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Student Athlete Q&A: Tyler Kropuenske

School/Grade: Gibraltar High School/Senior

Sports played: Football, Basketball, and Track & Field

Honors

Academic:

  • Honor Roll Student

Football:

  • 2nd Team All-Conference OL (2014)
  • 2nd Team All-Conference DL (2015)
  • 1st Team All-Conference OL (2015)
  • 2nd Team All-Conference DL (2016)
  • 1st Team All-Conference OL (2016)

Basketball:

  • Team Newcomer Award (2013)
  • Team Hardest Worker Award (2014)
  • 2nd Team All-Conference (2017)

       Track and Field:

  • Regional Champion in Shot Put (2016)

How did you become involved in athletics?

I have been involved in sports since I was just a little kid. I first started getting involved in sports with my dad. He was a coach here at Gibraltar and would bring me in my baby carrier and let me crawl around. That is when I touched my first basketball. I had grown up in the athletic lifestyle all my life and fell in love with all sports. 

Who have been some mentors in your life?

I have a lot of mentors in my life. All of my sports and AAU coaches are my mentors. I look up to them in the way they play and the way they are as human beings. My parents, Josh and Alicia Kropuenske, have also really impacted me by encouraging me all the time and believing in my goals. My brother Ryan has also impacted me and I have looked up to him in the weight room. He may be younger than me, but he is the most motivated teammate I have seen in the weight room.

What are your current plans after you finish high school?

My current plans are to attend the University of Minnesota-Crookston to play Football.

Describe the most memorable moment in your athletic career.

The most memorable moment in my athletic career was our regional semi-final [basketball] game this year against Algoma. I played one of the best games of my career in that game, as did the whole team, but we still fell short. The most memorable moment in that game that will stick with me forever is the last shot I took to try to win the game. The ball was halfway down in the net, but bounced out. Those last few seconds are very memorable to me.

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