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Bug Tussel Wireless Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: MyKenzie Leccia, Somerset

10/21/2021, 11:00am CDT
By Norbert Durst

The Bug Tussel Wireless Triple Threat Athlete of the Week is an honor given on to the top senior boys and girls three-sport athletes in the state. Players are recognized each week on WSN, with the a boys and girls winner of the Pat Richter Award at the end of the season to the best three-sport athlete of the year.

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Name: MyKenzie Leccia
School: Somerset High School 
Year: Senior 

Volleyball Honors: Four-year varsity performer for the Spartans... coached by Amber Vrieze... helped the team advance to a Division 2 regional final as a junior playing the middle hitter spot with a number of teammates in COVID-19 quarantine... floor captain and outside hitter as a senior... helped team to a three-seed in the WIAA Playoffs and 23-8 regular-season record... named Middle Border honorable mention all-conference as a senior... 

Basketball Honors: Enters her senior year as a three-year varsity performer for the Spartans... coached by Cory Lindenberg... started at point guard as a sophomore and contributed 4.7 points, 2.8 assists, and 3.1 steals per game... as a junior was named second-team all-Middle Border... the 5-10 point guard averaged 9.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 3.8 steals per game for the 15-10 Spartans which advanced to a Division 2 sectional semifinal... scored a career-best 19 points in a 57-56 win over Altoona in a regional final, which was the program's first D2 regional title... finished in the top 10 in the state in assists and top 20 in steals per game as a junior... 

Softball Honors: Enters her senior year as a two-year varsity performer for the Spartans (sophomore year wiped out due to COVID-19)... coached by Cory Lindenberg... named honorable mention all-Middle Border playing center field as a freshman... batted .387 with just eight strikeouts... selected first-team all-conference as a catcher and shortstop as a junior... carried a .438 batting average and a .518 on-base percentage, and was 7-for-7 on stolen base attempts... threw out six of the eight runners trying to steal while playing catcher... helped lead the Spartans to a 16-7 record and first regional championship in program history... five of their losses were against teams that reached the state tournament... 

Favorite Sport (and why): "I love softball. The people I’ve met through club softball and the coaches I’ve had have encouraged me in more ways than one. The feeling of being the one to hit the winning run in or advance the runner in order to win is the best feeling. I told my club team the reason why I love playing was because I love winning, but it isn’t just that. I love winning or losing if everyone gives their best effort (and usually everyone does)."

Best Part of High School Sports (and why): "You get a built-in family in school all year round. My teammates have become some of my best friends in high school."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "My dad --the assistant girls' basketball coach-- tells me all the time to 'Calm down and breathe'." 

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "Helping lead the softball team to our first regional championship in school history against Altoona 11-1! We run-ruled them and earned a fast victory!"

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "I am able to expand my athleticism in different ways, and being able to play with different girls, and getting to know my teammates better!"

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "The fact that I’m rarely home because of practices and games after school makes it difficult to get my work done at home. I have to get it done at school or use my time wisely to get work done."

Favorite Opponent (and why): "My favorite opponent I’ve played over the course of all my years of playing would be Baldwin-Woodville. They have pushed me to work harder and get better. They have such good athletic teams that you can’t just sit back and play at 80 percent, you have to play 110 percent because they will come at you fast!" 

Favorite Professional Team: "I don’t have a favorite professional team, but I do love watching collegiate and Athletes Unlimited softball! They have such athletic players who love the game of softball. They make it so fun to watch."

Favorite Professional Athlete: "My favorite professional athlete is Michael Jordan because of his work ethic and mindset when he stepped on the basketball court."

Favorite College Team: "My favorite College Team is the Women’s UConn basketball team. They have so many talented players and I’ve looked up to Paige Bueckers since forever because of how hard she worked to reach her goal."

Cumulative GPA: 4.015 

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against (and why): "I have two people. Isabella Lenz in basketball and Morgan Smetena in softball. Lenz is a very talented basketball player who scored 51 points on our basketball team my sophomore year. I’ve played against Smetena in softball since 12u softball and has been the hardest pitcher I’ve had to go against. She is an incredible softball player." 

Most Admired High School Teammate (and why): "I most admire my teammate Madison Trautmiller. She plays volleyball, hockey, and softball and works incredibly hard at doing her best. I always turn to her for advice in volleyball and she’s the biggest supporter of my accomplishments outside of my family! I am so lucky to have her as my teammate."

College Plans: "I am planning on playing basketball and softball in college. I either want to major in Exercise Sports Science or teaching, and minor in coaching!" 

Activities Outside of Sports: "I am in the National Honors Society and in Student Council. And during the day for 30 minutes, I am in a book club!" 

I Find it Relaxing to: "Find a quiet spot to sit down and read, with relaxing music on in the background." 

Favorite TV Show: "Fate: The Winx Saga is my favorite show (waiting for season 2 to come out)!" 

Favorite Movie: "Any Marvel movie, but Captain America: The First Avenger is the best!"

Favorite Musical Artist: "I love listening to Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj before games and Neena Rose music (I found her on TikTok)." 

Favorite Subject: "I love math -- especially Geometry-- and Accounting (the numbers part, not the words)." 

Favorite Restaurant: "My favorite formal restaurant is Olive Garden and my favorite fast food restaurant is Chipotle."

Favorite Website: "I love making TikToks with my teammates and friends!"

Other Family Members: "My Mom is Michelle Leccia, my dad is Jeremy Leccia, my brother is Dylan Leccia (sophomore), and I have three dogs: Dionysus, Demeter, and Apollo." 

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