Jenny Lindner will challenge herself on the basketball court and in the classroom next year.
The Neillsville High School senior, who signs her national letter of intent Thursday to play for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will take pre-med classes with the hopes of becoming a dermatologist.
“Becoming a doctor is my biggest goal in life,” Lindner said. “I look up to doctors because they are smart and they help people and I want to be able to help people, too.
“I’ve been interested in our skin since taking anatomy class and I’ve had family members who had skin cancer. It’s a common cancer and I want to be able to help people going through it.”
Lindner, a two-time Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association all-state selection and two-time Cloverbelt Conference East Division player of the year, had plenty of offers, but wanted to stay in Wisconsin, making it easy for her to narrow down her choices. David College, Bradley University and University of Evansville, just to name a few from out of state were interested in her, but she politely declined
UW-Green Bay and Winona State, were among the front-runners, but UW-Milwaukee was where she felt the most comfortable.
“I really liked Winona, but I coudn’t pass up the chance to play Division I basketball in my home state,” Lindner said. “The Milwaukee campus isn’t too big, but it’s in a big city, which I like. I’m from a small town and I want to experience living in a bigger city. Part of the reason I wanted to stay in Wisconsin was so my family and friends to come to my games.”
Lindner is the first girl to go on to play Division I basketball during coach John Gaier’s time at Neillsville.
“This is the second year in a row we’ve has girl continue on to the next level,” Gaier said. “Last year, Alleah Voigt singed to play at UW-Parkside (DII). It’s an exciting time for Jenny and her family, just like it was for Alleah a year ago.”
The Panthers went 9-20 overall, 5-11 in the Horizon League under coach Kyle Rechlicz, in her first year with the program. Rechlicz played and coached at Wisconsin, prior to taking over at Milwaukee.