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Triple Threat of the Week: Jack Farley, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy

02/01/2018, 9:45am CST
By Mark Miller

Name: Jack Farley

School: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy (Marinette)

Grade: Senior

Football Honors: Four-year letter winner for the co-op team at Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas under coach Dale Lange ... First-team receiver and second-team defensive back in the MONLPC 8-Player as a senior ... As a receiver, totaled 599 yards with an average of 20.7 yards and scored eight touchdowns ... Recorded 25 tackles and had three interceptions on defense ... Invited to participate in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association 8-man football All-Star game ... Second-team all-league receiver as a junior when he had 22 catches for 443 yards and six touchdowns. 

Basketball Honors: Four-year varsity player for coach Ric Powers ... Averaging 27.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 5.4 steals and 3.5 blocks through 15 games of the 2017-18 season ... One of 10 boys' basketball players in the long history of Marinette Lourdes/Catholic Centra/St. Thomas Aquinas Academy history to score 1,000 career points ... Second-team all-league as a junior and honorable mention all-league as a sophomore in the Marinette & Oconto Conference ... Averaged 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists as a junior ... A 5-foot-11 guard with very good quickness and the ability to score ... Scored a career-high 38 points in a victory over Stockbridge as a senior.

Baseball Honors: A three-time honorable mention all-league pick in the Marinette & Oconto Conference for the co-op team at Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas ... Multiple games with 15 or more strikeouts as one of the top pitchers in the league ... Batted .400 with an 11-game hitting streak as a junior.

Favorite Sport: "My favorite sport is basketball. I fell in love with the game at a young age and have put countless hours into improving my game. My family lived in Appleton for a number of years and I had the opportunity to play on a team with many of the current Xavier Hawks. We won the sixth grade state championship, and my love of the game really grew from those days."

Best Part of High School Sports: "Participating in high school sports gives you a chance to compete at a high level with teammates who are also your friends away from the game. We are able to make memories that can be shared for a lifetime."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "Focus on the things that you can control, and don't get caught up in the things you can't control."

Most Memorable Moments in High School Sports: "My most memorable moment in high school sports was scoring my 1,000th point in a tough battle against the Coleman Cougars. I got fouled in the backcourt and started walking to the free throw line. I didn't realize how many points I was at, but suddenly the crowd came to life and it hit me that I must be at 999. As I was at the line getting ready to shoot, one of my teammates calmly walked up to me and quietly muttered, 'Don't miss.' It sort of relaxed the situation and took off some of the pressure. I had a ton of family in the crowd and even had a relative fly in from California for it. It was a very competitive game, a fun game to be a part of, although it would have been even better if we could have pulled out the victory."  

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "The best part of playing three sports is that complacency never sets in. You always have new challenges and grow as an all-around athlete."

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "The hardest part of playing three sports is definitely time management. There are always scheduling conflicts and you have to make sure you budget your time wisely. Finding time to do your homework, study for exams or do anything social can sometimes be a challenge, but it teaches you to be responsible."

Favorite Opponent: "My favorite opponent is Lena. Our schools co-op for football and baseball so our meetings during basketball season always come with a little extra intensity."

Favorite Professional Teams: Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Brewers

Favorite Professional Athlete: Tim Tebow

Favorite College Teams: Wisconsin Badgers, North Carolina Tar Heels

Cumulative GPA: 3.2

Toughest Individual You've Competed Against: "It's tough to pick out just one person. I guess I'd go with Brandon Williams from Oakfield. At the end of my junior year, we played a football game against Oakfield, and I had to match up with him on the outside both offensively and defensively. He's probably the fastest player I've very gone against."

Most Admired High School Teammate: "Riley Marquardt from Lena was a teammate of mine in both baseball and football. He is a relentless competitor and displayed great toughness. His intensity never wavered regardless of the game situation."

College Plans: "I am currently exploring many options, but have not yet come to a decision on my plan for the future."
 
Activities Outside of Sports: Foreign Language Club, Ski Club, various fundraising events for St. Thomas Aquinas Academy

I Find it Relaxing to: "Watch Netflix or go to movies, play XBox LIve with friends, play Catan."

Favorite TV show: The Office

Favorite Movie: Space Jam

Favorite Musical Artists: Lil Yachte

Favorite Subjects: History

Favorite Restaurant: TGI Friday's

Favorite Website: WisSports.net

Family Members: Father, Paul; mother, Anne; younger brothers, Jake, Lucas, Cole. 

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