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Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Mackenzie Tarman, Turtle Lake

04/11/2024, 11:00am CDT
By Norbert Durst

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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Name: Mackenzie Tarman

School: Turtle Lake High School

Volleyball Honors: Four-time first-team all-conference selection in the Lakeland Central... conference player of the year as a senior... honorable mention Division 4 WVCA all-state as a senior... coached by Janie Nyhus... 

Basketball Honors: Four-time all-conference performer for the Lakers... second-team all-conference as a freshman... first-team all-league as a sophomore, junior, and senior... Lakeland West Player of the Year as a senior... honorable mention Division 5 WBCA all-state as a junior... first-team Division 5 WBCA all-state as a senior... coached by Keefe Tarman... the 6-0 guard averaged 23.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 4.1 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game as a senior for the Lakers... finished her career with 1,971 points and 808 rebounds... 

Softball Honors: Joined the softball team as a senior... coached by Scott Mateski... 

Track & Field Honors: Entered her senior year as a three-year varsity performer for the Lakers.. first-team all-conference as a freshman, sophomore, and junior... WIAA Division 3 state qualifier in the high jump and 100-meter hurdles as a sophomore... coached by Lori Catlin and Heidi Plooy... 

Favorite Sport (and why): "Volleyball because I love the thrill of it. And my team did well all four years so that was fun!" 

Best Part of High School Sports (and why): "Being able to compete while also having fun with the sport. Making friends and doing activities with people from school."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "We are champions no matter the outcome of the season." 

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "Winning a Division 4 Regional Championship in volleyball against Clayton my junior year." 

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "Being active all year round."

Most Difficult Part of Playing Three Sports: "Being busy and trying to make time for other things throughout the year."

Favorite Opponent (and why): "Clayton because they’ve always been a rival of ours. It tends to bring more people to the gym and makes the game more fun."

Favorite Professional Team: Green Bay Packers

Favorite Professional Athlete: Sydney McLaughlin 

Favorite College Team: Wisconsin Badgers 

Cumulative GPA: 3.361

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against (and why): "Ava Washburn. She’s super fast and competitive." 

Most Admired High School Teammate (and why): "My older and younger sister. Because of how much commitment and dedication they have to the sport."

College Plans: "Attend UW-Eau Claire, majoring in Nursing." 

Activities Outside of Sports: "Hanging out with my family. I also really enjoy reading."

Favorite TV Show: All-American 

Favorite Movie: Avatar

Favorite Musical Artist: Rihanna 

Favorite Subject: English

Favorite Restaurant: Chick-fil’A

Favorite Website/App: TikTok

Other Family Members: My dad (Keefe), mom (JoDee), sisters (Courtney and Lexi), and brother (Brody).

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