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Triple Threat of the Week: Kennedy Patrick, Clayton

12/13/2018, 11:45am CST
By Norbert Durst

Name: Kennedy Patrick 
School: Clayton 
Year: Senior 

Volleyball Honors: Played for coach Sadie Schradle and the Bears as a senior... middle hitter... helped Clayton finish as the 2018 state runner-up, falling to Catholic Central in state finals... 

Basketball Honors: Four-year varsity performer... played her first two year at Hayward for coach Joe Brennan... Hurricanes won the Division 3 state title her freshman year with a 27-1 record... helped Hayward reach sectional play as a sophomore... named honorable mention all-Heart O'North as a sophomore...  transferred to Clayton... averaged 9.4 points per game for coach Kevin Fall and the Bears as a junior... helped Clayton reach the Division 5 state tournament before falling to eventual state champion Bangor, 57-54, in a state semifinal... named honorable mention all-Lakeland Central... averaging 16.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 3.4 steals per game this season... shooting 51 percent from the floor, 40 percent from behind the arc, and 75 percent from the free throw line... Clayton is 7-0 and ranked No. 2 in the latest Division 5 Coaches Poll...

Softball Honors: Two-year letterwinner entering her senior year... coached by Lacy Otto at Clayton... reached a regional final before falling to Chequamegon 6-5 on a walk-off... named honorable mention all-Lakeland as a left fielder... 

Golf Honors: Three-time state qualifier... coached by her dad Dean Patrick at Clayton... helped Hayward to a third and fourth-place finish as a freshman and sophomore at Hayward... named to all-state academic team... finished 11th at the individual state tournament held at University Ridge as a senior... 

Favorite Sport (and why): "I love playing basketball because of the constant action and team concept that comes with being part of a successful program. I never get bored with the sport because it challenges me both athletically and mentally. The other parts of basketball that I will cherish forever are the bond/friendships I have formed with both my teammates and competitors." 

Best Part of High School Sports (and why): "High School sports have taught me many lessons in life including 'never give up'. They have allowed me to form great friendships that will extend well beyond High School. I believe high school sports help prepare us for our future by working with others, listening/learning form others, and teaching us to stay focused on the tasks at hand."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "Coach Fall is the best coach anyone could ask for, and I feel privileged being able to play for him. He treats every player with great respect, and knows how to get the best out of his players. He has given me so much great advice, but the best advice he gave me early on was 'stop thinking so much and just play the game'." 

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "I would have to say my most memorable moment in High School Sports is the 2017-2018 Sectional Semi-Final basketball game in Chetek. We were playing McDonell Central, and we were trailing by one with the clock running down when Kiana Fall hit a runner in the lane to give us a one point lead with two seconds to play. After a time out, I was able to steal the inbounds pass to seal the victory. This allowed us to advance to the Sectional Final where we defeated Shell Lake to advance to Green Bay."

Best Part of Playing Four Sports: "The best parts of playing four sports are that it has really taught me to stay focused, as well as, to manage my time in order to succeed not only in those sports, but also academically and socially. I can never stress how important high school friendships/sports have helped me grow into the person I am today." 

Toughest Part of Playing Four Sports: "The toughest part about playing four sports is time management. You have to be so disciplined and organized in order to succeed in school and the sport(s) during that season. I found it particularly challenging organizing my days to succeed in school, practices, homework, family and social life; especially when I was competing in two sports during the same season this fall." 

Favorite Opponent (and why): "It is great competing against Clear Lake in basketball, as not only are they our schools rival, but they are a great team that really challenges us each and every time we play them. They are very athletic and competitive. They bring out the best, in both my team and I, as we always know it will be a hard fought battle on the hardwoods."

Favorite Professional Team: "I enjoy attending Minnesota Timberwolves games. I would say they are my favorite professional team. I was lucky enough to get the pleasure of meeting Karl-Anthony Towns, and sit next to him at a Minnesota Lynx game. He was very polite as he signed some autographs, and talked to me throughout the game."

Favorite Professional Athlete: "Because of his leadership and competitive spirit I would have to say Michael Jordan is my favorite professional athlete. I enjoy watching old game films of him and seeing how he made all the players around him better. A coach once told me, 'the signs of a great player is the one that makes his teammates better' and Jordan most definitely did that."

Favorite College Team: "I enjoy watching the North Carolina Tar Heel’s Men’s Basketball team as they are so well-coached and very athletic." 

Cumulative GPA: "I carry a 3.8 GPA which sometimes can be a challenge with all the other activities I have going on in my life. But, I realize that school must come first and how important it is to the success of my future."

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against (and why): "Throughout my High School and AAU career I have played against some great athletes. But, I would say without a doubt, that Lexi Donarski is one of the toughest individuals I have ever faced on the court. She has a complete game and is so athletic. She can frustrate you on both ends of the court. But simply said, 'I love the challenge'!"

Most Admired High School Teammate (and why): "There is no way I can pick one teammate as my most admired, as each one of them are just as important to the team as the other. I love going to battle with the great group of girls we have here in Clayton. We all know when we step out onto the court or field that we have each other’s backs. I would not trade any of my teammates for anybody. Each of our sports teams are so unselfish, which is a big part of our team success."

College Plans: "At this time my college plan are still undecided. I am looking at several schools to study criminal justice. I hope to be able to continue my basketball career, as well as, compete in golf."

Activities Outside of Sports: "I enjoy spending time with friends/family and working out at the gym. I am involved in National Honor Society and church. I volunteer at senior center, humane society and my mom’s school. The thing I really like is coaching youth sports, as I have helped out/coached youth basketball and Little Diggers. I hope someday to be able to coach our youth and pass on the knowledge others have gave me."

I Find it Relaxing to: "Hanging out with friends and family is very relaxing, and gives me the needed break from the grind of the season. I also enjoy listening to music and going to the gym for a workout."

Favorite TV Show: "My favorite TV show is Law and Order: Special Victims Unit which has gotten me interested in a future Criminal Justice career." 

Favorite Movie: "My favorite movie is Ten Things I Hate About You with Julia Stiles and the late Heath Ledger."

Favorite Musical Artist: "I like so many different artists and types of music, but I would say G-Eazy and Post Malone are at the top of my list."

Favorite Subject: "I really enjoy Science in school and find it so interesting."

Favorite Restaurant: "I can’t get enough of the Chicken Yummy sandwich at 7-Brothers in Clayton."

Favorite Website: "I like any website dealing/following the sports I play, with WisSports being at the top of the list of course." 

Other Family Members: "I live with my parents Dean and Donna Patrick, my younger sister Annika and my older brother Dawson who is attending college in Iowa. Also, I could never forget my dogs, Kody and Kasey."


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