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Bug Tussel Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Jack Janke, Ellsworth

06/30/2022, 11:30am CDT
By Mark Miller

The Bug Tussel 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: Jack Janke

High School: Ellsworth

Grade: Senior

Football Honors: First-team all-Middle Border Conference pick at quarterback and defensive back in 2021 ... First-team all-state pick at defensive back as a senior ... Helped Ellsworth to a 12-1 record and a second-place finish in the WIAA Division 4 playoffs in 2021 ... Passed for 1,188 yards and rushed for 543 yards last season ... Ran for 16 touchdowns and passed for another 12 for coach Rob Heller's league-championship team. 

Basketball Honors: Four-year varsity performer for Ellsworth and coach Jordan Petersen ... Averaged 20.0 points per game and earned first-team all-Middle Border Conference laurels as a senior ... Scored a career-high 34 points in a victory over Baldwin-Woodville as a junior ... The 6-foot-2 guard earned second-team all-league honors as a junior.

Track & Field Honors: Member of Ellsworth's WIAA Division 2 state-champion 4x100 and second-place 4x200 relay teams as a senior ... School record holder in the both relays events ... Middle Border Conference 100-meter dash champion ... Qualified for state as a senior in the 100 in addition to the two relay squads.

Favorite Sport: "Football is my favorite sport because it’s the first sport I fell in love with. I also love it for all of the lessons it’s taught me and the joy it’s brought to my life."  

Best Part of High School Sports: "Getting to play for my dad (assistant coach Jason Janke) in football. It was an incredibly special experience."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "Work hard; believe, and good things will happen."

Most Memorable Moments in High School Sports: "Winning our level 4 football game in Marshfield in 2021 to go to the state championship."

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "Constantly being able to compete and experiencing the different things that each sport has to offer."

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "Making the quick transition into basketball after making a run to the state championship in football."

Favorite Opponent: "In football, Northwestern. In basketball, New Richmond. In track, Prescott’s relay teams."

Favorite Professional Teams: Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks

Favorite Professional Athlete: Damian Lillard

Favorite College Teams: UMD Bulldogs

Cumulative GPA: 3.8

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against: "CJ Campbell from New Richmond in basketball. Every time we played them in basketball, one of us would have a really good game and most of them were very competitive and went down to the wire."

Biggest Challenge of COVID-19: "Not knowing when or if we’d be able to compete again, but continuing to work hard as a team."
Most Admired High School Teammate: "Ashten Quade. He’s freakishly talented and one of the hardest workers I know. As fantastic of an athlete as he is, he’s an even better person off of the field/track."

College Plans: Attending the University of Minnesota Duluth to play football

Activities Outside of High School Sports: "Not in any clubs or organizations, but I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with my friends and family."

I Find it Relaxing to: "Work out, run, go fishing, watch movies, or go out to eat."

Favorite TV show: Modern Family

Favorite Movie: Miracle

Favorite Musical Artists: Lil Wayne, Drake, Kanye

Favorite Subject: Math or Social Studies

Favorite Restaurant: Chipolte

Favorite Website: YouTube

Other Family Members: Jason, father; Chanda, mother; Molly, sister; Luke, brother; Mac, dog.

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