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Amherst High female athlete: Marisa Loken

May 10, 2013
 
Marisa Loken
Marisa Loken
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Marisa Loken

Parents:

Chris and Kelly Loken

Athletic achievements:

Freshman letters, honors: Softball.

Sophomore letters, honors: Volleyball, basketball, softball.

Junior letters, honors: Volleyball, basketball (all-conference honorable mention), softball.

Senior letters, honors: Basketball (captain, first-team all-conference), softball.

Academic honors:

High Honor Roll (grades 9-12), Academic Letter (grade 10).

Volunteer work:

Stevens Point Bock Run (2009-2012), Sunday school teacher (2008-2012), Vacation Bible School help (2009-2012), summer school help (2009), Book/Clock (2010-Present), Youth Group Assistant (2011), Operation Bootstrap Christmas Assistance (2011), Special Olympics Basketball (2011-Present), Walk Wisconsin, crossing guard (2012), Coaches Club Golf Outing (2012), NHS Blood Drive (2012-Present).

College plans:

Attend either Ripon College or Concordia University-Mequon to major in physical therapy and athletic training.

Favorite sports memory:

My junior year of softball we were playing Westfield for our first game. It was the top of the 6th inning and we were losing 6-4. There was two outs with bases loaded and I was up to bat. I hit the first pitch I saw and ran as fast as I could only to be told I could slow down. I had hit a grand slam. Not only was it a game winning grand slam, but it was also my first grand slam. It was the best feeling ever.

Advice to an athlete:

My advice to any aspiring high school athlete is to not take the game for granted. You only have so many games to play in front of a big crowd and people who care. Enjoy it while you can! The game is supposed to be fun, not stressful!

Your inspiration:

My best friendís dad. He was one of my coaches for our Great Northwest team in seventh and eighth grade. He passed away from leukemia during our eighth-grade season. During my basketball career, I have always gone out and played for him. He is the one who taught me the love for the game and I will always be grateful for that. He would be proud of how far I have come in only five years. I have him to thank for that.

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
15%
574 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
23%
856 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1015 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1271 votes

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