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Superior Telegram

Superior High School senior Jessica Lindstrom mingled with some of the best athletes in Wisconsin recently at the 2013 Wisconsin Sports Awards.

The event, which took place Thursday at the Kern Center in Milwaukee, included appearances by Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Mike McCarthy and Bo Ryan.

Lindstrom was among three girls nominated for Girls High School Basketball Player of the Year. Winning the award was Arike Ogunbowale of Diving Savior Holy Angels High School.

Mitch Lindstrom, Jessica’s father, said the high school senior spent about an hour and a half with other nominees in the reception area before the awards ceremony.

“Jess and her sister, Lindsey, got their pictures taken with Packer running back Eddie Lacy and Badger basketball players Frank Kaminski and Sam Dekker,” said Mitch Lindstrom. “The girls attempted to get a picture with Rodgers after the program, but he was in a hurry to get out of there so they didn’t.”

Mitch Lindstrom said it was a first-class banquet and a memorable experience.

Following are the complete list of winners:

High School Football Player of the Year

Matt Ferris, Appleton Xavier

Goodwill Power of Work Girls High School Basketball Player of the Year

Arike Ogunbowale, Divine Savior Holy Angels

Rick Majerus Boys High School Basketball Player of the Year

Luke Fischer, Germantown High School

Homegrown Award

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

College Coach of the Year

Lance Leipold, UW-Whitewater football

College Athlete of the Year

Chris Borland, University of Wisconsin football

Baird Community Involved Player of the Year

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Professional Athlete of the Year

Matt Kenseth, NASCAR

Time Warner Cable Business Class Fan Friendly Team of the Year

Green Bay Packers

Associated Bank Inspirational Player of the Year

Ebony Nettles-Bey, Verona High School

Gruber Law Offices Coach of the Year

Steve Showalter, Germantown High School boys basketball

ATI Player of the Year

Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers

American Family Insurance Dream Team of the Year

Germantown High School boys basketball

Potawatomi Game of the Year

Dec. 29, 2013 – Packers vs. Bears (33-28)