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Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Kobe Smit, Cambria-Friesland

10/15/2020, 12:30pm CDT
By Mark Miller

Name: Kobe Smit

School: Cambria-Friesland High School

Grade: Senior
Football Honors:
 Four-year varsity performer for the Hilltoppers ... Starting quarterback as a senior ... Threw for 70 yards and a touchdown in a recent victory over Waterloo ... Voted team captain ... Passed for 558 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior for coach Jim Bylsma as Cambria-Friesland went 4-5.

Basketball Honors: Son of Cambria-Friesland coach Derrick Smit ... Three-year varsity performer heading into senior season ... A 6-foot-1 guard who averaged 13.6 points and 5.7 rebounds as a junior, earning second-team all-Trailways West Conference recognition ... Helped the Hilltoppers to a 19-6 record in 2019-20 ... Scored a career-best 28 points in an overtime triumph over Randolph as a junior ... Voted team captain ... Teams with classmates Griffin Hart (6-4) and Cade Burmania (5-8) to give the Hilltoppers a solid core to build around for the 2020-21 campaign.

Baseball Honors: Helped Cambria-Friesland to an 8-12 record under coach Jim Knudson as a sophomore ... Ranked among team leaders in runs batted in ... Voted team captain ... Did not play as a junior due to COVID-19.

Favorite Sport : "Basketball because it teaches me mental toughness and leadership. Basketball shows me where I need to improve as an overall athlete and, most importantly, helps teach me how to overcome adversity and challenges that will continue in life's journey."

Best Part of High School Sports: "Competing with my teammates and friends, and having my family and community supporting me."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "Always 110 percent and never back down from a challenge."

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "Scoring 28 points and hitting a three-point shot at the buzzer to send the game into overtime in our win over rival Randolph."

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "Having the privilege to play three sports, knowing that not everyone gets that opportunity and being able to compete with my teammates and friends year-round."

Toughest Part of Playing Five Sports: "Being a student-athlete. Having to come home after a game and still having to do homework or study for a test the next day."

Favorite Opponent: Randolph

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

Favorite Professional Athlete: Kobe Bryant

Favorite College Teams: Wisconsin Badgers, Duke Blue Devils

Cumulative GPA: 3.9
Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against:
"Derek Lindert of Pardeeville."

Most Admired High School Teammates: Cade Burmania, Grifin Hart

Biggest Challenges of COVID-19: "Just not knowing if you're going to play each week. Anticipation and excitement for who you're playing next is now overshadowed by just hoping we can play. Fans/crowds create an awesome atmosphere and are the best part of high-school sports. Not having packed gym will be disappointing."

College Plans: "I plan to attend college and pursue a career in business."

Activities Outside of Sports: National Honor Society, Church Youth Group, Future Farmers of America

I Find it Relaxing to: "Work on our hobby farm."

Favorite TV Show: All American

Favorite Movie: Miracle

Favorite Musical Artists: Luke Combs, Drake

Favorite Subject: History

Favorite Restaurant: Culver's

Favorite Website: Nike

Other Family Members: Derrick, father; Candace, mother; Bailey, brother; Kennedy, sister.

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