Green Bay Southwest sophomore Natisha Hiedeman is the kind of athlete who could probably beat you on any given day.
Her coaches describe her as a natural.
"She's really got what it takes to be a good athlete," says Southwest assistant track and field coach Brenda Johnson. "She's a hard worker. She's got that natural spunk that allows her to compete at a high level. She's very determined and she's got some goals she focusing in on and is ready to go with."
Hiedeman's big goal this spring is to qualify for the WIAA State Track and Field Meet in four different events. Last year she was the only freshman girl in Division 1 to appear in three events at the state meet in La Crosse. So just how tough is it for a relative newcomer to the sport to keep up with all that?
"Ya, it's hard," Hiedeman said Tuesday. "But I couldn't give up an event."
Why should she? At Tuesday's Fox River Classic Conference meet, Hiedeman took home titles in the long jump and triple jump, while finishing 2nd in the high jump and 3rd in the 100 meter hurdles.
"I think I'm doing good, but there's still room for improvement," Hiedeman said. "I'm working on that, and trying to get better for regionals and sectionals."
When you consider all her accomplishments, you have to remember that track and field remains basically a hobby for Hiedeman and a way for her to stay in shape for her true passion, basketball. The 10th grader has already been offered a Division1 scholarship by Kathi Bennett at Northern Illionois , and more are likely on the way as she continues to play AAU ball this summer.
She's just trying to keep up with her half -brother, Seymour's Sandy Cohen. Cohen is also known for his jumping ability which was on display during his many dunks this past winter on the basketball court. Cohen's received offers from Marquette, Green Bay, among other schools.
"He's getting a lot of looks and it's crazy," says Hiedeman of her half-brother. "I'm really happy for him it's awesome."
And Hiedeman continues to give many different sports a look. This fall she played competitive tennis for the first time because she thought it could help her basketball footwork.
Even though hoops will always come first with Heideman, those around her appreciate the fact she gives her all to everything she does.
"I think when she's in her sport at the time, she's in it," said Johnson. "She's always got basketball in the background because that's her love. But she's always working on what she's supposed to be working on for her (other) sports."
And this super-sophomore continues to raise the bar for herself every season, while never backing down from a new challenge.