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Athlete of the Week: Haley Puk

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Waterloo West's Haley Puk has one of the smoothest strokes in the state of Iowa.

"She works tremendously hard, and right now she's one of the best shooters in the state for high school players, and I could probably even extend that to the country. I feel that strongly about the type of shooter that she is," said West High Head Coach Dr. Tony Pappas.

Over a 4 year career, Haley has shot better than 40 percent from the arc, and better than 44 percent the past 2 seasons.

She credits that success to two people and to a lot of work on her form.

"Dr Pappas, he started working with my shot when I was really young, and also going to the gym with my dad all the time. He'd always work with me on my shot, so huge shout out to Dr Pappas and my dad," Puk said.

Haley, a Bowling Green recruit, is one of the key cogs in a very talented West High squad that's busted out to a 16 and 2 record on the season and is a team that could make a lot of noise come the post-season.

But Haley Puk says for them, there's just one goal: "Go far and get to the state championship and win the whole thing."

"Most definitely, these young ladies have worked really, really hard. They're wonderful people and they deserve nothing but the best, and hopefully the best will still be yet to come," said Dr. Pappas.

Chasing that goal hasn't quite been smooth this season because Haley missed a game already with a strained tendon in her non-shooting hand.

She says rehab's gone well, and it's something she's gotten used to.

"My teammates have good passes, so it's not really a problem to worry about catching with it, so I'm kind of getting used to it," said Puk.

"Our athletic trainer, Dave Fricke's, done a great job, and she's stuck by the therapy and is getting back to 100% now," said Pappas.

While this is a Wahawk team that's been a bit banged up, it is now getting healthy at just the right time, as they chase their championship dreams.

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