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Bug Tussel Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Lindsey Nell, Winnebago Lutheran

10/27/2023, 10:15am CDT
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: Lindsey Nell 

School: Winnebago Lutheran Academy 

Volleyball Honors: Two-year starter as a middle hitter for coach Emily Krause and the Vikings... helped WLA capture the Flyway title as a junior... named second-team all-conference as a junior... senior year, averaged 1.9 kills per set and 1.3 blocks per match for the 21-12 Vikings... 

Basketball Honors: Two-year varsity for coach Eric Schraufnagel and the Vikings... voted first-team all-Flyway as a sophomore and junior... helped the Vikings secure a share of the conference title (Laconia)... she helped lead WLA to a Division 4 regional championship (beating 2022-23 D5 state champion Randolph)... the Vikings lost to league foe and eventual D4 state champion Laconia in a sectional semifinal to end the year 23-4 overall... the 6-0 wing averaged 16.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 3.2 steals per game as a junior... enters her senior year with 803 career points... she is committed to Olivet Nazarene University, an NAIA program in Illinois... 

Softball Honors: Enters her senior year as a two-year varsity performer for coach Riley Westphal and the Vikings... as a junior, carried a .383 batting average and took home honorable mention all-conference... helped the Vikings capture a share of the Flyway Championship (Mayville) and a Division 3 regional final appearance, finishing the year with an 18-3 overall record... 

Favorite Sport (and why): “I love playing all three sports, but my favorite is basketball. I like basketball the most because I feel like I can always push myself to play harder to make an impact on the game. I love the fast-paced aspect, and how it is so easy to make up for mistakes. I also like how there are so many different ways to improve my game.”

Best Part of High School Sports (and why): “The best part of high school sports is always being busy. It is an experience that not everyone gets to have, getting to go to practice with my best friends after a long day at school is always the best part of my day.”

Best Advice from a High School Coach: “My dad (varsity boys coach) has always pushed me to work as hard as I can in everything I do, even when no one is watching.”

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: “Winning Conference Championships in all three sports my junior year.”

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: “I love playing three sports because it keeps me busy and motivated. I always have something to improve on.”

Most Difficult Part of Playing Three Sports: “It can be difficult at times to balance sports with school and other things I enjoy. Having good time management is really important in being a student-athlete.”

Favorite Opponent (and why): “Saint Mary Springs, we always have really competitive games in all three sports, and it’s always a fun atmosphere when we play them.”

Favorite Professional Team: Milwaukee Bucks

Favorite Professional Athlete: Tyler Herro

Favorite College Team: Olivet Nazarene Tigers!

Cumulative GPA: 3.6

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against (and why): “Brooklyn Wood, she is hard to guard because she has a quick shot and is quick off the dribble. She will do great things at Bemidji State!” 

Most Admired High School Teammate (and why): “Abby Cole, we always work hard and push each other in practice and it makes both of us better. We play every sport together and have grown up watching our brothers play sports, so we know what it takes to be successful, and I think that's why we work so hard together.”

College Plans: “I will be attending Olivet Nazarene University to study Interior Design and play basketball.”

Activities Outside of Sports: “I enjoy hanging out with friends, and going shopping.”

Favorite TV Show: Outer Banks

Favorite Movie: Step Brothers

Favorite Musical Artist: Morgan Wallen

Favorite Subject: Psychology

Favorite Restaurant: Qdoba

Favorite Website/App: Snapchat

Other Family Members: Marty (Dad), Jenny (Mom), Casey (older brother), Carson (older brother), and Dash (dog)

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