Rogowski repeats as top girls athlete

She earned state honors in 3 sports she played
Morgan Rode
Sports Editor

Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School’s Reese Rogowski was named the NEW Media Inc. Girls Athlete of the Year for a second straight year after standout showings in her three sports.

The senior athlete helped the Chargers’ volleyball team qualify for state during the fall before a big basketball season in the winter. Rogowski wrapped up her high school athletic career with a strong track and field season, capping it by competing at the state meet.

“Working hard during the offseason and setting small goals for myself were definitely the main reasons I found success in volleyball, basketball and track and field this past school year,” said Rogowski.

Rogowski helped Witt-Birn’s volleyball team claim its fourth straight Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division title. The senior was named to the all-conference first team for her strong play.

Rogowski and her team eventually got to the state tournament in Green Bay, with the senior making the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association Division 3 All-Tournament Team for her efforts in the team’s state semifinal match against Howards Grove.

“A state appearance in the fall season gave me a lot of motivation to accomplish the same things for basketball and track and field,” said Rogowski.

For the season, Rogowski tallied 367 attack kills and a kill percentage of 38.3. She served 36 aces and had 201 service points, while posting 30 total blocks and 40 assists.

Rogowski, who made the WVCA D3 honorable mention all-state team, led the Chargers with 325 digs.

“For volleyball, it was all about putting trust in my coaches and my teammates to hope for the best and the most out of that season,” said Rogowski on how she put together a big season.

After doing most of the heavy lifting during the basketball season during her high school career, Rogowski got some consistent help this winter. The result was a 21-4 overall record and second-place finish in the CWC-East as a team.

Rogowski was tabbed the conference’s top player and helped guide the team to a regional title game.

For the season, Rogowski averaged 19.1 points while shooting about 42% from the floor. She made nearly 36% of her 3-point attempts.

She wasn’t just a scorer though, also leading the team with 4.6 assists, 4 steals and 1.9 blocks per game. She pulled down 4.5 rebounds a game.

After the season ended, she was named to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division 4 honorable mention team.

“For basketball, it was due to giving 100% effort, whether that was in practice or games or the offseason,” said Rogowski on her strong season.

Rogowski’s track and field season was full of top finishes, usually first-place ones, with a few seconds sprinkled in.

She took first place in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes at the CWC-Large Meet, winning each event convincingly.

Rogowski continued her success as the postseason began, placing first in those four events at the Clintonville Regional. She won sectional titles in the 100, 200 and 400 and placed third in the long jump at the Little Chute Sectional, which qualified her for state in all four events.

At state, she had a goal of placing in the top 10 in her four events. To do that, she needed to first qualify for the finals, which she did in each event.

Rogowski placed second in the long jump after a top leap of 18 feet, 2 inches. She claimed third in the 400 (56.45 seconds) and was sixth in the 200 (24.94). The senior finished 10th in the 100 (12.65).

“Lastly for track, it was about staying active outside of the season and trusting my coaches during the season,” said Rogowski on why she was able to excel.

While Rogowski’s high school careers have now come to a close, she will continue competing at the collegiate level, as she is set to join the North Dakota State University track and field team.

She had several people to thank for helping her become the high school athlete she was and the success she found.

“My parents are the biggest factors that helped me achieve all the things I did in my years in athletics,” said Rogowski. “They are my biggest supporters, and support me no matter the condition and I know I wouldn’t be the athlete I am today without them.

“Also, my coaches and teammates of course, because both pushed me to get better each and every day and to strive for bigger goals for myself and for the team.”

Along with earning her second straight Girls Athlete of the Year honor, she earned two top athlete honors in track and field and another in basketball. She was an honorable mention in every other season.

Honorable mentions

There were several other girls in the area who excelled in athletics this school year.

Carleigh Kaczmarek was a three-sport standout for Gillett. She made it to state during the cross-country season before being named the basketball Player of the Year in the Marinette and Oconto Conference in the winter. She was the conference champion in the 1,600 and 3,200 during the spring track season.

Christine Sleeter was a leader for Suring’s volleyball, basketball and track and field teams. She made the M&O first team in volleyball and second team in basketball. In the spring track and field season, she tied for fourth in the pole vault and high jump at the state meet.

Witt-Birn’s Rory Salvesen made a name for herself in her freshman season. She made it to state in cross-country, landed on the second team in the CWC-East during the basketball season and then made the first team as a softball player in the spring.

Faith Resch, another Witt-Birn athlete, also excelled this school year. She opened the year by making it to girls swim state as an individual and on a relay team. After helping out the basketball team in the winter, she got to the state track and field meet and finished third in the 300 hurdles.

Bonduel’s Hailee Thompson was a first-team selection in the CWC-East in volleyball and softball, also being named a Co-Player of the Year in softball. In between, she made the honorable mention list in her basketball season.

Lena’s Eva Brooks helped the volleyball team to a strong fall before making the M&O first team during the basketball season. She capped the year with an 11th-place finish in the high jump at the state track and field meet.