B-T’s Steien named WIAA Scholar Athlete
Lindsay Steien was walking down a hallway in Blair-Taylor High School earlier this month when the school’s athletic director, Randy Storlie, pulled her aside for a quick congratulations.
Storlie wanted to be the first person to tell the senior — an accomplished three-sport athlete at the school — that she was being recognized for being one of the state’s top performers both athletically and academically.
Steien has been named a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Scholar Athlete for 2023. Only 32 seniors across the state are given the honor each year.
“I think it’s pretty cool that I can represent our school and communities like this and the other recipients have done that in the past in our schools. I just think it’s a cool honor to be able to perform and play sports while also being recognized in the classroom,” Steien told the Times last week.
Steien helped the Blair-Taylor basketball program to four straight Dairyland Conference titles and a state runner-up finish this winter as a senior. She helped the softball team to a state appearance and three conference titles so far.
As a volleyball player, Steien was named team MVP three times and was an all-conference player this fall.
She is the top student in her class with a 4.0 GPA and is also involved in student council, FFA and Lettermen’s Club.
“We are so proud of Lindsay for being selected for this prestigious award given out by the WIAA,” Storlie wrote in a press release. “She is very deserving of this award and is our school’s fourth individual to receive such honor.”
Steien tries to get a lot of work done at school because it gets busy after school with practices and games. There are some late nights after practice, though, she admitted.
Steien will be honored at a May 7 banquet in Wausau with the other winners.
Steien said her favorite courses have been in the business realm learning about personal finance and accounting, and she plans to follow that interest in college next fall as she attends UW-La Crosse to major in finance.
She has not made any decisions on whether she will play college sports next fall.
“I just want to thank everyone that’s helped me get here throughout youth sports, high school sports, all my family members that have supported me and our communities and fans that have been here along the way and helped me get to where I am right now,” she said. “They’ve just helped us so much.”