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Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Adam Skifton, Onalaska

04/05/2024, 11:15am CDT
By Mark Miller

The 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 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.

The Triple Threat Athlete of the Week is presented by the U.S. Marine Corps. The award recognizes student athletes who embody the spirit of teamwork, perseverance, and discipline across multiple sports. The mission of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Milwaukee is to find qualified men and women in Wisconsin and the surrounding area interested in becoming a United States Marine. Marines maintain the legacy of the Marine Corps by winning our nations battles and returning to their communities as quality citizens whether they are active duty or reservist. The coveted title of Marine applies only to those who graduate from the Recruit Depots or Officer Candidate School. RS Milwaukee will provide any qualified man or woman the opportunity to attend the training required to become a Marine - Enlisted or Officer.

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Adam Skifton

Name: Adam Skifton

High School: Onalaska

Class: Senior

Football Honors: Two-time first-team all-Mississippi Valley Conference selection at quarterback ... Passed for 5,635 yards and 69 touchdowns during his prep career ... Helped Onalaska to league titles and a 20-5 record under coach Tom Yashinsky the past two seasons ... Davie Kreig award winner from WSN as the state's top senior quarterback.

Basketball Honors: Three-year varsity performer for coach Craig Kowal at Onalaska ... Helped the Hilltoppers to an 18-7 record and the Mississippi Valley Conference crown as a senior by averaging 8.1 points and 4.5 rebounds ... Honorable mention all-conference choice in 2023-24 ... One of the better defenders in the La Crosse area the past three seasons. 

Baseball Honors: Helped Onalaska to a share of the Mississippi Valley Conference title with Aquinas as a junior ... Honorable mention pick as a pitcher for the Hilltoppers as a sophomore and junior ... Plans to play golf as a senior.   

Favorite Sport: "Football is my favorite sport. It's the largest team and that leads to lots of connections with my teammates."

Best Part of High School Sports: "Building relationships with teammates I have grown up with."

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "Advancing to Level 4 in the football playoffs as a junior. That is the farthest any team from Onalaska has ever advanced."

Which Person or Persons Have Served as Positive Role Models: "My Dad and two older brothers, we are a competitive family. And my football coach, Tom Yashinsky, who is an honest person who helped me grow during my time as a player and leader."

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "Competing year round."

Most Difficult Part of Playing Three Sports: "Managing my time."

Favorite Opponent: Holmen

Toughest Individual You've Competed Against: "Kon Knueppel of Wisconsin Lutheran in basketball."

Favorite Professional Teams: Minnesota Vikings

Favorite Professional Athlete: Justin Jefferson

Favorite College Team: Minnesota Gophers

Cumulative GPA: 4.0

Most Admired High School Teammate: Isaac Skemp

College Plans: "I plan to attend Augustana in South Dakota and play football."

Activities Outside of Sports: "I like to spend my free time with family and friends."

Favorite TV Shows: Family Guy

Favorite Movie: The Hangover

Favorite Musical Artists: Luke Combs

Favorite Subject: Math

Favorite Restaurant: Texas Roadhouse

Favorite Website: ESPN

Other Family Members: Russ, father; Jennifer, mother; Noah, Cod, siblings.

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