After undergoing two knee surgeries in the second half of 2015, Muskego's Christy Dachowski rounded into shape and put together a fine senior season in softball.
Dachowski, who has a genetic knee problem, had her first surgery in July, then another in December.
'After that, it took a while to get back into playing shape,' she said. 'It was about March before I was able to get over the rustiness from being off so long. I came into the (softball) season at about 75 percent, and it was about two or three weeks into the season before I got my swing back the way it was.'
Once she rediscovered her swing and got her timing back at the plate, she took off and was a huge offensive threat for the Warriors the rest of the season.
Dachowski finished at .429 with 15 extra-base hits, including six home runs. She was a big run-producer, driving in 37 and scoring 28 to help Muskego claim its third straight Classic 8 Conference championship with a 10-4 record.
'It was important to me to take on a leadership role this season,' she said.
For her accomplishments on the field, and the inspiration and leadership she gave the Warriors, Dachowski is part of the 2016 Now Newspapers All-Suburban team as an infielder.
Dachowski was also named first-team all-region by the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches' Association the past two seasons.
She was also given the honor of being team captain both as a junior and senior.
'As a junior, she was voted one of our captains,' said coach John Rosenberg. 'We do not usually have juniors in this role, but her teammates wanted her to lead them to back-to-back conference championships. Christy is a very hard worker and a good motivator and is well-respected by every coach in and out of our conference.'
Her leadership was again shown by her taking charge of practices early because Rosenberg's school lets out 40 minutes later than Muskego High School.
'She was a great 'coach' when I was late,' Rosenberg said. 'She took charge and got things going for me. I will miss her leadership next year.'
Enjoyed playing career
Dachowski said the 2016 season exceeded her expectations.
'The three-peat was a great experience,' she said. 'It has been an awesome four years.'
She plans to attend and play softball for Carroll University next season, with a major in physical therapy.
'Carroll is getting a quality softball player and person,' Rosenberg said. 'Christy is a real student of the game, something that not everyone can say. I can see her coaching some day, and she will be great at it.'