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Bug Tussel Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Macy Donarski, Aquinas

01/20/2023, 12:00pm CST
By Norbert Durst

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: Macy Donarski

School: Aquinas High School 

Grad Year: 2023

Volleyball Honors: Four-year varsity performer for the Blugolds... coached by Nellie George... as a freshman, was part of the team that captured the Mississippi Valley Conference title and finished the year as the WIAA Division 3 state runner-up... received second-team WVCA all-state as a sophomore... as a junior, recorded her 1,000th career assist... first-team all-conference... honorable mention WVCA all-state... first-team all-La Crosse Tribune... senior year surpassed 2,000 career kills... first-team all-conference... honorable mention WVCA all-state... AVCA all-region... AVCA honorable mention all-American... first-team all-Tribune... finished career with 2,308 assists: 9.1 assists per set... 828 career digs: 2.4 digs per set... 

Basketball Honors: Four-year starter for the Blugolds... coached by her father Dave Donarski... freshman year helped the team advance to the Division 4 state championship game that was later canceled due to COVID-19... honorable mention all-conference and honorable mention all-Tribune... helped lead the Blugolds to a Division 3 state runner-up finish as a sophomore... WBCA Division 3 all-state... third-team AP all-state... first-team all-Tribune... junior year was named first-team all-conference, first-team all-Tribune, WBCA Division 4 all-state, and second-team AP all-state... scored her 1,000th career point as a junior... McDonald's all-American nominee... Aquinas has won 84 consecutive Mississippi Valley Conference games (the longest active conference winning streak in the state)... the 5-8 point guard is averaging 20 points, 5.5 rebounds, 8.1 assists (state best), and 5.3 steals per game for the 14-1 Blugolds, ranked No. 1 in the Division 4 Coaches Poll... currently has 1,431 career points, also has 569 assists and 392 steals in career... committed to NCAA Division I University of Montana... 

Track & Field Honors: Enters her senior year as a two-year varsity performer... freshman year was canceled due to COVID-19... as a sophomore, first-team all-conference in the 4x200... finished 4th place at state in the 4x200 and 8th in the 4x100... junior year was first-team all-conference in the 4x200 and second-team all-conference in the 4x100... sectional qualifier in the 4x200 and 4x100... coached by Geoff Wilhelmy... 

Favorite Sport (and why): "My favorite sport is basketball because of the family environment you are able to create with your teammates. It has been a huge part of my family at home for as long as I can remember, so my love for the game has just continued to grow."

Best Part of High School Sports (and why): "The best part of high school sports has been being able to build lifelong friendships while competing at a very high level together. I love the atmosphere behind high school sports and the way that your whole school can rally around the successes of your team."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: “'I have never met anyone that has been successful without putting in the work'. This has been a reminder to me that, day in and day out, I need to work harder than anyone around me."

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "My most memorable moment was being able to experience the state basketball tournament with my dad coaching and sister as a teammate freshman year." 

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "The best part of playing three sports is having the opportunity to always be active while being surrounded by your best friends. Also, the cross-training you experience by playing three sports provides you the opportunity to develop into a better overall athlete." 

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "Playing three sports keeps me really busy, so managing my time between the three was probably the toughest part."

Favorite Opponent (and why): "[La Crosse] Central, the inner city rivalry always brings a great crowd." 

Favorite Professional Team: Milwaukee Bucks

Favorite Professional Athlete: Steph Curry

Favorite College Team: The Lady Griz!    

Cumulative GPA: 3.98

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against: KK Arnold, Germantown (UConn recruit) 

Most Admired High School Teammate (and why): "Lexi (sister), as a volleyball and basketball teammate my freshman year, showed me how to be a vocal leader, be the hardest worker in the gym, and pushed me to continue to always want to get better." 

College Plans: "I plan to play basketball at the University of Montana and major in communicative sciences and disorders."

Activities Outside of Sports: "IMPACT, National Honors Society, and Meals on Wheels." 

I Find it Relaxing to: "To be on the river and hangout with friends."

Favorite TV Show: All American

Favorite Movie: Step Brothers

Favorite Musical Artist: SZA

Favorite Subject: Math

Favorite Restaurant: Chick-fil-A

Favorite Website: Instagram

Other Family Members: Dave Donarski - dad, Pam Donarski - mom, Lexi Donarski - sister

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