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Bug Tussel Wireless Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Kale Hopke, Amery

04/28/2022, 11:15am CDT
By Mark Miller

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: Kale Hopke

High School: Amery

Grade: Senior

Football Honors: Four-year varsity starter and four-year letter winner for Amery ... Passed for 2,990 career yards nd 22 touchdowns while rushing for 280 yards and seven touchdowns ... Played quarterback and defensive back for coaches Jesse Rose and Ryan Humpel ... Served as the Warriors' team captain.

Wrestling Honors: Four time WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament qualifier ... Named to the All-Academic team ... Won the 195-pound Division 2 state championship and finished 23-0 on the season as a junior ... Finished runner-up at 195 as a senior at state and completed season with a 42-11 record ... Helped Amery to consecutive Division 2 state team wrestling titles. 

Baseball Honors: One of the better pitching prospects in the state, Hopke holds the Amery single-season strikeout record by recording 117 strikeouts and the single-game strikeout mark, fanning 19 in one contest ... Also holds the school career strikeout record with 208 and counting ... Captain and first-team all-Middle Border Conference pitcher as a junior.

Favorite Sport: "Baseball because I’ve always had a strong arm and I love pitching."

Best Part of High School Sports: "Winning back-to-back team state titles in wrestling."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "Don’t let the wins and losses define who you are."

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "Winning individual state wrestling titles with my brother."

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "Always going, never being able to stop and be lazy."

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "Never being able to settle into one sport while not getting ready for the other sport."

Favorite Opponent: "Nick Carlson of Osceola in every sport."

Favorite Professional Teams: Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings

Favorite Professional Athlete: Bryon Buxton of the Minnesota Twins

Favorite College Teams: Vanderbilt baseball, North Carolina baseball and Alabama football

Cumulative GPA: 3.4

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against: "Myself."

Biggest Challenge of COVID-19: "Not being able to compete with teams from different areas. Wrestling while wearing a mask."
Most Admired High School Teammate: "My brother, Koy."

College Plans: Play baseball at North Dakota State

Activities Outside of High School Sports: "Golf, weight lifting, hunting and fishing."

I Find it Relaxing to: "Sleep and play golf."

Favorite TV show: The Office

Favorite Movie: Happy Gilmore

Favorite Musical Artists: NF

Favorite Subject: History

Favorite Restaurant: Chinese Buffet

Favorite Website: Instagram

Other Family Members: Bryon, father; Stacy, mother; Koy, brother.

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