Senior Standout: Appleton North's Kari Brekke

Kari Brekke has enjoyed a great career at Appleton North.

APPLETON (WLUK) -- Kari Brekke is a four-year starter on the Appleton North girls basketball team, which is also the defending Division 1 state champion.

Brekke has had a stellar career, which included her topping 1,000 career points Tuesday night.

Recently the point guard, who's headed for New Hampshire, took time to talk about this season and other things in this week's senior standout.

North has four losses this season after going 28-0 last season. How different is this season?

"I think a lot of our season thus far has been trying to find our strengths and weaknesses and kind of find the team we are this year," Brekke said. "Even though we graduated one starter, we kind of reshaped ourselves and we're not the same team we were last year.

Four losses or not Brekke believes her team can win another gold ball.

"Yeah, definitely," she said. "That's every team's goal. But I think it's kind of like the elephant in the room. We don't talk about it a lot but we knew we're capable of doing."

Coach Joe Russom inserted Brekke as a starter as a freshman and he has high praise for the left-hander

"She reflects our entire program," he said. "You look at her success on and off the court, in terms of accolades. She's number one in her class, she gives a lot back to the community. She's the perfect example of what we want in our student athletes."

Brekke is a leader of this year's team, a position she knows she wasn't ready for as a freshman.

"I've grown a lot as a leader since freshman year," she said. "I think I've given myself the ability to talk and to be vocal. Freshman year is more, I want them to like me. If that means I have to be quiet, I'll do that. Being a point guard you have be that second coach on the court and lead the team."

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