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Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Ava Hanson, Oshkosh North

04/25/2024, 1:15pm 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: Ava Hanson

School: Oshkosh North High School 

Cross Country Honors: Four-year varsity runner for the Spartans... earned Team Impact player award as a junior and senior... coached by Steven Danza... 

Basketball Honors: Four-year varsity starter for the Spartans... honorable mention all-FVA as a junior... first-team all-conference as a senior... team captain as a junior and senior... fourth player in Oshkosh North girls' basketball history to score 1,000 career points... selected to play in the Division 1 WBCA All-Star Game in June at JustAgame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells... the 5-7 guard averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.5 steals per game as a senior... finished fourth in the FVA in scoring (17.2 ppg)... third in program history with 228 assists in her career... her 95 assists as a senior are the 6th-most in a single season in program history... third in program history in points in a season (438) and fourth all-time in scoring (1,001)... coached by Rick Leib as a senior; Jayme Engen her first three seasons... 

Softball Honors: Four-year varsity starter for the Spartans... honorable mention FVA as an infielder as a sophomore... honorable mention all-conference as a utility player as a junior... team captain as a junior and senior... coached by Keith Koslowski... 

Favorite Sport (and why): "My favorite sport is basketball because I love the fast pace and physical part of the game. I also really like that there are so many aspects of the game. It makes it fun and always different."

Best Part of High School Sports (and why): "The best part of high school sports are the friendships I’ve made. Every sport I’ve played I’ve always had a ton of fun with my teammates and friends. I’ve created some of the best memories with my teammates and coaches whether we are at practice, team dinners, or ice cream runs after games we are always having a good time."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "It’s ok to make mistakes. I can’t let one mistake affect how I perform the rest of the game. My coaches always tell me to move on to the next at-bat, possession, or race. Everyone has off days but I have to move on and keep working hard to get better."

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "Scoring my 1,000th point in the regional game against Eau Claire Memorial with a minute left in the game."  

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "The best part about playing three sports is I always have something to look forward to. I always get to look forward to a game or a race and it’s always exciting. Another great part about playing three sports is all of the relationships and connections I’ve gained because of playing multiple sports with multiple different people. I’ve met some of my best friends by playing different sports."

Most Difficult Part of Playing Three Sports: "The most difficult part of playing three sports is sometimes it can be exhausting since there isn’t a big break between sports and once the season gets going it’s very busy."

Favorite Opponent (and why): "My favorite opponent is Oshkosh West because the rivalry games are always super fun and the energy and atmosphere is always different from other games." 

Favorite Professional Team(s): "My favorite NBA teams are the Bucks and Pacers. My favorite NFL teams are the Packers and Dolphins. And my favorite MLB team is the Brewers!"

Favorite Professional Athlete: Caitlin Clark 

Favorite College Team(s): Wisconsin Badgers and Iowa Hawkeyes women’s basketball teams 

Cumulative GPA: 3.98

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against (and why): "Braelee Jodarski from Oshkosh West. Braelee and I play the same three sports and have competed against each other since middle school. She’s very athletic and skilled in every sport and always fun to compete against."

Most Admired High School Teammate (and why): "Most admired high school teammates are Noelle Frank and Mollie Bittner because when they were both seniors they took me in under their wing as I was an intimated freshman. They made softball very fun and were always there to cheer me up as being a freshman on varsity was challenging. Still today they are good friends of mine and help me whenever I need it!"

College Plans: "I plan to play basketball somewhere just not sure where yet. I just need to make up my mind where I want to go. I am undecided in what I want to major in."

Activities Outside of Sports: "I really enjoy camping with my family and friends. I also really like to hunt with my dad and sister."

Favorite TV Show: Body Cam  

Favorite Movie: The Lion King 

Favorite Musical Artist: Tate McRae or Morgan Wallen 

Favorite Subject: "Gym. I don’t have a favorite real subject."

Favorite Restaurant: "Everything. I love every restaurant." 

Favorite Website/App: TikTok

Other Family Members: "Mom (Jodi), dad (Matt), sister (Rica), brother and sister-in-law (Corey and Michaela), my nephew (Daniel), and my cat Sunny." 

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