Pittsville High School female athlete: Marissa Ortner

Pittsville High School female athlete: Marissa Ortner


Pittsville High School female athlete: Marissa Ortner


Marissa Ortner


Marcella and Joseph Ortner

Athletic achievements:

Freshman letters, honors: Basketball, track and field (rookie of the year, fifth in 3,200 relay at state).

Sophomore letters, honors: Volleyball (all-conference honorable mention), track and field (MVP, 3,200 relay state qualifier).

Junior letters, honors: Volleyball (captain, MVP, second-team all-conference), track and field (sixth at state in 3,200 relay).

Senior letters, honors: Volleyball (captain, first-team all-conference, Tri-State all-star), basketball (captain, MVP, second-team all-conference), track and field.

Academic honors:

High Honor Roll, National Honor Society.

Volunteer work:

Community Blood Drive Coordinator, St. Joachim’s Catholic Church, USSA Special Needs Summer Bash, Junior High Track Meets, JV Volleyball Tournaments, Softball Concession Stand, Pleasant Corners 4-H, Rotary Winter Wonderland, Salvation Army, Pittsville FFA, Bethel Center resident visitor, Jim Guden Cancer Benefit, National Honor Society tutor, Tri-M Music Honor Society, FCCLA Breast Cancer Awareness.

College plans:

Attending the UW-La Crosse this fall. I plan on majoring in Exercise and Sports Science and eventually end up going into the physical therapy program. Whatever career path I end up choosing, I know I want to select an occupation that allows me to help the patient help themselves.

Favorite sports memory:

Just driving by that track in La Crosse still makes my heart race every time. Nothing compares to the feeling of emotions you feel standing on that podium with a medal around your neck, wearing that purple and gold jersey. Overwhelming senses of pride and achievement takes over my entire mind. Tears streaming down my cheek, sweat still dripping down my back, and legs with barely enough strength left to stand there, makes that an opportunity I will remember for the rest of my life. Not only that moment, but the days leading up to state made me who I am today. Continuing the tradition, Pittsville has made this relay a priority. I have been a part of the 3200m relay team all four years; and I will always remember to honor The PACT.

Advice to an athlete:

Leadership. Taking the role of a leader is never easy, but someone has to do it. The more practice you have in this position, the better you become. I believe the qualities you gain from being a leader are crucial to a successful future. As a leader you learn to put others needs before your own. Set your standards high. As a leader you know you are an example to others around you. If you present yourself to be the best you can be, others will follow. Use your goals to push you to be the best you can be. You may fail. You need to learn from your mistakes. We all make mistakes, but admitting to them and using them to your advantage will only allow you to be even more successful. Make the most out of every moment. Step up and be that leader needed. Achieve these goals and accomplishments with confidence. Do your best and nothing less; your potential is limitless. Never, ever give up.

Your inspiration:

Throughout my high school career, my motivation has come from many things from reading quotes of professional athletes, to coaches, friends, or just simply self satisfaction. But it all comes down to my parents. They are always there, supporting me through not only the positive times, but the tough moments we are faced with. They taught me what the true meaning of hard work and dedication is; proving to me that if you remember your values and put your heart in the right place, it will pay off in the end. Stand for something, or you can fall for anything.


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