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Male Athlete of the Year: Ben Thornton

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Male Athlete of the Year Candidate Ben Thornton:

Winter 11-12:  La Crosse Central Wrestling

WIAA Division 1 106 lb. State Champion, Season record of 49-0; (30 pins)

2x 1st team Academic all- state, 2x WIAA Division 1 State Finalist

2x MVC Conference Wrestler of the Year, 2x 1st Team MVC All-Conference

2x All Coulee Region 1st team

2x Bi-State Tournament Champion, 2x letter winner

Career record of 112-1 (as of 12/26/12)

Spring 11-12: La Crosse Central Baseball

Starting Varsity second base, also started games at shortstop and pitcher as a sophomore

Batting average of .245, pitching record of 2-1 with 1.50 Earned Run Average

Letter winner as sophomore

Summer 11-12: La Crosse Post 52 Legion Baseball

Starting center fielder, also started games at second base and pitcher as a sophomore

Batting average of .385 (35 - 91), pitching record of 2-0 with 5.00 Earned Run Average

Season ending injury in late July (fractured elbow)


Fall 12-13: La Crosse Central Football

Rushing:  28 carries 420 yards (15 yds per carry), 2 TDs, 1 - 2pt conversion

Receiving:  9 catches 222 yards (25 yds per reception), 5 TDs, 1- 2pt conversion

Totals:  7 TDs, 46 total points, 17 yards per touch

1st Team MVC All-Conference Running Back

Honorable Mention All-Coulee Region Running Back

2x letter winner

Sports Idol: Albert Pujols

Favorite Sports Memory: Winning a state wrestling title at the Kohl Center in front of 15,000 people

Future Plans: Participate in baseball or wrestling at the collegiate level

Favorite Quote: "The best things in life aren't things."

Non Athletic Activities Accomplishments and Awards:

Class rank of #1 of 300, Cumulative 4.0 GPA with Honors and AP (advanced placement) classes

Member of National Honors Society, D.E.C.A, and LC Club

Leading acting role in movie "Kickers" (Summer 2012 movie by Haase films in partnership with Central High School administration, students, and other community partners showing the dangers and consequences of prescription drug abuse by teenagers)

Volunteer coach for River Rats Wrestling Program


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