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Athlete of the week: Morgan Russmann

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Morgan Russmann is currently committed to play soccer at North Dakota State University in the fall of 2024.

As only a junior, Morgan Russmann has emerged as a multitalented varsity athlete in both soccer and basketball. Scoring 19 goals already this soccer season and achieving a championship ring from basketball, the North Dakota State University commit continues to be a star on both the court and the field at Pleasant Valley. 

Starting soccer at a young age, Russmann always contained a passion for the sport. Her mom, dad and sister all had a huge impact on her success and decision to continue to play soccer. “My mom has always pushed me to be the best player I can be and been my biggest fan. My sister loves college soccer and has made me so excited to play at the next level. Between the both of them, being so involved in soccer has pushed me to my limits, but my dad has always given me the confidence to do big things,” said Russmann.

For the past three years, Russmann has been an impactful leader of the PVHS girls’ soccer team. She has been a key player getting into the state tournament in past years. “Going into the state tournament, having strong players like Morgan was essential. She had always performed her best no matter the outcome,” senior captain Kensie Staats said. 

Russmann is not only successful on the field, but also the court. This past basketball season, Russmann and her teammates made their way to the championship game to win the first women’s basketball state title in Pleasant Valley history. “Being a part of the basketball team will always be a core memory of mine. Going to state was the most fun I’ve ever had with the team even though I barely played. Playing a second sport is so important and I’m so glad I did. Winning state was so surreal and something I will forever remember,” Russmann stated. 

Senior teammate Halle Vice feels that Russmann’s energy had a big impact on the team. “Morgan is one of the hardest working people I know. She has the attitude of wanting to be the best, and she puts in so much work to be in the position she’s in today,” stated Vice. “Her energy is contagious when she competes, and she makes everyone else around her better.”

That energy is also poured out on the soccer field. As the only junior captain, Russmann exuberates excitement and energy throughout the team. Staats loves how Russmann affects the team. “It’s so fun in the locker room before games when Morgan goes crazy and gets everyone hype. It’s nice to have someone like her on the team,” continued Staats. 

Russmann has always been an impactful player in all her sports. She spends day in and day out practicing. Whether that consists of lifting weights, personal training sessions or physical therapy, Russmann is always getting better. Her persistence to be the best demonstrates a level of dedication that all athletes strive for. 

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Libby Kamp
Libby Kamp, Sports Editor
Elizabeth “Libby” Kamp, is a senior at Pleasant Valley, and serves as the Sports Editor for the Spartan Shield. Since the age of five, Libby has participated in soccer. She also has played for the Spartans as goalie, and has joined her fellow teammates in two state appearances. Beyond athletics, Libby enjoys playing the ukulele, serving and drinking coffee, and having fun with her friends. Some of her favorite things include the show Gilmore Girls and the movie 10 Things I Hate About You. Fun fact about her is that she has a tendency to adopt stray cats, and she currently has three, Bootsie, Jules, and Quincy. Her best party trick is she can actually sing the alphabet backwards. Libby’s favorite class besides journalism is Anatomy and Physiology. After high school Libby plans on attending Quincy University to continue her academic and soccer career, with hopes of one day becoming a traveling nurse. 

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Drake Hanson, Photo Manager
Drake Hanson, the Photo Manager for the Spartan Shield, is a Senior at Pleasant Valley High School. Drake has been playing ice hockey for the Quad City Ice Eagles for the past 6 years. He is now the captain of the U18 team. Drake is headed to Iowa State University next year pursuing a mechanical engineering degree. Drake spends his summers working at Davenport Country Club as a groundskeeper. In his free time, Drake has been doing a lot of photography and videography. He also skis and spends lots of time with his friends and family. Drake has two pugs, Winston and Tank. Drake is excited to contribute to the Spartan Shield this year!
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    MaryOct 6, 2023 at 10:11 am

    This article is very informative of both the personal aspect of the athlete and the accomplishments.

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