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Triple Threat of the Week: Niki Van Wyk, Appleton North

01/31/2019, 10:30am CST
By Norbert Durst

Name: Niki Van Wyk
School: Appleton North
Year: Senior 

Volleyball Honors: Starting libero for two-time sectional finalist... coached by Steve Scheuerell... 

Basketball Honors: Three-year varsity performer for the Lightning... helped Appleton North capture back-to-back Division 1 state titles (2016-17, 2017-18)... coached by Joe Russom as a sophomore and junior... coached by Darren Prusinski as a senior... averaging a team-high 13.3 points per game to go along with 2.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game this season for the Lightning, who are 11-4 overall and currently hold a half-game lead on Appleton East and Kimberly in the FVA with a 11-2 record... committed to play for NCAA Division II Black Hills State University in South Dakota... 

Softball Honors: Helped the Lightning to a Division 1 state tournament appearance in 2018... coached by Chelsea Lasecki... named second-team all-FVA as a centerfielder... .960 fielding percentage and .367 batting average as a junior... earned coaches award as a junior... named team captain for senior year... 

Favorite Sport (and why): "Basketball because of the crazy journey I have been on, people I have met, and opportunities it has brought along the way."

Best Part of High School Sports (and why): "Developing my skills, friendships, and the fan support at Appleton North."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "Potential means nothing."

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "Hitting a 2-out, 3-run, walk-off homerun in the bottom of the 7th inning at Hortonville (Junior Year Softball 2018)."

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "I have three different sets of teammates/friends, keeps me in shape, and three opportunities to make memories. I also love to compete."

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "I don’t get any breaks in between seasons. I go from one right to the next."

Favorite Opponent (and why): "Bree Workman from Appleton West because she my best friend and AAU teammate." 

Favorite Professional Team: "Golden State Warriors, and no I am not a bandwagon."

Favorite Professional Athlete: Steph Curry

Favorite College Team: Wisconsin Badgers

Cumulative GPA: 3.5

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against (and why): "Sydney Supple (Oshkosh North Pitcher) because she is one of the best pitchers I’ve ever seen." 

Most Admired High School Teammate (and why): "Marissa Mullen (Softball). She is an amazing person, friend, and teammate. I was lucky to have met her when I first transferred and saw how hard and how much work she puts in. I can’t wait to see all the success she has playing softball at Bowling Green."

College Plans: "I have a scholarship to play D2 Basketball at Black Hills State University in South Dakota."

Activities Outside of Sports: "Hunting, music, and cooking."

I Find it Relaxing to: "Listen to music, hang out with friends, and binge-watch Netflix."

Favorite TV Show: One Tree Hill

Favorite Movie: Nerve

Favorite Musical Artist: 6lack

Favorite Subject: "Foods because I love to cook."

Favorite Restaurant: "Bdubs. If anyone knows me they know I’m obsessed."

Favorite Website: Youtube

Other Family Members: Peter Van Wyk (Older Brother), Tim Van Wyk (Father), Lisa Van Wyk (Mother).

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