SPOONER– Rikki Saletri, the daughter of Rick and Trisha Saletri of Spooner, was the only member of the Hayward-Spooner hockey co-op hailing from Spooner this season.
A senior, Saletri these past four years focused on academics along with athletics.
Having prioritized school and earning an impressive 3.965 GPA while taking some challenging courses, she was inducted into the National Honor Society.
Saletri’s intellectual curiosity will lead her to the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she will will study biomedical engineering.
In the realm of athletics, Saletri’s experience is also broad and deep, focusing on softball and hockey.
Her performances during softball season have earned her varsity letters and the designation of captain in her junior and senior years.
But she says hockey is her sport.
Her achievements on the ice grew as she developed her love of hockey along with her skills.
Saletri started skating at the age of 3. With determination, she played on Team Wisconsin and assisted her team to sectional championships.
She may be best known for contributing greatly to a 2016 WIAA State Hockey Championship, scoring the winning goal over USM with a 4-1 win.
Her exceptional work ethic impresses her peers, who respected her leadership in the roles of both assistant captain and captain.
She was also named MVP of defense for Hayward hockey in 2017/2018.
At her hockey banquet this year she was also awarded The Purple Puck award, and All Independent Team Honorable Mention. She was also awarded the 2019 Hobey Baker Award and made Top 10 for Miss Hockey.
“As parents we could not be more proud of her, she has poured hours into hockey and academics and at times I have no idea how she has done it,” said her mother, Trish. “We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this young lady.”
This summer she will continue to work at Jacks Canoe, help with hockey camps, and finish her traveling career with her U19 Northern Storm Team out of Minnesota.
“Thank you, Rikki, for the most amazing 15 years, of watching you grow as a player an into an amazing young lady. We love you!” said her parents.
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