Name: Hailey Jorgenson
School/Grade: Washington Island School/12th Grade
Sports: Basketball and Softball
Academic Honors: High Honor Roll
Athletic Achievements: Captain of girls basketball team (2014-17); member of Gibraltar softball team (2014-17); Averaging more than 15 points/game for 2016-17 basketball season; 715 career points scored in basketball
How did you become involved in basketball and softball?
Sports have been a part of my life ever since I was young. My father played sports in high school and into his adult life with the Door County Baseball League. He retired from baseball a few years ago and was just inducted into the Door County Baseball Hall of Fame. My mother was also very active in sports as well. Both my parents are very competitive and encouraged me to join sports and motivated me to be my best.
Who have been some of your mentors in your life?
There have been a lot of mentors that have helped me along my sports path. At the top of my list would be my basketball coach, Sarah Gibson. She has motivated me throughout my basketball career. She educated me to do better through skills and plays, but more importantly, she would remind me to love the game.
Nick Bastian, my High School Softball Coach from Gibraltar, took a risk with a girl from Washington Island. He believed in my skills and let me be part of a team far from my home. I am so fortunate to be able to participate in the sports that I love and share the time with great teammates. It has given me a great opportunity to meet new girls from all over the state. The girls on my team are amazing and I am so fortunate to have had this opportunity.
What are your plans after you finish high school?
I am planning to attend the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the fall of 2017 and am studying to be a radiologist technician. I am hoping to join intramural sports so that I can continue to play. I can’t imagine not competing at some level. I am really looking forward to college next year and I am leaving with so many amazing memories that have been made here!
Describe the most memorable moment in your athletic career?
The one that stands out to me was during a very competitive basketball game. I was fouled in the last seconds of the game and had to shoot two free throws to tie the game to force it into overtime. Feeling so much pressure and wanting this for my team, I made both baskets and I will never forget that moment. I have had exciting moments in basketball, not only personal victories, but watching my teammates improve every year.