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Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Maggie Craker, McDonell Central

10/09/2020, 10:45am CDT
By Norbert Durst

Name: Maggie Craker
School: McDonell Central High School
Year: Senior 

Volleyball Honors: Four-year starter for coach Kathryn Hanson and the Macks... freshman year was second-team all-Cloverbelt West and first-team all-Chippewa County, compiling 1262 Assists, 220 digs, and 37 attack kills... sophomore year was named first-team WVCA all-state, first-team all-conference, first-team all-Chippewa County, and Outstanding Student Athlete, while totaling 947 assists, 77 attack kills, 272 digs, and 55 aces... junior year was chosen first-team WVCA all-state, Cloverbelt West Player of the Year, Chippewa County Player of the Year, putting up 595 digs, 135 aces, 1141 assists, and 145 attack kills... three-year team captain... committed to NCAA Division I Western Illinois University... McDonell Central is ranked No. 2 in the Midseason WVCA Coaches Poll in Division 4... 

Basketball Honors: Four-year varsity performer for coach Don Cooper and the Macks... freshman year was named team Rookie of the Year, averaging 5.3 points per game... sophomore year was selected first-team all-Cloverbelt West, third-team all-Northwest, team MVP, team captain, broke school record for 3-pointers in a season (57), runner-up at WIAA 3-Point Challenge at the state tournament, averaged 14.7 points per game... junior year was named Cloverbelt West Player of the Year, second-team all-Northwest, first-team all-Chippewa County, team MVP, team captain, broke own 3-point record for a season (67)... averaged 16.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2 steals per game as a junior... will enter her senior year with 849 career points... 

Softball Honors: Two-year starter for coach Chelsea Rosenow and the Macks... freshman year was named second-team all-Cloverbelt West as a third baseman, carrying a .378 batting average, and helped McDonell Central capture the Division 5 WIAA state title... sophomore year was selected first-team all-conference with a .569 batting average, and in the circle struck out 1.04 hitters per inning with a 2.94 ERA... junior season was canceled due to COVID-19... 

Favorite Sport (and why): "Volleyball is my favorite sport because it is a fast-paced, team sport. Volleyball allows me to be competitive and show a lot of emotion." 

Best Part of High School Sports (and why): "The best part of high school sports is that I can create memories and be competitive with my best friends. High school sports allow us to see our personal and team growth throughout the years." 

Best Advice from a High School Coach: “Live in the moment and never miss an opportunity to compete.” 

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "My most memorable moment is winning state in softball my freshmen year. This taught me what it takes to be a great team." 

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "The best part of being a three sport athlete is that you are always able to grow and work on something. I love being active all year long with different teammates." 

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "The toughest part of playing three sports is always being busy after school. Injuries or soreness can impact multiple sports." 

Favorite Opponent (and why): "I love competing against Regis High School because we are rival schools, and the games are usually very competitive." 

Favorite Professional Team: Milwaukee Brewers 

Favorite Professional Athlete: Christian Yelich

Favorite College Team: Wisconsin Badgers

Cumulative GPA: 3.7/4.0

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against (and why): "Lexi Donarksi from Aquinas because she was not only very athletic, but very smart. Donarski was a great team leader and a tough competitor." 

Most Admired High School Teammate (and why): "Megan Baier. She was a senior when I was a freshmen and welcomed me on all three varsity teams. She taught me what it means to be a good leader and great competitor. Baier also showed me what hard work and determination look like." 

College Plans: "Attend Western Illinois University and play D1 volleyball. Major: Undecided." 

Activities Outside of Sports: "Play with my puppy, Mia and watch Netflix." 

I Find it Relaxing to: "Sit in the sun, go on walks, nap." 

Favorite TV Show: Criminal Minds

Favorite Movie: Hunger Games 

Favorite Musical Artist: Rascal Flatts

Favorite Subject: Math

Favorite Restaurant: Cancun Mexican Restaurant 

Favorite Website: Youtube

Other Family Members: Eric Craker (dad), Molly Craker (mom), Sean Craker (brother)

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