If blondes have more fun, Lake Highlands High School senior Becky Wendt should be having a blast. Wendt describes herself as a “fun” person, and that boundless enthusiasm is evident in her love of soccer, volleyball and basketball.
At 5-feet, 10-inches, the Milwaukee, Wisc., native has the height to spike, the leaping ability to play beneath the basket, and the wingspan to play goalie.
“Becky is one of the most natural athletes in this school,” says volleyball coach Tracy Hurst. “She has such great natural instincts and reactions. She’s totally dedicated to school and sports.”
Wendt leads the rebuilding volleyball team in kills (unreturnable spikes), and she says her serving and spiking have improved since last season.
“The best part about volleyball is spiking,” Wendt says with a smile surrounded by a smattering of freckles.
“I could do without some of the bruises from diving and hitting the ground, but volleyball is actually the least physically demanding of my three sports.”
More than a year ago, Wendt attempted a soccer shot and broke nearly all of the bones on the top of her left foot. Following surgery, she was adorned with various casts that cut short her junior volleyball season.
But she returned for the last part of the basketball season and played a key role in the Wildcats’ 50-25 playoff victory over Spruce.
Although Wendt could land a scholarship in any of the sports, a productive senior basketball season could open the most doors.
Off the court, Wendt listens to Garth Brooks, enjoys seafood and occasionally watches her favorite television show, “Beverly Hills 90210.” She’s the oldest of three children (Tim, 14, and Katie, 12), both of whom are active in Forest Meadow Junior High sports.
“Tim will probably be tall like dad (6-3) since he already has those big size-12 feet as a freshman,” Wendt says.
Wendt says she admires her grandfather, who has supported her athletic pursuits. Someday, she says, the FBI and police work may interest her, as may a coaching career.
But for now, Wendt continues to bounce from sport to sport.
“If I could only play one sport in college, I guess I’d want it to be basketball,” Wendt says. “But it really doesn’t matter. I like them all.”