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Triple Play Triple Threat -- Zach Jensen, Brillion

02/27/2014, 5:15pm CST
By Mark Miller
Triple Play Triple Threat

Zach Jensen

Name: Zach Jensen  

School: Brillion High School

Grade: Senior

All-Sport Honors: Chosen as Brillion’s Scholar Athlete as a senior

Football Honors: A three-year letter winner and captain as a senior ... Started at both defensive end and tight end while also punting for Brillion this past season ... Earned second-team all-Olympian Conference honors at defensive end ... Started at defensive tackle and tight end as a junior for an 11-2 Brillion team that lost in the WIAA semifinals under coach Peter Kittel.

Basketball Honors:  A two-year varsity starter and a captain under coach Peter Kittel ... A 6-foot-4 forward/center who is averaging 10.7 points per game for a Brillion squad that takes a 14-8 record into Friday's WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal against Weyauwega-Fremont ... Averaged 6.7 ppg and 5.2 rpg for a Brillion team that went 22-4 and won the Olympian Conference title as a junior ... Played AAU basketball with the Wisconsin Blizzard and Eastern Elite.

Track and Field Honors: A three-time varsity letter winner for coach Jeff Schlender entering his senior season ,,, Qualified for the WIAA State Track and Field Meet in the 1,600-meter relay in each of the past two seasons and also qualified for state in the 110 high hurdles as a junior ... Two-time conference champion on 1,600 relay team ... Won regionals in the 110 and 300 hurdles as well as the 1,600 relay as a junior.

Favorite Sport: "Track because although it is mainly an individual competition, there still is the team atmosphere. I like to be able to push myself to compete at my top level, but also cheer on my teammates to do their best at what they are good at."

Best Part of High School Sports: "The team atmosphere – hanging around with my team is always a lot of fun whether it is at practice, at games or at school."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "We/Me > Me/We. My coach, who is also a math teacher, emphasizes the idea of being a team and putting individuality aside. Being a team is greater than being an individual."

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "Running at state track my first time. It was bigger than any other meet I had competed in and the energy there was unmatched anywhere else."

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "Meeting people, both from my team and from other schools that I would normally not have any reason to meet. I have made a lot of great friends through sports."

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "The challenge of maintaining my grades and staying up with my homework during sports all year round."

Favorite Opponent: "Reedsville Panthers because our schools are close to each other. Our teams are good friends, but also competitive so it is always a good game and always a lot of fun to play in."

Favorite Professional Teams: Packers, Brewers.

Favorite Professional Athlete: Yovani Gallardo.

Favorite College Teams: Wisconsin Badgers.

Cumulative GPA: 4.0 (4.287 on a weighted scale) with an ACT of 32

Toughest Individual you’ve Competed Against: "Bryce Wenzel from Reedsville. He is a tough player in football and basketball, and he always brings his best when we play."

Most Admired High School Teammate: "Eric Kittel. He was a great leader both on the court and around school. He was hard working and a great teammate."

College Plans: "I have been accepted at Michigan Technological University, Milwaukee School of Engineering and Marquette University. I have not decided where I will attend yet, but am going to be pursuing a degree in engineering."

Activities Outside of Sports: Big Brothers/Big Sisters volunteer, Boomerang character education program volunteer, two mission trips through church, National Honor Society member, varsity club member, member of Brillion’s Pit Orchestra and Jazz Band, Olympian Conference honors band.

I Find it Relaxing to: "Go skiing, play golf and hang out with friends."

Favorite TV show: Big Bang Theory

Favorite Movie: Tommy Boy

Favorite Musical Artists: "Just about any country artist."

Favorite Subject: Math and Tech Ed.

Favorite Restaurant: Fazolis

Favorite Website: Youtube and Facebook

Other Family Members: Father, Brian; mother, Sue; brother, Josh.

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