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05/05/2016

Nicolet Bank Spotlight: Pulaski's Prentice

Skylar Prentice has no limits on the soccer pitch.

The Pulaski senior has excelled on it throughout her high school career as a four-year starter.

The Bemidji State University recruit has helped the Red Raiders get off to a 9-1-1 start this season after she earned second-team all-Fox River Classic Conference honors last year as a midfielder.

Prentice stays on the move off the pitch as well. She writes for the Pulaski News community newspaper in addition to being a member of the Spanish and Leo clubs.

Prentice discusses cookie recipes, being the youngest child in her family and playing goalie with a broken arm in this week’s Senior Spotlight.

What’s the biggest key to your team’s success this year?

We have a really good offense this year. We have a lot of returning people, so if we just keep the momentum going, and try not to have a major setback, we should do well.

Haley Vandenhouten has 19 goals this season. Do you feel her scoring ability is contagious?

She’s been on my club team for a long time, so when I see her scoring it’s like, ‘Come on Sky, I need to be able to score.’ I guess it kind of gets me riled up and I think she would say the same thing. It’s good because then we’re both assisting each other and we’re both scoring.

Are you excited about the new athletic facility being built at Pulaski?

There has always been a rumor that it’s going to be happening. When I first heard about it I was probably in middle school. … It’s finally starting to happen now, so it’ll be super cool when I come back I’ll be able to see it all. But I wish I could play on it.

Why did you pick to play college soccer at Bemidji State?

Growing up I never really thought about playing in college, but then my club coach sat my whole team down and told all of us that you should actually think about it. … Picking Bemidji, honestly, when they contacted me I had no idea where the school was. Like, I didn’t know anything about it. Then I toured it and fell in love with the campus. It’s so pretty out there.

Do you know what career you’re interested in pursuing?

I want to be a physician assistant. They have a program for that (at Bemidji). … I’m in love with ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ After watching all those seasons, I think it would be a fun job for me and the right job for me.

Did you take advantage of being the youngest of five kids in your family?

I think my siblings would say I got favored. But I think I learned from what they did. I learned what can fly by my parents. I think I played it smart.

Did your three older sisters play sports as well?

Everyone was athletic. They all played soccer growing up. They were also involved with gymnastics. When I got to the choice of playing sports, I just followed what they did.

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How does your gymnastics background help you in soccer?

I think it helped build my mental and physical toughness, because in gymnastics I had to teach myself how to get back up after I fell and how to get over my fears and push myself to get better.

Which girl in your family is the most athletic?

I think it would be a close tie between my sister Morgan and I. We play different positions. She was a really good defender. I would always look up to her because she was a total beast back there. I’m more of a (midfielder), so it would be interesting to see. She’ll come to a few of my practices. Whenever I would scrimmage her it’s fun to go one-on-one against her.

Your older brother, Bradley, is a wrestler. Did you end up having to wrestle him a lot around the house growing up?

I have childhood memories of him pinning me up against the floor. He was wrestling me (one time) and turned me over and I ended up cutting my forehead up against the fireplace.

What have you learned writing for the Pulaski News?

Probably people skills. When I have to go interview people for businesses I have to tell myself to be more formal than I usually would.

What is your favorite article you have written?

I did a recipe article, like an editorial, on a type of cookie that my mom makes that all my friends go crazy about. I got to have a voice in that and it was less formal than usual. That was fun to write. All my friends texted me after it came out and were like you finally gave everyone the recipe. They would say their mom made it and it was so good. It was just fun to hear the feedback.

What’s one of your earliest memories playing soccer?

My earliest memory would be when I was playing in a tournament when I was probably like 7, and I had just broken my arm in a car accident. I didn’t expect to play, but my coach threw me in at goalie. I didn’t know what I was supposed to do. … I had a hard cast on and couldn’t move like anything. I was super nervous. I had bubble wrap taped around it and just looked like a goon.

What’s your most embarrassing soccer memory?

I’m the world’s most clumsy person, so probably once a game I trip over my own feet. There was one time we were playing at (Green Bay) Southwest, and it was before they got their turf, so it was really bumpy. I was running backwards, and I got tripped up on by own feet, and fell straight forward.

What’s your favorite soccer memory?

Probably last year when we beat Notre Dame. It was a big win because they are always super good. For us, we were kind of the underdogs last season I would think and that was kind of a statement game. We showed everyone that we weren’t messing around and we were one of the better teams.

What rule change would you make for soccer?

I’m definitely not a fan of the shootouts. I think it’s the worst way to end a tie. I’d change that. I would just keep playing until someone scores.

Which teammate gets the most excited following a goal?

Morgan Wasilew. She has a really loud voice and I can always hear her. When we score she is the first one to yell and cheer.

Who is the best-marieprom person on the team?

Chloe Pallex. She dresses super nice to school every day. She can wear anything and pull it off.

Which teammate would you entrust to take care of your dog?

Lauren Wanta, our goalkeeper. She is my best friend and a lot like me, so I can see her taking care of my dog.

Who is the most polite person on the team?

Bailey Lardinois. She is just the nicest girl anyone would ever meet. Any time you come off the field she is the first person to come up to you and say, ‘You did really good, Sky.’ Whenever I’m having a bad game she’ll come up to me and reassure me I’m doing good. She is just great to have on the team.

Which teammate should have their own reality TV show?

Brooke Schauer. She has an interesting life, and we always hear the gossip and drama going on in her life. It’s fun to listen to. She always has funny stuff to say.

Who is the most forgetful person on the team?

I wish I could say somebody else, but it would probably be me. I forget a lot of stuff. One summer I was at a tournament in Iowa and I got all the way there and went to change into my jersey, but I picked up the white shirt and it was a different white shirt. I packed the wrong jersey. My coach was super mad at me.

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