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Triple Threat of the Week: Jessa Burling, Burlington

11/02/2017, 2:15pm CDT
By Norbert Durst

Name: Jessa Burling 
School: Burlington 
Year: Senior

Cross Country Honors: Four-year letterwinner for coach Matt Nie and the Demons... three-time honorable mention all-Southern Lakes as a freshman, sophomore, and junior... honorable mention all-Racine County as a freshman... second team all-Racine County as a sophomore and junior... 

Basketball Honors: Enters her senior year as a three-year letterwinner for coach Mary Parker and the Demons... honorable mention all-conference and honorable mention all-Racine County as a freshman... named first team all-conference as a sophomore and junior... selected first team all-Racine County as a sophomore and junior... enters senior year with 891 career points... averaged 16.6 points, 9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 4.8 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game as a junior... 

Soccer Honors: Three-year letterwinner for coach Joel Molitor and the Demons... second team all-Southern Lakes as a freshman, sophomore, and junior... honorable mention all-Racine County as a sophomore and junior... 

Favorite Sport (and why): "My favorite sport would have to be soccer because along with being played physically, it is also played with poise. I have also played it the longest out of my three sports."

Best Part of High School Sports: "The best part of high school sports is the relationship you build with your team and coaches. They become your second family."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: “Play for your team, not yourself.”

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "My most memorable moment in high school sports was winning conference in soccer this past year because it was our 5th year in a row."

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "The best part about playing three sports is experiencing how they interact. If I did not run cross country in the fall, there would be no way to be in shape for basketball in the winter. If I did not play soccer, I would not be able to make defensive reads on the ball as well. It is very unique how they interact, and few people get to experience that."

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "The toughest part about playing three sports is having to say goodbye to things you love three times. I have enjoyed participating in all my sports and being a senior, having to say goodbye to three things I love, rather than one or two, is very difficult."

Favorite Opponent: "My favorite opponent used to be Waterford, but now it is probably Union Grove."

Favorite Professional Team: "My favorite professional team is the Green Bay Packers."

Favorite Professional Athlete: "My favorite professional athlete is Giannis Antetokounmpo from the Milwaukee Bucks, the Greek Freak."

Favorite College Team: "My favorite college team is the University of Wisconsin-Madison football team." 

Cumulative GPA: 4.35

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against: "The toughest individual I have competed against is Madison Blair, who was a senior when I was a freshman. I was tasked to guard her in our rival game against Waterford, and to put more pressure on me, she was 15 points away from scoring her 1,000 career point."

Most Admired High School Teammate: "My most admired high school teammate is Ellen Stang because when I was a freshman, she was a senior and she helped me start my sports careers in basketball and soccer."

College Plans: "I would love to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but I have also applied to Columbia University, Northwestern University, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities."

Activities Outside of Sports: I" love to do anything outdoors like hiking, water-skiing, walking my dog, or running. However, I do like to be indoors and do things like read or listen to music."

I Find it Relaxing to: "Watch a movie with my family or friends."

Favorite TV Show: "My favorite TV show would have to be The Office."

Favorite Movie: "My favorite movie is The Sandlot."

Favorite Musical Artist: "My favorite musical artists are The Beatles."

Favorite Subject: "My favorite subject is history."

Favorite Restaurant: "My favorite restaurant is Town Fryer in Burlington. They have the best breakfast!"

Favorite Website: I don’t really have one!

Other Family Members: My dad, Eric; my mom, Ellen; my two brothers, Ben and Brad; and my dog, Buckley. 

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