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The recipient of the 2008 Frank Parker Award for girls is Caroline Starck, a high school senior from Williams Bay.  Caroline is a three-time WIAA State Singles Champion in Division 2, and compiled a 139-6 record in her four years of high school tennis under Coach Jim Karedes.  One of only six players to win three or more state singles titles in the history of Wisconsin high school tennis, Caroline lost just one match in her last two years of competition. 

Playing the #1 singles position for Williams Bay her entire career, Caroline helped her team qualify for WIAA Team State all four years.  In 2007, Caroline was ranked 2nd in Girls’ 18’s in the Wisconsin District and 24th in the Midwest Section.  She currently ranks 117th nationally in her graduating class on tennisrecruiting.net. 

An exceptional athlete, Caroline’s sporting accomplishments are not limited to the tennis court.  In 2006, she was the starting shortstop and Co-MVP on the Williams Bay-Big Foot Division 4 state champion softball team.  In the state championship game, Caroline delivered the winning hit with the score tied, the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the final inning.  After three seasons of softball, Caroline holds career records for her team in hits, runs, runs-batted-in and batting average.  A 2006 Second Team All-State selection, she has another season left to play in 2009.

A 3.7 GPA student, Caroline was named the Regional News Athlete of the Year in 2006 and 2007, and the Wisconsin State Journal 2007 Female Tennis Player of the Year.  She represented the Wisconsin District on the 2004 and 2005 14-and-under Jr. District Cup teams and the 2007 and 2008 Marian Wood Baird Cup teams.  At the 2008 Baird Cup competition, Caroline received the Leanne Grimes Davidge Sportsmanship Award.

Presented to one girl among the 14 Midwest Section teams in attendance (120 players), this prestigious honor is voted on by the players.

Described by her high school tennis coach, Jim Karedes, as the ultimate team player, she “always put the team first, was interested in improving everybody around her, led by example and carried a passion for success with her from the first day of practice four years ago.”  Her softball coach, Jeff Kuespert, says, “Caroline’s work ethic is second to none.  She’s the kind of person that makes me want to be a better teacher and a better coach so I don’t let her down.” 

Throughout her career, Caroline has balanced honors courses, four state championships in two sports, and giving back to her community, all while taking part in the jazz band and pep band at school and serving on student council as vice president of her class for three years and secretary for another.  In spite of all these time-consuming activities, Caroline’s defining characteristic will always be her natural affinity for being a great friend and teammate to those around her -- much like Frank Parker, the man after whom this distinguished award is named.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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