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Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Luke Elkin, Neenah

11/30/2020, 11:15am CST
By Mark Miller

Name: Luke Elkin

School: Neenah

Grade: Senior
Football Honors:
 Second-team all-conference safety selection in the Valley Football Association -- South Division as both a sophomore and junior ... Team captain as a junior for coach Steve Jung and the Rockets ... The 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete played safety and quarterback as a junior, passing for 798 yards and rushing for 383 yards ... Senior season will be played in the spring.

Hockey Honors: Team captain as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Second-team all-conference pick as a sophomore and first-team selection as a junior as a defenseman ... Helped Neenah to a second-place finish in the 2019 WIAA State Tournament and earned a spot on the all-tournament team.

Baseball Honors: Second-team all-Fox Valley Association selection as a sophomore at the catcher position ... Did not play junior season due to COVID-19.

Favorite Sport : "Football is my favorite sport because I love suiting up on Friday nights, being able to hit people and coring touchdowns under the lights."

Best Part of High School Sports: "Creating good memories with my friends and experiencing positive situations that will set me up for an enhanced lifetime."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "To make sure that you are always making smart decisions because you never know who is watching you."

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "My most memorable moment so far is taking second place at the state hockey tournament my sophomore year. Those memories will be with me for the rest of my life."

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "I think the best part of playing three sports is being able to be with your friends and experiencing that friend base across three different teams. I also enjoy the mental side of always being in a sport and not have to worry about school or any other stressful situations. Being involved throughout the year doesn't allow the daily stresses to hold much ground."

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "The toughest part is making sure that I have a social life outside of sports and not always being sucked into only the team or teammate events. It's important to me to have non-teammate friends to hand with also."

Favorite Opponent: "Kimberly football is my favorite opponent because when we play, we always put up a good fight. Playing a good competitor always brings out a great effort by all. It is always a fun game to participate in."

Favorite Professional Teams: Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers

Favorite Professional Athlete: "Aaron Rodgers because you never know what he is going to do on Sundays."

Favorite College Teams: Iowa Hawkeyes

Cumulative GPA: 3.69
Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against:
"Brady Welsch of St. Mary's Springs in hockey because we played on some summer teams together and when we face each other on our high school teams, it is always hard fought and fun competition. We have a lot of respect for each others."

Most Admired High School Teammates: "Logan Eiden was a senior when I was a sophomore. I enjoyed being able to play wiht him on Friday nights. His effort during games made me want to compete like he did."

Biggest Challenges of COVID-19: "The biggest challenge is not being able to go into the high school whenever I want and that football was pushed to spring. There are now so many restrictions and changes to lifting weights, practicing long snapping or other workouts, most of which force us to change all routines."

College Plans: "I plan to attend the University of Iowa and play football."

Activities Outside of Sports: Launch program, which helps incoming freshmen at Neenah High School ... SALT (Student Athlete Leadership Team).

I Find it Relaxing to: "I find it relaxing to sit down and watch football."

Favorite TV Show: Lost

Favorite Movie: Angel Has Fallen

Favorite Musical Artists: Taylor Swift

Favorite Subject: Science

Favorite Restaurant: Qdoba

Favorite Website: YouTube

Other Family Members: Mike, father; Dana, mother; Alec, older brother.

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