your last game."

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "My most memorable moment in high school sports was beating Mosinee in volleyball two out of the three times we played them during my junior season. One time in conference play and then also in the first round of playoffs."

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "The best part about playing three sports is staying active and being able to compete in a variety of ways. Every sport is unique in its own way, but they all keep you in shape to continue onto the next sport once the other has finished."

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "The toughest part about playing three sports is managing your time. Going all school year and attending a two hour practice every day during the year makes it difficult to find time for academics and time to relax, but everything works out in the end."

Favorite Opponent: "My favorite opponent is Medford, they always have a great student section!"

Favorite Professional Team: My favorite professional team is the Packers. I really enjoy to watch football with my friends and family."

Favorite Professional Athlete: "My Favorite Professional Athlete is Alex Morgan. I love watching her play soccer for the U.S. Olympic Team."

Favorite College Team: "My favorite college team is the Wisconsin Badgers."

Cumulative GPA: 3.988

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against: "Bailey Schultz from Mosinee is for sure the toughest individual I’ve ever competed against. She is just an all around athlete that is super athletic and good at everything! I always set a goal to beat her on both the volleyball and basketball court."

Most Admired High School Teammate: "My most admired high school teammate would be Makayla Hayes. She was always there for me and we had each others back. We would always challenge each other to be the best we could be on and off the court."

College Plans: "I have not decided where yet, but I will be playing basketball in college."

Activities Outside of Sports: "I do all kinds of water sports, snowboard, youth group, spend time with family, fishing, biking, and many other things."

I Find it Relaxing to: "Either go to an empty gym and shoot hoops by myself or go to the soccer field and juggle the soccer ball. Also laying in my hammock!"

Favorite TV Show: "My favorite TV Show is Friends."

Favorite Movie: "My favorite movie is God’s Not Dead."

Favorite Musical Artist: "My favorite musical artist is Beyoncé." 

Favorite Subject: "I love Math! It is by far my favorite subject!"

Favorite Restaurant: "Buffalo Wild Wings is my favorite restaurant. I love to go there anytime I’m passing through Wausau since that is the closest one to my home."

Favorite Website: "My favorite website is Twitter."

Other Family Members: My dad Craig is a Pharmacist, my mom Julie is our varsity volleyball coach and a stay at home mom, my older sister Maddie attends UW-Madison and played for the volleyball team her freshman year as a walk-on, I also have a brother Sam that is a Junior in high school, a sister Jacqueline that is a freshman in high school, and a brother Gabriel who is in 6th grade.

(If you'd like to nominate a senior three-sport female athlete from Wisconsin for the Triple Play Triple Threat feature, please contact Norbert Durst at norbert.durst@sportsengine.com).

 

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