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Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Kara Sowinski, Three Lakes

09/09/2021, 12:00pm CDT
By Norbert Durst

Name: Kara Sowinski
School: Three Lakes High School 
Year: Senior 

Volleyball Honors: Entered her senior year as a three-year letter winner for coach Jayme Wyss and the Bluejays... first-team all-Northern Lakes as a sophomore and junior... WVCA Division 4 honorable mention all-state as a junior... academic all-conference as a sophomore and junior... earned Bluejay leadership award and team-man-ship award as a junior... helped lead Three Lakes to two conference titles, and a sectional final appearance as a junior... surpassed 2,000 career assists... team captain as a senior... Three Lakes is currently ranked No. 3 in the WVCA Division 4 State Rankings with a 14-3 record... the 5-foot-2 setter has compiled 387 assists and 124 digs so far this season... 

Basketball Honors: Enters her senior year as a three-year varsity letter winner for coach George Lurvey and the Bluejays... named second-team all-Northern Lakes as a sophomore and junior... three-year team captain... academic all-conference as a sophomore and junior... selected as team co-MVP as a junior... helped lead the Bluejays to a Division 5 state runner-up finish as a junior and a 20-6 overall record... Bluejays ended Black Hawk's 75-game winning streak in a state semifinal, which was the third-longest winning streak in state history... the 5-foot-2 point guard averaged 8.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists (T-3rd in state), and 2.6 steals per contest as a junior... 

Track & Field Honors: Three-year letter winner entering her senior year for coach Andy Wyss and the Bluejays... part of 4x100 meter relay state champion team as a freshman... state qualifier in pole vault as a junior... first-team all-conference as a freshman and junior... academic all-conference as a junior... 

Favorite Sport (and why): "Volleyball has been my favorite sport since I started playing in sixth grade. I have always enjoyed being on the court with my friends. I arrive at every practice excited to play, no matter what skill we are working on that day." 

Best Part of High School Sports (and why): "My favorite part of high school sports is getting the opportunity to have fun with my friends, while also staying active."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "The best advice I have received from a high school coach is from my basketball coach, George Lurvey. He always reminds my teammates and me, 'If you want to be successful in life, you have to wake up with a winner’s mentality and be willing to put in the hard work. This applies to everything on and off the basketball court'."

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "The best memory I have while playing high school sports is beating Black Hawk in the state semi-final my junior season of basketball." 

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "Being a three-sport athlete provides variety in my life. I am able to form relationships with teammates on multiple teams, as well as keep things interesting rather than participate in one sport year-round."

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "The most challenging part about playing three sports is trying to balance the time commitments for practices and games, school, and my social life."

Favorite Opponent (and why): "My favorite opponent was actually a teammate of mine on the track team, Emily Fink. Although I could never beat her in the 100-meter dash, she always pushed me and encouraged me to perform my best."

Favorite Professional Team: Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Bucks

Favorite Professional Athlete: Patrick Mahomes

Favorite College Team: Wisconsin Badgers

Cumulative GPA: 4.0

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against (and why): "The toughest individual I have competed against is Dorci Walker. She is an amazing outside hitter who attends Columbus Catholic High School. She is able to see the floor really well and always causes trouble for our defense on the volleyball court." 

Most Admired High School Teammate (and why): "Although all of my former and current teammates have qualities that make them admirable, I especially admire the hard work, dedication, and humbleness of Sydney Lurvey and Mari Szews." 

College Plans: "I plan to attend St. Norbert College in the fall of 2022, and major in Biochemistry."

Activities Outside of Sports: "When I am not playing sports, I enjoy traveling, outdoor activities, and spending time with friends and family."

I Find it Relaxing to: "Spend time at the beach."

Favorite TV Show: Outer Banks

Favorite Movie: The Sandlot

Favorite Musical Artist: Morgan Wallen

Favorite Subject: Chemistry

Favorite Restaurant: Casa Mexicana

Favorite Website:

Other Family Members: Paul, father; Tunie, mother; Lauren, sister; Maddie, sister; and Brad, brother. 

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