There have been many excellent athletes to come through the Colfax High School sports program in its many years of existence, but very rarely have we seen a female and male athlete in a four year span become so successful on both the individual and team level as Mallie Doucette and Ethin Kiekhafer.
Both athletes earned 12 letters in their high school careers with Mallie receiving one in volleyball, three in cross country, four in basketball and four in softball while Ethin was a four year letterwinner in football, basketball and baseball. Mallie was named to seven All Conference teams (three for basketball and four for softball) while Ethin made nine All Conference teams (two for football, four for basketball and three for baseball). Mallie ran on two conference champion teams in cross country and ran in the state meet twice, was a key player on four conference championship teams in basketball which also won two regional and one sectional championships, allowing them to go to state where they finished with a silver ball her junior year. In her senior year, her softball team beat Pepin/Alma and Elk Mound, both teams they had not beaten in many years. Ethin was instrumental in the football team getting into the playoffs his senior year for the first time since 2006. He played on two conference championship basketball teams, three regional and one sectional champion team, and like Mallie, had the chance to compete at the highest level, that being the state tournament his sophomore year.
Both Mallie and Ethin are the youngest kids in their family, with Mallie having two older sisters and Ethin two older brothers. Both have chosen basketball as the sport of their future, with Mallie playing in Minnesota for Moorhead State while Ethin will stay in Wisconsin and play for Viterbo in La Crosse. They culminated their high school careers by playing in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association game for the Division 4 North teams with Ethin scoring 11 points in a 82-72 loss to the South team, (according to his official statsman Grandpa Stan), while Mallie contributed nine or ten points, (she wasn’t exactly sure) in her team’s win over the South team.
With their level of competitiveness and solid work ethic, no doubt they will continue their success at the college level. You can always follow them this fall on their school’s respective websites.