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Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Leah Earnest, Stevens Point

02/14/2020, 11:45am CST
By Norbert Durst

Name: Leah Earnest 
School: Stevens Point High School 
Year: Senior 

Golf Honors: Two-time all-Wisconsin Valley... two-time academic all-state... coached by Mark Lesinski... 

Basketball Honors: Four-year starter for the Panthers... coached by Kraig Terpstra... second-team all-conference as a freshman... first-team all-conference as a sophomore and junior... Wisconsin Valley Player of the Year as a junior... WBCA all-state and AP first-team all-state as a junior... two-time Channel 7 all-star... semi-finalist for top senior wing by WSN... Wisconsin Valley all-time leading scorer... WVC record for points and rebounds in a season... SPASH leader for career points, career rebounder, points in a game (43), rebounds in a game (27)... currently has 1,938 points and 938 career rebounds... averaging 27.4 points, 13.7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.4 steals per game for the Panthers, 14-6 overall and tied atop the WVC... committed to NCAA Division I Valparaiso University... 

Softball Honors: Named first-team all-conference as a junior... first-team all-region by the WFSCA... first-team all-state by the WFSCA... coached by Tom Drohner... 

Favorite Sport (and why): Basketball for sure. "I have had a love for the game for a really long time. I put a lot of my time into it and it will always be a part of my life. I hope that I can continue to coach after college."

Best Part of High School Sports (and why): "The best part is to be able to compete for and take pride in your school. It is really cool to have the backing of a whole community, which is not something you get in club sports." 

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "A quote that my softball coach says all the time is 'it takes no talent to hustle'. I think that applies to all of my sports and really everything in my life that you don’t have to have the most talent to be the hardest worker. I try to work my hardest at everything I do." 

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "Beating Marshall in the Sentry Classic my junior season. It was a game that a lot of people didn’t think we were going to win, and we came out and played one of the best games I think I have been a part of at the high school level. Marshall obviously has had a lot of success in the recent seasons and it's always more fun to win when the odds are stacked against you." 

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "You get to meet and build relationships with so many amazing people who have the same passion as you. It's also fun to challenge myself in different ways. I just love sports and I couldn’t see being content without playing a sport each season." 

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "The toughest part for me is making sure I keep my body in check between always being in season and weight training. Since lifting is also very important to me, I need to make sure I don’t overdo it in the weight room."

Favorite Opponent (and why): "It’s different in all three of my sports. I would have to say my favorite opponent in basketball is Wausau West. Every time we play them it is always an exciting and high scoring game. They have also had a lot of talent come through in the past four years. In golf, it is definitely Wisconsin Rapids because the girls on their team are so incredibly fun to golf with that they almost feel like they are apart of my team. For softball, Marshfield has been a really competitive opponent and fun to play against."  

Favorite Professional Team: "The Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Bucks." 

Favorite Professional Athlete: "Either Elena Delle Donne or Sue Bird. They are both such amazing players who have totally changed women’s sports as a whole. They are also really inspiring leaders and advocates." 

Favorite College Team: "All things Valparaiso University." 

Cumulative GPA: 3.868

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against (and why): "Even though I never got to play against her in high school, I would say that Calette Lockington from Melrose-Mindoro is the toughest player I have played against. We had to play her in travel tournaments through travel ball; let’s just say it's a lot more fun to play with her than against her!"

Most Admired High School Teammate (and why): "I really admire and enjoyed playing Madisyn Rogan. She and I started playing together at the Y when we were both really young. She pushed me everyday in practice and was extremely fun to play with. She is so driven and loves the game of basketball, and is still the first person I would kick it to in the corner." 

College Plans: "I plan on attending Valparaiso University in Indiana to study exercise science and play basketball."

Activities Outside of Sports: "I have been a manager at my school store for the last two years. I also work at my local YMCA in the youth sports department teaching kids basketball and soccer." 

I Find it Relaxing to: "I love to hang out with friends and family. I also really enjoy watching Netflix and movies. And I think working out and lifting is a great stress reliever." 

Favorite TV Show: "Probably the Office. I know it’s basic but it’s the truth!"

Favorite Movie: "The Incredibles without a doubt." 

Favorite Musical Artist: "Harry Styles without a doubt. I have been a One Direction fan since they became a band, but Harry as a solo act is on a whole new level. I also get to go see him this summer!"

Favorite Subject: "A tie between Strength and Conditioning and AP Economics."

Favorite Restaurant: "A restaurant we go to up by my grandparents called Mulligans, or Panda Express. Really I love any place where I can get good chicken."

Favorite Website: "Probably Twitter because I can get everything I need as far as internet content goes."

Other Family Members: "I live with my mom, my dad, and my three younger brothers: AJ (16), Nathan (13), and Adam (10), as well as my dog, a goldendoodle named Jetta." 

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