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Athlete of the Week: Landon Stepan, Mosinee

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MOSINEE (WAOW) -- Mosinee quarterback Landon Stepan said before this season started that he had two goals: win the conference, and beat Merrill.

His Indians won't win the Great Northern, but they did take down their arch rival last week in our Game of the Week.

Mosinee led from wire to wire in its 33-16 win over Merrill last Friday, clinching a playoff spot with the victory. Stepan paved the way with 260 total yards and three touchdowns - two through the air and one on the ground.

"He's a season veteran," Mosinee head coach Paul Nievinski said. "He plays a lot of sports and he's very competitive. He's a heady, smart kid. Not a big kid, but a very common sense kid."

A two-year starter, Stepan has seen his role in the offense increase during his senior season. Last year he had only 106 pass attempts. This year, he already has 102 completions. With the increased workload, he's taken the step that most seniors take as one of the most counted-upon leaders of his team.

"I try to be positive with (my teammates)," Stepan told Newsline 9. We joke around from time to time but when it comes down to it, I try to lead them the best I can. The quarterback of the team has to be the leader."

In today's day in age, specialization is the norm and three sport athletes don't come around as often as they used to. However, Stepan is sort of a throwback.

He was third on the Mosinee hockey team in points last winter, batted .439 last spring as the Indians baseball team made another appearance in the sectionals, and this fall he's quarterbacked the Mosinee football team back to the playoffs.

"He's a very active guy," Nievinski said. "He does everything. He plays hockey, he plays baseball. He's a good student. He's active in the community and he's a friend to a lot of people. He's a big part of this school and a really neat kid."

But it doesn't end there. By all accounts, Stepan is a pretty good hunter as well. He told us he shot a big buck a couple of weekend's ago.

"It was fun to get that one, during football season yet too," he said with a smile. "I didn't have much time to go, only went four times and I was able to shoot that so it was pretty exciting."

When asked if he's more accurate with a bow or a football, Stepan flashed the sense of humor his coach beamed about. 

"I don't know," he laughed. "I don't throw it too good sometimes and you can't always be accurate with the bow. I guess I'm not too bad either way.
Mosinee closes out its regular season at home against Lakeland on Friday. Newsline 9 will have highlights on Sports Express Friday night at 10.

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