Jeff and Donna Denfeld.
Freshman letters, honors: Basketball (most improved), track and field (Die Hard award; Marawood champion in triple jump, 800 relay, 1,600 relay; state qualifier in triple jump and placed sixth, state qualifier in 800 relay and tied state record, state qualifier in 1,600 relay and set state record).
Sophomore letters, honors: Volleyball, basketball (team hustle award, honorable mention all-conference), track and field (triple jump, second in state; 1,600 relay, state champ; 800 relay, state champ).
Junior letters, honors: Volleyball (captain, team MVP-offense, second-team all-conference); basketball (team MVP, first-team all-conference), track and field (Die Hard award; triple jump, state champ; 800 relay, state champ; 1,600 relay, state champ and state record).
Senior letters, honors: Volleyball (captain, MVP-offense, student council leadership award, first-team all-conference), basketball (first-team all-conference, captain, team MVP, conference co-player of the year).
Kept a 4.00 grade point average throughout high school; tested into and enrolled in a college level English through UW-Marathon County; received Marawood Scholar Athlete Award the past two years; Wisconsin Basketball Coaches’ Association third-team academic all-state; National Honor Society, member and president.
My favorite activities I have participated in through the years have been our community Fall Festival, Special Olympics, decorating the Marshfield Zoo for the Rotary Winter Wonderland, babysitting for the Parent Teacher Organization, and running the fish bowl at the St. Johns Children’s Bazaar. This past year I have had the honor to be involved with the Edgar VFW by playing “Taps” with them at local funerals and at our school’s Veterans Day Program. This past summer I was also glad to be a part of the new three day Freshman Orientation Program at school.
Pursue a degree in civil engineering at Milwaukee School of Engineering. My plans past college, however, are less clear. Because a civil engineering degree can lead to so many different occupations, I am not completely sure on which I will pursue upon graduation. However, I do know this: I want to be a part of something awe inspiring, something great. I want to be a part of something magnificent that will inspire others, just as I became inspired by the wonders of civil engineering.
Favorite sports memory:
Playing hometown rival Marathon in the basketball regional final game two years ago is one of my favorite sports memories. Our team had just come off of a regional win over Crandon and was scheduled to play in Antigo the next night. Our team had never experienced back to back games before. We were worried about not having enough time to prepare because Marathon had beat us twice in regular season play. However, we went into that game holding strong to our coach’s words, “It’s hard to beat a team three times.” It came down to the last 16 seconds: we were up by one, Marathon had the ball on the sideline. The whole gym knew the ball was going to senior Alex Boehm. She got the ball and took a hard drive to the basket’s left side. I remembered her signature power move to the base line and stepped into help position just in time to make her hesitate and pick up her dribble. She tried to pass the ball out, resulting in a turnover with three seconds to spare. We won the game becoming the first Edgar girls basketball team to win a regional title.
Advice to an athlete:
Never wait until it is too late. Freshmen may think that their senior year is a long way off, but boy, let me tell you, time sure flies when you’re having fun. Skill and success does not come in one day, one week, one sports season, one year. Success comes with patience, experience, and most importantly, time and before you know it, you won’t have any of that time left. Never waist a day, a practice, a workout, because every bit of work you do will ultimately help you achieve your goals and aspirations. Take every practice, every work out seriously and never wait until game day to do your best. One of my favorite sayings is: if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail. So, don’t wait until game time to work hard, and don’t wait until your senior year to buckle down and focus either. Success takes time, and time goes fast; never wait until it is too late.
Over the years, I have looked up to many of the upperclassmen and graduates of Edgar High who have had great success in their sport and academic careers. Connie Urmanski was a graduate to whom I have looked up to for her basketball and academic career. She had achieved many awards for her skills on the court and for her academic accolades. Justin Sinz was another graduate I looked up to. He was one of the most outgoing, respectful, and athletic people in school when I was a freshman and had always worked his butt off in the weight room. I have looked up to him in the areas of confidence, personality and hard work. Tessa Thurs is a year ahead of me in school and I had always looked up to her throughout my high school career. She pushed me in my lifts throughout the summer, she helped me succeed in basketball season, and she was the one I looked up to in the triple jump throughout my years in track. This year in track, I am working towards a goal she achieved last year: four goal medals at the state meet.