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Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Katie Hildebrandt, McFarland

09/24/2020, 11:30am CDT
By Norbert Durst

Name: Katie Hildebrandt
School: McFarland High School
Year: Senior 

Volleyball Honors: Two-year Rock Valley All-Conference performer for coach Trish Fortune and the Spartans... honorable mention as sophomore and first-team all-conference as a junior... selected as an honorable mention all-state performer by the WVCA as a junior... all-academic award by the WVCA as a junior... helped lead the Spartans to a Division 2 state runner-up finish as a junior in the program's first trip to state since 1982... 

Basketball Honors: Enters her senior year as a three-year varsity performer for the Spartans... coached by Sara Mallegni... honorable mention all-conference and Spartans' rookie of the year... second-team all-Rock Valley as a sophomore... Spartans' offensive player of the year and practice player of the year as a sophomore... named first-team all-conference as a junior... Spartans' teammate of the year and MVP... averaged 14.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.6 blocks per game as a junior for the 9-14 Spartans... enters her senior year with 820 career points... the 6-foot-2 forward is committed to NCAA Division I North Dakota State University... 

Soccer Honors: Two-time first-team all-Rock Valley performer for coach Anthony DiPrizio and the Spartans... earned first-team all-league as a freshman and sophomore... named WSCA honorable mention all-state as a freshman and second-team all-state as a sophomore... junior year was canceled due to COVID-19... 

Favorite Sport (and why): "I don’t have a favorite sport as I’m the type of person who loves whatever sport is in season! They are all so fun in their own way, so I can’t choose!" 

Best Part of High School Sports (and why): "Throughout high school sports, I have created so many new memories and friendships that I will cherish forever! Playing sports is a good time to clear the mind and are just so fun to play." 

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "The best advice I’ve received from a coach was to stay confident. If I was ever struggling with confidence, they would help me keep my head up and I loved that!" 

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "Going to state my junior year for volleyball was something I will never forget!! That season created so many amazing memories that will stay with me my whole life."

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "My favorite part about playing three different sports is the variety I get throughout the year. They are all so different from each other, yet similar at the same time which makes me love them all!" 

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "The toughest part of playing three sports during a school year is that there is no time off. You rarely get breaks, but it’s good to keep busy!" 

Favorite Opponent (and why): "My favorite opponent to play against is Whitewater because I have an AAU teammate on that team and it’s always fun to see and compete against her!" 

Favorite Professional Team: "I don’t watch a ton of professional sports, but I enjoy watching the Bucks and the Packers." 

Favorite Professional Athlete: "I don’t really have a favorite professional athlete." 

Favorite College Team: "The Badgers are my favorite college team to watch!" 

Cumulative GPA: 3.87

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against (and why): "Hailey Rothwell is the toughest individual I’ve competed against because we’ve been playing soccer against each other since 6th grade and she is a forward and I am a goalie, so we are always going 1v1 against each other." 

Most Admired High School Teammate (and why): "I’d definitely have to say the teammate I admire most is Ashley East. Not only is she a leader on the court, but she is also an amazing person off the court who I look up to!" 

College Plans: "I plan to attend North Dakota State University to study interior design and play basketball!" 

Activities Outside of Sports: "I love hanging out with my friends outside of sports and enjoying time outside. I also love
playing cards and board games with my family." 

I Find it Relaxing to: "I find it relaxing to bake desserts or take a walk outside!" 

Favorite TV Show: "I love The Office and Outer Banks." 

Favorite Movie: "I love all of the Marvel movies." 

Favorite Musical Artist: "I like a lot of artists! I’ve always liked One Direction and have been a huge fan since I was little." 

Favorite Subject: Math

Favorite Restaurant: "Either Palenque or Spartan Pizza." 

Favorite Website: Snapchat

Other Family Members: "My Mom, my Dad, my two older brothers Ryan and Nick, and my dog Luna!" 

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