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Bug Tussel Wireless Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Lily Hansford, Appleton East

11/18/2021, 11:15am CST
By Norbert Durst

The Bug Tussel Wireless Triple Threat Athlete of the Week is an honor given on WisSports.net 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: Lily Hansford
School: Appleton East High School
Year: Senior 

Tennis Honors: Four-year letter winner... second-team all-FRCC as a freshman at Ashwaubenon... honorable mention all-FVA as a senior... coached by Anthony Palma at Appleton East... 

Basketball Honors: Four-year varsity starter... FRCC honorable mention as a freshman at Ashwaubenon... named second-team all-FVA as a sophomore and junior... coached by Joe LaChapell... the 6-2 wing averaged 13.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game as a junior for the 19-4 Patriots which advanced to a Division 1 regional final... shot 72-for-166 (43.4%) from 3-point land as a junior... currently has 854 career points... signed with NCAA Division I Oregon State University... part of a strong Appleton East squad that is ranked No. 1 in the WSN Preseason Top 10 in Division 1... 

Softball Honors: Enters her senior year as a two-year letter winner... coached by Jerry Delong... 

Favorite Sport (and why): "Basketball because it is a creative sport and I love the competition." 

Best Part of High School Sports (and why): "Competing multiple times a week with my teammates." 

Best Advice from a Coach: "Don't be afraid to be great"

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "First game with Appleton East in 10th grade at Freedom. Gym was packed, crowd was electric and the game was super competitive in a 77-71 win." 

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "My teammates, the competition, and staying in shape." 

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "The daily grind, no days off but that is also what makes it fun."

Favorite Opponent (and why): "The FVA Conference.  Best conference in the state.  Every game is tough and brings new challenges."

Favorite Professional Team: Milwaukee Bucks

Favorite Professional Athlete: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Favorite College Team: Oregon State University

Cumulative GPA: 3.714

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against (and why): "Emily La Chapell in practice. We compete and get after each other every day in practice to make each other better." 

Most Admired High School Teammate (and why): "Again Emily. I have known her since 3rd grade, played AAU with her since 4th, and now high school. Great person better athlete." 

College Plans: "Signed my NLI to Oregon State University for basketball and academics." 

Activities Outside of Sports: "Cooking, swimming, and skiing." 

I Find it Relaxing to: "Listen to music and spending time with my family and friends."

Favorite TV Show: "I don't really watch TV."

Favorite Musical Artist: Rhianna

Favorite Subject: Math and Science

Favorite Restaurant: Buffalo Wild Wings

Other Family Members: Todd, Edie, and Luke Hansford (junior at Marquette University)

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