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: Paeton Kringel
School: New London High School
Tennis Honors: State qualifier as a senior... first-team all-Bay Conference... Team MVP... coached by Sarah Flohr...
Basketball Honors: Four-year varsity performer... honorable mention all-conference as a junior and senior... coached by Cody Clark... team MVP... Team Captain... averaged 10.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 3.1 steals per game as a senior...
Softball Honors: Varsity starter since her freshman year for coach Tony Porath and the Bulldogs... second-team all-conference as a freshman... Bay Conference Player of the Year as a junior... WFSCA first-team all-district... WFSCA first-team all-state... team MVP... team captain... committed to NCAA Division I UW-Green Bay...
Favorite Sport (and why): "My favorite sport that I play is softball. I started playing when I was 4-years-old, and it started with tee-ball. I have always had a love for the game. I love the intensity, the energy, and overall just the way the game is played. All of the cheering, diving in the dirt, striking someone out, and hitting an awesome hit are all parts of the game that I love. I feel like my happy place is being on that softball diamond. An added bonus that I have experienced is starting and learning how to play the game I love with my father teaching me. He started me out in softball, and has taught and coached me all the way through it. We have developed an unbreakable bond through our love for the game. I started playing softball at a young age, and am fortunate to be able to continue playing softball at UWGB next year. I will forever be grateful for the amazing things softball has brought and gave to me."
Best Part of High School Sports (and why): "The best part about high school sports for me is all of the people I met, and the relationships created with my teammates. Every team has different dynamics, but every team that I have been a part of in my high school career has felt like a family."
Best Advice from a High School Coach: "The best advice that I have received from a high school coach is to always play every game like it’s your last since we never know when it will be our last, so always give it your all. This advice has become prevalent in my life recently. Since tearing my ACL, I have truly realized to never take any games, practices, anything for granted; because you never know when or if you’ll ever get it back. Always give whatever you do everything you have."
Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "The most memorable moment in my high school sports career was the feeling I felt when I played at the state tennis tournament my senior year. The feeling of finally accomplishing my goal to make it to the state tournament, and to finish my tennis career at the highest level possible. But also the feeling of having my whole town, school, and family behind me and supporting me."
Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "The best part about playing three sports throughout my whole high school career is being able to meet and build such great friendships with so many different people. It feels as if no matter what season I am in, I’ve always had that second family behind me."
Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "While playing three sports, I have learned how to manage my academic and co-curricular responsibilities. I would not trade being a three-sport athlete in high school and firmly believe that the sports that I have been involved with the last four years have made me a better person and student-athlete."
Favorite Opponent (and why): "My favorite opponent to play is West De Pere. When we play them it is always a fun, energetic, and competitive game, no matter what sport we are playing them in."
Favorite Professional Team: Milwaukee Bucks, Brewers and the Green Bay Packers
Favorite Professional Athlete: Lorenzo Cain
Favorite College Team: UWGB Softball
Cumulative GPA: 3.792
Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against (and why): "One of the toughest individuals I have competed with is Seymour as a whole team. It always seems to be a close game, and a battle for the higher conference seed with them."
Most Admired High School Teammate (and why): "My most admired High School Teammate would be Kate Christian. My freshman year Kate was a senior. I was lucky enough to have all three of my sports seasons with her - tennis, basketball, and softball. Kate is the perfect definition of a great teammate. She leads by example, wants the best for every teammate, and treats everyone with kindness and respect. I remember being afraid coming into sports my freshman year, and Kate being the most welcoming teammate. I have built a life-long friendship with Kate, and am extremely happy I had the opportunity to be her teammate."
College Plans: "I plan to attend the University of Wisconsin Green Bay next year to study human biology, and to continue my softball career."
Activities Outside of Sports: "I love to do anything outdoors. I love hunting, fishing, hiking; anything that gets me outside!"
I Find it Relaxing to: "I find it relaxing to be sitting in a boat fishing on the water. Or to be sitting up in a treestand hunting. I love nature and being outdoors. I find peace being in the fresh air surrounded by nature."
Favorite TV Show: Law & Order SVU
Favorite Movie: The Greatest Showmen
Favorite Musical Artist: Shawn Mendes
Favorite Subject: Science
Favorite Restaurant: Black Otter Supper Club
Favorite Website: Amazon
Other Family Members: Mom (Bobbi), Dad (Cris), Older Sister (Alexis)