Kollock becomes Almond-Bancroft’s first WIAA Scholar Athlete
Portage County Gazette
By John Kemmeter
Senior Noah Kollock became the first athlete from Almond-Bancroft High School to be named a WIAA Scholar Athlete, as he was honored during a ceremony in Wausau Sunday, May 5.
A total of 16 senior boys and 16 senior girls from throughout Wisconsin were selected as finalists to receive the 2019 WIAA Statewide Scholar Athlete Award.
To determine the top 32 finalists, four boys and four girls were selected based on both athletic and academic achievement from each of the four WIAA divisions. More than 1,000 Scholar Athlete finalists have been recognized since the program began in 1984.
“These extraordinary student athletes excel in both academics and athletics,” said WIAA assistant director Tom Shafranski. “Seventeen of this year’s 32 WIAA Scholar Athlete finalists have a grade point average of 4.0 to date, while the average GPA is an amazing 3.95.
“All 32 scholar athlete finalists have already earned a total of 295 varsity letters during their first three and 1/2 years of high school,” he said. “That’s an average of nine letters per athlete, and we have not yet completed our spring sports season.”
This year, 823 seniors were nominated for the 2019 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award by 417 high schools throughout the state.
Kollock earned 10 varsity letters in football, basketball and track and field during his high school career. Kollock was a three-year starter for the Almond-Bancroft football team, as he missed his sophomore season due to an injury, and was a First Team All-Central Wisconsin Conference (CWC) Small selection at running back/wide receiver as a junior and a senior, and a Second Team All-CWC Small selection at defensive back as a junior and a senior.
He was a four-year starter for the Almond-Bancroft boys basketball team, and was a Second Team All-CWC-10 selection as a freshman, while he was a First Team All-Conference selection in each of his last three seasons.
Kollock was named the CWC South Boys Basketball Player of the Year as a junior and a senior, and was also a Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division 5 All-State selection the last two years.
The 6-1 guard finished his high school basketball career with 1,965 points, and will play basketball in college at the NCAA Division III University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he plans to study biomedical sciences.
The 2019 WIAA Scholar Athlete Finalists, as well as their families and school representatives, were recognized at an awards ceremony May 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau.
Each 2019 WIAA Scholar Athlete Finalist received a medallion and certificate, and took with them a special plaque for display in their school’s trophy case.