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Male High School Athlete of the Year: Ben Thornton

Name: Ben Thornton

School: La Crosse Central

Sports Competed In: Wrestling, Football, and Baseball

Winter 12-13: La Crosse Central Wrestling (4-year varsity starter) WIAA Division 1 113 lb. State Runner-up, Season record of 48-1

-3x 1st team Academic All-State, 3x WIAA Division 1 State Finalist
-3x MVC Conference Wrestler of the Year, 3x 1st Team MVC All-Conference
-3x All Coulee Region 1st Team
-3x Bi-State Tournament Champion

Career record of 191-2 (as of 2/25/14)

Spring 12-13: La Crosse Central Baseball (3 year varsity starter) Starting Varsity shortstop, pitcher, and relief pitcher

Batting average of .423, pitching record of 3-0 with 1.93 Earned Run Average

-1st Team MVC All-Conference
-1st Team Academic All-State

Fall 13-14: La Crosse Central Football (3 year varsity starter) Starting running back, defensive back, and punter

Rushing: 512 yards (9 yds. per carry), 7 TD's

Receiving: 125 yards, 1 TD

31 Tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks

2nd Team MVC All-Conference Running Back

2nd Team All-La Crosse Tribune Punter

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 wrestling at Purdue University while pursuing a Pre-Med degree with post-graduate plans to go to Medical School.

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

Non-Athletic Activities, Accomplishments, and Awards:  Class rank of #1 of 307, Cumulative 4.0 GPA with Honors and AP (advanced placement) classes

WIAA 2014 Scholar Athlete Nominee

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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