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Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Alexis Betker, Racine Park

04/16/2021, 10:15am CDT
By Norbert Durst

Name: Alexis Betker
School: Racine Park 
Year: Senior 

Golf Honors: Four-year varsity performer for the Panthers.... coached by Greg Nyboe... second-team all-Southeast as a sophomore... first-team all-conference as a junior... academic all-state as a sophomore and junior... earned Racine County honorable mention laurels as a senior... team captain and team MVP as a sophomore, junior, and senior... 

Volleyball Honors: Member of the team as a senior for the alternate fall season. 

Basketball Honors: Four-year varsity contributor for the Panthers... coached by Carey Palacios... earned honorable mention all-Southeast as a freshman, third-team all-conference as a sophomore, and second-team all-conference as a junior... honorable mention all-Racine County as a freshman and sophomore... team captain and first-team all-county as a senior... scored 16 points per game as a junior and 16 points per game in an abbreviated senior year... 

Soccer Honors: Four-year varsity performer for the Panthers... coached by Matt Maletis... first-team all-Southeast and first-team all-Racine County as a freshman and sophomore... honorable mention WSCA all-state as a sophomore... sophomore year, broke school single-season scoring record and school record for total goals scored... team MVP as a freshman and sophomore... junior year was wiped out due to COVID-19... team captain as a sophomore and senior... scored 33 goals as a freshman and 44 as a sophomore... committed to NCAA Division I Western Illinois University... 

Favorite Sport (and why): "My favorite sport is soccer. I have played soccer since I was three years old and it has turned me into the person I am today. I love to play the game and can’t wait to continue my career in college." 

Best Part of High School Sports (and why): "My favorite part of high school sports is all of the amazing memories I have made with my teammates. I get to play the sports I love, have fun with my friends, and make memories that will last forever."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "My best advice I have received from a high school coach is, 'if it were easy, everyone would do it'."

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "My most memorable moment in high school sports was during my high school regional soccer game sophomore year. During the game, we went down 3-0 against Horlick High School. During the last 10 minutes of the game, we ended up scoring 3 goals to tie the game at 3-3. During overtime, both teams scored a goal. Finally, we made it into penalty kicks and won the game."

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "My favorite part of playing three sports is all the friendships I have made and how much each have developed me into the person I am today. All of the friendships I have made will stay with me forever. Each sport gives me the opportunity to compete and become a better athlete. Each sport has allowed me to grow as a person, a teammate, and an athlete."

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "I feel the toughest part of playing three sports is going to be giving two of them up next year. Since I have grown up playing sports my entire life, only playing one is going to be a change for me. I am going to miss basketball and golf, but I can’t wait to see what soccer has in store for me next year."

Favorite Opponent (and why): "My favorite opponents have been when I have played my friends I grew up with and played with when I was younger. Playing against each other is always a blast and it is so much fun to compete against each other from other schools."

Favorite Professional Team: "My favorite professional team is the Milwaukee Bucks."

Favorite Professional Athlete: "My favorite professional athlete is Giannis Antetokounmpo."

Favorite College Team: "My favorite college team is the Wisconsin Badgers."

Cumulative GPA: "My unweighted GPA is 4.0."

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against (and why): "The toughest individual I competed against was Caroline Strande. Her competitiveness to win and play at the highest level has always made her an exceptional player. She has continued her basketball career at the University of Minnesota and continues to be a hard-working, talented player."

Most Admired High School Teammate (and why): "My most admired high school teammate is my sister, Grace Betker. It has been a great opportunity to play two years of varsity golf, basketball, soccer, and volleyball with her. We are each other's biggest fans and have enjoyed the time we have gotten on the field and court together." 

College Plans: "I am attending Western Illinois University to continue my academic and athletic career."

Activities Outside of Sports: "Some of the activities I enjoy doing outside of sports include hanging out with friends and family, reading a book, or exercising."

I Find it Relaxing to: "I find it relaxing to read a book."

Favorite TV Show: "My favorite TV show is The Challenge."

Favorite Movie: "My favorite movie is Pitch Perfect." 

Favorite Musical Artist: "My favorite musical artist is Dan + Shay."

Favorite Subject: "My favorite subject in school is math."

Favorite Restaurant: "My favorite restaurant is Chili’s."

Favorite Website: "My favorite website is ESPN." 

Other Family Members: "I am the oldest child of five children. I have a sister in 10th grade, a brother in 8th grade, and a twin brother and sister in 6th grade. My parents both work at Park High School." 

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