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Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Macey Banasik, Prairie du Chien

11/05/2020, 1:15pm CST
By Norbert Durst

Name: Macey Banasik 
School: Prairie du Chien High School 
Year: Senior 

Volleyball Honors: Three-year letter-winner for the Blackhawks... coached by Linda Redman... honorable mention all-SWC as a junior... team captain as a senior... 

Basketball Honors: Enters her senior year as a three-year letter-winner for coach Paula Shedivy and the Blackhawks... named second-team all-SWC as a freshman and sophomore... first-team all-conference performer as a junior... Telegraph Herald and Tribune all-area as a sophomore and junior... led Division 3 in three-point shooting percentage as a junior: 45.5% -- 46 of 101... selected to participate in the WIAA 3-Point Challenge (canceled due to COVID-19)... helped Prairie du Chien capture the SWC title as a sophomore, and Division 3 regional titles as a sophomore and junior... team captain as senior... the 5-foot-5 point guard averaged 10.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game as a junior... 

Softball Honors: Enters senior year as a three-year varsity performer for coach Liz Steiner-Hall... letter-winner as a freshman and sophomore... junior season was canceled due to COVID-19... team award for most RBIs, batting average of .320, and three homeruns as a sophomore... 

Favorite Sport (and why): "Basketball is my favorite sport because I fell in love with it at a young age through watching my dad coach and watching my siblings play."

Best Part of High School Sports (and why): "The best part of high school sports is being a part of something that is bigger than myself. I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to compete everyday and create unforgettable memories with some of my best friends."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "You may not be the strongest, fastest, or tallest but you can always be the hardest worker."

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "My most memorable moment was beating Wisconsin Dells in basketball my sophomore year to be regional champs. Playing in a packed gym full of fans and a big student section is an atmosphere I’ll never forget."

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "Best part of playing three sports is always being able to complete and learn new things. I love that for each sport, I have different teammates I am able to connect and play with."

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "The toughest part of playing three sports is there is no time off and having to balance being a student-athlete."

Favorite Opponent (and why): "Platteville because it’s always a back and forth battle playing them." 

Favorite Professional Team: Green Bay Packers

Favorite Professional Athlete: Elena Delle Donne

Favorite College Team: Wisconsin Badgers

Cumulative GPA: 3.9

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against (and why): "Sharon Goodman (Crestwood HS, IA), who now plays at Iowa. She is so strong in the paint, a tough defender, and was always the hardest worker on the court." 

Most Admired High School Teammate (and why): "All my past and present teammates because I have made unforgettable memories with all of them. They also have helped shape me into the player and teammate that I am today." 

College Plans: "Undecided, but I want to play basketball and pursue a career in the medical field."

Activities Outside of Sports: National Honors Society, J-walkers, Interact Club, Key Club, Student Council, Sources of Strength, PALS. 

I Find it Relaxing to: "Play with my dogs and hang with friends." 

Favorite TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy

Favorite Movie: Friday Night Lights

Favorite Musical Artist: Juice Wrld

Favorite Subject: Math

Favorite Restaurant: Olive Garden

Favorite Website: TikTok

Other Family Members: Andy (dad), Melissa (mom), Morgan, McKenzie, and Nathan. 

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