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Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Josie Nies, Platteville

06/18/2020, 12:00pm CDT
By Norbert Durst

Josie Nies at the 2020 WIAA State Tournament

Name: Josie Nies

School: Platteville High School

Year: Senior 

Volleyball Honors: Four-year letterwinner for coach Danielle Duerst and the Hillmen... honorable mention all-SWC as a sophomore and junior... second-team all-conference as a junior... Hillmen hustle award as a junior... team captain and hustle award as a senior... three-time SWC champions... regional title in 2019... all-academic team in 2016-17... 

Basketball Honors: Four-year varsity starter for coach Mike Foley and the Hillmen... freshman year: second-team all-conference, assists award, Southwest WI News Athlete of the week, SWC Conference Champion and Division 3 sectional finalist... sophomore year: second-team all-conference, team captain, team MVP, assists award, and D3 sectional semi-finalist... junior year: first-team all-conference, team captain, team MVP, assists award, D3 sectional finalist... senior year: first-team all-conference, team captain, assists award, team MVP, Beaver Dam All-Tournament team, Telegraph herald Area Athlete-of-the-Week, WBCA all-state honorable mention, WBCA Division 3 All-Star, SWC Conference Champion, Division 3 state finalist with a 26-0 record... averaged 14 points, 5.4 assists and 2.2 steals per game as a senior... connected on 59 three-pointers as a senior... finished career with 1,100 points... committed to UW-Stevens Point... 

Softball Honors: Entered senior year as a three-year first-team all-conference performer for coach Becca Lowe and the Hillmen... as a junior received Golden Glove award, top two in every offensive category, .400 batting average, and team steals leader... 

Favorite Sport (and why): "My love for basketball started when I was a little girl and has grown ever since. Basketball also relieves me from stress and brings my mind to a peaceful and positive state."

Best Part of High School Sports (and why): "The best part of high school sports is the time and experiences you get to spend with your teammates. This was huge for me because I had been playing sports with the same group of girls since fourth grade, and these girls became my best friends. This allowed great team chemistry which led to successful seasons both on the court and on the field." 

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "Hard Work = Success"

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "Winning the Division 3 girls basketball state semi-final game and being denied the opportunity to perform in the state final due to COVID-19 pandemic."

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "I love playing with and interacting with different skilled athletes along with always staying busy and having fun while playing such different sports."

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "While always staying busy is a plus for me as an athlete, at times it’s tough because seasons tend to overlap and you get zero rest."

Favorite Opponent (and why): "My favorite opponent was Marshall because the week of preparation leading up to each matchup in the Sectionals was full of great intensity and effort, which I thrive on, knowing my teammates and myself had to bring our best in order to defeat them." 

Favorite Professional Team: Green Bay Packers

Favorite Professional Athlete: Arike Ogunbowale

Favorite College Team: Wisconsin Badgers

Cumulative GPA: 3.95

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against (and why): "Estella Moschkau was the toughest individual I’ve competed against in my high school career because she was a threat everywhere on the floor. She could slash to the basket, pull up on a dime, or hit the long three ball."  

Most Admired High School Teammate (and why): "Behind my fellow senior basketball teammates, my most admired high school teammate was Camryn Nies (sister). She pushed me to be better and matched my work ethic." 

College Plans: "I plan on attending UW-Stevens Point, majoring in Pre-Chiropractic, and continuing my basketball career with the Pointers."

Activities Outside of Sports: "I enjoy working out, Jeep rides, outdoor adventures, and hanging with my friends."

I Find it Relaxing to: "I find it relaxing to sit in the hot tub."

Favorite TV Show: "My favorite TV shows are the Bachelor and Outer Banks." 

Favorite Movie: "My favorite movie is A Star is Born (2018)."

Favorite Musical Artist: "My favorite musical artist is Luke Combs." 

Favorite Subject: "My favorite subjects are math and science." 

Favorite Restaurant: Texas Roadhouse

Favorite Website: Instagram

Other Family Members: "Bart Nies (father), Jolene Nies (mother), Braden Nies (brother) and Camryn Nies (sister)." 

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