Jenna Orr of Rice Lake has been selected as the 2012-13 recipient of the Pat Richter Award presented by WisSports.net as the Triple Play Triple Threat Male Athlete of the Year.
The Triple Play Triple Threat of the Week is an honor given on WisSports.net to the top senior boys and girls three-sport athletes in the state and is sponsored by the local community telephone companies of Wisconsin. At the end of the school year, those awarded with the weekly honor are eligible for the Pat Richter Award, which will go out to the top boys and girls three-sport athlete of the season.
Hugh V. "Pat" Richter is one of Wisconsin's most storied student-athletes in state history. He was a three-sport athlete at Madison East High School, competing in football, basketball and baseball. He went on to fame at the University of Wisconsin, earning nine varsity letters in three sports and would later become the Athletic Director at Wisconsin.
Past winners of the award include Kailee Kamps of Belmont (2011-12), Kendall Wienkes of Highland (2010-11), and Andie Varsho (2009-10).
Orr earned 12 varsity letters in her time at Rice Lake, playing at a high level in volleyball, basketball, and softball. She was a six-time First Team All-Conference pick and took home Player of the Year honors in basketball as a junior.
The hardwood is where she excelled the most, where she'll play in college, and the sport she enjoys the most.
"My favorite sport would be basketball," she said in her Triple Threat profile earlier this year. "The reason I like basketball is because it’s a team sport. I grew up playing basketball. My father is the boys’ varsity coach at Rice Lake so I always had a basketball in my hands.”
After a hoops career that saw her earn First Team All-Conference recognition as a senior and junior (when she was Player of the Year, and Second Team laurels as a freshman and sophomore, Orr will continue her career at Division 2 Minnesota-Duluth, where in addition to basketball she will study for a career in the medical field.
In the fall Orr was a First Team All-Conference pick in volleyball, an honor she also received as a sophomore. Her junior season she garnered Second Team recognition.
In softball she played shortstop and third base for the Warriors, earning First Team All-Conference recognition as a junior and senior following a Second Team choice as a sophomore.
“One of the best parts of being a three-sport athlete is that you get to experience different sports," she explains. "Things in volleyball can help you in basketball and the things you do in basketball help you in softball. You learn different skills in each sport, but all the skills help you in the different sports. Also, being a three-sport athlete has taught me how to budget my time.”
Like most high school students that also participate in multiple sports, it can be difficult.
“Balancing your time is a challenge. Every sport wants you to put time in so getting a balance between the sports, school and your family is the biggest challenge."
One of the highlights of her career came this year when she was able to play with younger sister McKenzie, a freshman at Rice Lake, in both basketball and volleyball.
Orr is also an outstanding student, graduating with a 4.0 GPA and receiving recognition as one of 32 female WIAA Scholar Athletes.
To view our initial profile of Jenna as part of our Triple Play Triple Threat Athlete of the Week series, please click here.