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Wellnitz heading to UWP
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PLATTEVILLE - Black Hawk High School's Kim Wellnitz will attend the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and play basketball for the Pioneers, coach Platteville coach Tina Kuhle announced Tuesday.

Wellnitz is a 6-foot forward who earned first-team all-conference honors as a sophomore and junior, and was honored as first team all-state as a junior, when she led her team to its first state appearance in school history.

"It will be totally new to play in college than in high school," Wellnitz said. "There will be a lot of new people, but I'm excited. "I met with the coach a few times and she was really nice. It should be fun and exciting."

Wellnitz reached her 1,000th career point earlier this season and is the all-time leading scorer in Black Hawk girls basketball history. Wellnitz has led her team to two conference championships, three regional championships and one sectional championship, with playoffs still left to be played this season. Currently, the Warriors are ranked third in WIAA Division 4 in two prep polls.

"I think it's really cool to even be looked at to play at the next level. It's a really big honor when someone tells you they want you to come play for them in college," Wellnitz said.

Also, she earned first team all-conference honors in volleyball as a junior and senior. She is a member of the National Honor Society and on the high honor roll.

"As a coach, you are very fortunate to coach someone like Kim," Black Hawk's Mike Flanagan said. "She's a good kid. I get kind of emotional thinking about losing her, but I hope she gets to play a lot more basketball. She represents the last kid that I coached my first year at Black Hawk. Kim has been here (playing varsity) since she was a freshman."

The daughter of Thomas and Donielle Wellnitz, she plans to major in elementary education at UW-Platteville.

"I love working with little kids," she said.

Platteville is a school of 7,000 that belongs to NCAA Division III and the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Pioneers play in the newly renovated Bo Ryan Court, named after the former UW-Platteville coach and current Wisconsin Badger coach who led the men to four NCAA III national championships.

"I love the campus - it's beautiful. It is close to home and I like that because I have little sisters and a big family and I like to see them," Wellnitz said.

- UW-Platteville

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