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Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Emma Herb, Wittenberg-Birnamwood

10/22/2020, 12:00pm CDT
By Norbert Durst

Name: Emma Herb
School: Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School
Year: Senior 

Volleyball Honors: Three-year letter-winner for coach Becky Rew and the Chargers... team captain as a junior and senior... unanimous first-team all-CWC East as a senior... helped the Chargers capture their second consecutive CWC East title... Wittenberg-Birnamwood is 12-3 overall heading into its WIAA Regional semifinal against Nekoosa... has compiled 135 kills, 15 blocks and 29 digs as a senior... 

Basketball Honors: Enters senior year as a three-year starter for coach Nick Mechelke and the Chargers... earned honorable mention all-CWC East as a freshman... named athlete of the week during freshman year... first-team all-conference as a sophomore... unanimous first-team all-conference as a junior... team captain as a sophomore, junior and senior... the 5-8 wing/forward averaged 18 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game as a junior... she will enter her senior year with 864 career points... 

Softball Honors: Enters her senior year as a three-year starter for coach Charity Fraaza and the Chargers... named second-team all-conference as a freshman and sophomore...  

Swim Honors: Two-year letter-winner... coached by John Rudeen... 

Track & Field Honors: Enters her senior year as a three-year letter-winner for coach Mike Balliett and the Chargers... first-team all-conference in the discus as a sophomore... 

Favorite Sport (and why): "Basketball is my favorite sport. Basketball is the most competitive sport that I play and it allows for me to push myself and others the hardest. I love the thrill and intensity of each game." 

Best Part of High School Sports (and why): "The best part of high school sports is when you play and win games at home against rival schools. The feeling of the student section and fans cheering for you is really an awesome feeling." 

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "My swim coach, John Rudeen, told me right when I joined swim for the first time that no matter how hard swim gets, and how tired I might be, to make sure that I am always pushing myself and having fun. He has also told me that it is okay to fail." 

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "My most memorable moment of high school sports was the game after Abigail Fraaza came back from tearing her ACL. We clicked right away and it was the greatest feeling ever to have her back playing."

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "The best part about being in five sports is that I am always in good shape. Each sport I play strengthens a different part of me which allows for constant improvement." 

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "I actually play five sports: swim, volleyball, basketball, softball, and track. The hardest part of playing five sports is time management. I have to categorize what needs to be done, as well as making sure I don't become too stressed out. Another aspect is making sure that I stay positive and be a good teammate. One negative attitude can turn into a bad outcome very easily."

Favorite Opponent (and why): "Bonduel is my favorite team to play. They are the toughest team we play in our conference and have been since grade school. They are hard workers and play the same type of style of basketball that my team does. When we beat them it feels truly deserved." 

Favorite Professional Team: Green Bay Packers

Favorite Professional Athlete: Aaron Rodgers

Favorite College Team: Wisconsin Badgers

Cumulative GPA: 4.0

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against (and why): "Heather Pearson from Amherst. She was 6’2” and I had to guard her my first time playing in a varsity game. She was their leading scorer and was a senior. She was an amazing player and I had to fight hard to keep her from taking over the game."

Most Admired High School Teammate (and why): "Abigail Fraaza has played basketball, volleyball, and softball with me since we were little. Between the two of us we take turns leading the stats and work really well together. Abi is a hard working athlete, and very gifted."

College Plans: "I am planning on going to Madison, majoring in biology, and eventually going into medical school for pediatrics."

Activities Outside of Sports: "I participate in a lot of clubs at school. I am President of the 2021 class as well as the president for National Honor Society. I am the secretary for both Charger Athletic Club and Student Senate. In addition, I enjoy playing the flute in band."

I Find it Relaxing to: "Read and solve sudoku puzzles." 

Favorite TV Show: Greys Anatomy

Favorite Movie: Pete's Dragon

Favorite Musical Artist: Morgan Wallen

Favorite Subject: Spanish 

Favorite Restaurant: Panda Express

Favorite Website: "I like to check Skyward to make sure I am on top of my grades and homework." 

Other Family Members: "I have an older brother, Shane; a younger brother, Carter; and my mom and dad, Becky and Chris."

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