Athlete of the Week: Dani Huntington

Senior is CWC-North player of the year

Contributed Photo Gresham High School senior Dani Huntington is Central Wisconsin Conference-North’s player of the year and landed a spot on all-conference first team.

Athlete: Dani Huntington

Sport: Volleyball

School: Gresham High School

Position: Setter

Year: Senior

Dani Huntington clinched the Central Wisconsin Conference-North Player of the Year award and landed a spot on the all-conference first team. The Wildcats made it to the WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinals, which the school hadn’t reached in 26 years. Huntington played all four years at Gresham.

Q Where did your interest in playing volleyball begin?

A I started playing volleyball in sixth grade. I always knew it was my favorite sport. I loved learning new skills and playing competitively.

Q How does it feel making the postseason your final year?

A Making it this far my senior year is amazing. It shows how much the seniors love the sport and how much we want to keep playing with each other.

Q What is your favorite memory of playing Gresham volleyball?

A This year we set three goals for the season, which were to win the Wildcat kickoff tournament, win conference and win regionals. We have completed all of these goals, which will be a great memory.

Q What athlete do you look up to and why?

A I’ve looked up to Lauren Carlini (U.S. Women’s National Team) because she is an amazing setter.

Q Do you have any pregame rituals?

A Before every game I take a short nap and listen to music with my team to get pumped up.

Q What are your plans post-graduation? If college, what do you want to study? And what college do you hope to attend?

A After graduation, I plan on going to college to study something in the medical field, possibly physical therapy. I hope to attend the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Q What’s your favorite part of growing up in Gresham?

A My favorite part about growing up here was all of the support from our little community. They support our team and our school so much with everything we do.

Q Who is your favorite sports team, and why?

A My favorite team is the Packers because I grew up watching all the games with my family.

Q Favorite television show?

A My favorite TV show is “Prison Break.”

Q Do you have a favorite quote or verse?

A My favorite quote is, “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful.”