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Theresa Knutson: Lighting the Lamp

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When it comes to scoring goals no player in the history of Wisconsin girls hockey has done it more prolifically or proficiently than Onalaska's Theresa Knutson. Who has "lit the lamp" more times then any other girl in the history of the state.

Earlier this week, Weekend Sports Anchor Dave Polzin had a chance to sit down with the Senior Standout.

Polzin:  Theresa, sitting here, with over 250 career goals, 2nd in the nation all-time has it hit you how outstanding that achievement is?

Knutson: Not yet, it's mostly that our team is doing well, and we win a lot of games and stuff so it's more like that right now I'm sure when I'm older I'll look back on it but right now were winning games and how many games we have won in the past few years is incredible.

Polzin: On the list you're surrounded by Division 1 national champs and Olympic medallists, what is it like just being in that company?

Knutson: It's cool it's a good feeling to know that I have accomplished things that girls like that have accomplished, so hopefully in my future I can do things like that too.

Polzin: What's the most meaningful/memorable goal you have ever scored?

Knutson: Probably the 4 overtime goal against Kettle Moraine my sophomore year to go to the state championship game.  I can remember every detail of it, Ellie coming down shooting the puck and it went a little wide and Bailey got the rebound and passed to me and I shot it was just like I don't even know I was speechless it was probably the best goal I have ever scored.

Polzin: Now last year, you made it into the "Faces in the Crowd" portion of Sports Illustrated, what's that like appearing in a national magazine like SI?

Knutson: It's pretty cool and really humbling, I don't know it's one of those things that happen but you kind of don't face it right away it was just a really cool honor. 

Polzin: When the State's history book writes the chapter on Theresa Knutson how do you think you will be viewed?

Knutson: At least I would like to think that people would think that I worked hard all the time, I gave it my best and every game people came to they saw that I gave it my hardest no matter what the outcome was, I want people to know I am dedicated to hockey and that's what I care a lot about.

Polzin: With Girls Hockey still being a relatively new sport in the state, being only around for just 13 seasons, do you see yourself as a pioneer for the game someone other young girls can look up to?

Knutson: I would like to think so I want younger girls to realize you can stay in girls high school hockey instead of going to one of those AAA programs and trying to get a Division 1 offer stay in high school hockey because I know for a fact, I wouldn't want to change coming to the rink everyday and practicing with the team I have, high school girls hockey might be new and a lot of people don't care but sooner or later people will start to care and it will start to be a big thing.

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