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WALB STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK (3/9/16): Crook competes at the highest level, everywhere

Kirstin Crook sees everything as an opportunity to compete (Source: WALB) Kirstin Crook sees everything as an opportunity to compete (Source: WALB)
Crook has already won two region championships in competitive cheer (Source: WALB) Crook has already won two region championships in competitive cheer (Source: WALB)
Crook participating in the long jump at Tift County high (Source: WALB) Crook participating in the long jump at Tift County high (Source: WALB)
Crook was 4th in the region in points (14.4) and 3nd in steals (2.8) (Source: WALB) Crook was 4th in the region in points (14.4) and 3nd in steals (2.8) (Source: WALB)
Torey Crook (Left) and Keith Crook (Right) are Kirstin's proud parents (Source: WALB) Torey Crook (Left) and Keith Crook (Right) are Kirstin's proud parents (Source: WALB)
FITZGERALD, GA (WALB) -

It's not every day one of your top basketball players doubles as a competitive cheerleader.…Those are just two of four sports for Kirstin Crook. 

She's blazing fast on the track and her skills on the court propelled Fitzgerald to their first ever winning season. Crook is only a sophomore, yet she's taken Fitzgerald by storm right from the gun.

Even more impressive, Crook picked up competitive cheerleading and football cheer, which means an offseason is just as foreign to her as failure.

"It's state, region cheerleading, and I'm running into basketball (season)," said Kirstin. "After cheerleading practice, running to the gym. I missed tryouts the last 2 years and I had to make it up."

Crook is the ultimate competitor.

Her father sees it at every practice and game as a member of the Fitzgerald coaching staff. He had no problem quantifying just how bad Kirstin goes after it.

"From 1-10 she's definitely a 10," said Keith Crook. "She's one of the most competitive athletes or child I've ever met in my life."

That drive has led to back-to-back region cheer championships, qualifying for state in track as a freshman, and averaging just under 15 points per game, propelling the Lady Canes to a 21-6 record.

She's not just busy, she's busy being great—and not just athletically. Crook has straight A's and boasts a 4.0 GPA. Having a mother who helps organize and motivate doesn't hurt.

"Communication is key," reminded her mom Torey Crook. "We talk about what she has going on. We have a very intensive schedule of everything we have to do for the week." 

"The support system I have," said Kirstin. "It's so strong. My grandparents, everybody."

Her goal is to one day star in the WNBA. And she feels there's no hurdle she can't clear, and no leap she will ever fear.

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