Meet badger freshman Katie Christner! She is from Tinley Park, Ill., and attended Victor J. Andrew High School. The righty batter was a four-year letterwinner and was named first-team all-conference as a sophomore and junior. As a sophomore, junior and senior she was named Southwest Suburban all-conference and Illinois Coach's Association second-team. She earned the Scholar Athlete award all four years. She also earned the Chicago Sun-times all-area honorable mention award during her junior year.
During her senior year she was named Southtown Star all-area, Chicago Tribune all-state honorable mention, Chicago Tribune Scholar Athlete team and Victor J. Andrew Female Athlete of the Year. Her head coach was Jim Holba. She was also a letterwinner in volleyball during her sophomore year. Katie was a National Merit commended student and earned the Community Service Award for over 100 hours of service. She graduated first in her class of 530.
Her parents are Randy and Julie Christner. Her father, Randy played baseball at Cornell and her mother, Julie, played soccer at Walsh University. She has two younger siblings, Kelly and Travis. Her hobbies include hanging out with friends and family, coaching the Grissom Middle School softball team and reading. Her major is currently undecided.
Q: Who or what got you started in softball?
A: My dad played baseball in college, so he signed me up to play softball when I was old enough.
Q: At what age did you start playing softball?
A: I started playing in a recreation league when I was seven, and I started playing travel softball when I was nine.
Q: If you didn't play softball, which sport would you play?
Q: What is your dream job?
A: Owning a bakery in Ocean City, N.J. with my sister.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: She's the Man
Q: Who is your favorite athlete/athletic team?
A: Derek Jeter and the Pittsburgh Steelers
Q: Describe your dream vacation
A:.Going to Ocean City, New Jersey every summer with my cousins, Brett, Cole and Meagan.
Q: What is your favorite sports/softball memory?
A: Winning conference at my high school during sophomore year. We hadn't won a conference title since the mid-eighties.
Q: Do you have any pump up or pre-game music or rituals?
A: I like to listen to A Day to Remember and Blink 182 before games.
Q: What is the best part of playing softball at Wisconsin?
A: The fact that I know my teammates will always be there for me, no matter what.
Q: Where is your favorite spot on campus?
A: The grassy area by Elizabeth Waters that overlooks the lake.
Q: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Chocolate chip cookie dough
Q: What is your favorite Crayola crayon color?
A: Sunset orange
Q: What TV show do you wish you could be in?
A: One Tree Hill
Q: If you could be any person for a day, who would you be?
A: Jenna Dewan (married to Channing Tatum)
Q: If you were stranded on an island and could only have three items with you, what would they be?
A: My sister, jugs of water and a boat to get away in (haha)