A last name is something that when in a group can set you apart, but at the same it ties you to everyone else that you share that name with in your bloodline.
In high school athletics, a last name can mark a family legacy. Every school is America has those families that consume the record books in different sports and different genders.
At Plainfield North Krieger is becoming one of those names.
Jack, the oldest, set the tone for the Tigers, graduating in 2010 as one of the early star athletes in North lore. Kevin, the youngest is a junior this season and following in Jack’s footsteps as a dominant basketball player.
And this season, Morgan, the middle one and only girl, is making sure to seal the family legacy.
She is helping the North softball team to one of the best seasons in school history and individually is having a career year.
“She has been a whole new kid this year,” said North coach Allison Wodziak. “I don’t know if it is the confidence of being a senior or the confidence of knowing she is going to college and just wants to be the best that she can be.
“She has always been a kid that has worked hard and given 100 percent. She is one of the most selfless kids I have ever met. She has always been a leader by example, but this year is the first year she has stepped up with a voice, which is nice. She has a maturity beyond her years that people respond to. She wants the best for her team and wants to do the best she can for her teammates. It is never selfishly motivated. She has a newfound confidence in her this year.”
Morgan, who is committed to play next season at St. Ambrose College in Iowa, has enjoyed her season thus far.
“I was excited to come out and hit,” she said. “As a team, we were excited to come out and prove ourselves. It was my senior year so I wanted to go out with a bang and I have been doing well so far.”
She has also enjoyed following the model Jack set for her years ago.
“He is a role model so I want to play like him, be an athlete like him and compete like him,” she said. “It is an honor to be in the family and have people be proud of us and to be proud of ourselves. I guess that is how our parents raised us, to work hard and be good at what we do. I go out and support them and they come and support me. It is nice to have people in the family to look up to and that I can look up to them.”
And sharing her time in school with Kevin has led to a fun family rivalry.
“We are competitive, I will go out at a game and come home and he has practice and I will say I did this and he will tell me what he did, so it is fun,” Morgan said.