Lee stuns as singer, runs as a member of Ashwaubenon cross country team

How do you say stunned in Italian?

“I have performed in front of people who didn’t believe I sang a few times, they generally walk away with a shocked look on their faces,” Anastasia Lee laughed.

The petite Ashwaubenon senior usually lets her voice – and if the audience still isn’t satisfied (this never happens) – Lee directs them to her YouTube page.

“Until they like play her videos on youtube they don’t believe she has a really big voice,” Anastasia Lee’s sister, Tatiana Marie said.

But if that surprise wasn’t enough, Lee also runs cross country for the Jaguars. She runs around at a nearly seven minute mile pace and she swings between varsity and junior varsity this season.  The more boisterous of her two passions though began at an early age.

“When I was 8 years old my dad came home from Europe with a [Luciano] Pavarotti

CD and I fell in love with the music,” Lee recalled. The 18-year-old is part Italian but she grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. “My mom would walk up the stairs any time during the day and I’d be singing in Italian for hours and hours.”

While the performing in her classical crossover genre helps Lee’s distancing running, training for cross country may also be a benefit to her vocals.

“The concerts I perform at generally run 2 hours so that’s a big load for one person to carry,” she noted. “The running helps me build endurance for those concerts believe it or not so I guess I technically owe coach Cal and cross country for some of my musical capability.”

Her sister, teammate and duet partner, can also appreciate the connection between the two skills.

The singing and the running work together because they both require a lot of lung power so the more you sing the more your lungs develop,” Tatiana said. “They both just require a lot of practice individually so it takes a lot of time.

Lee’s accolade include a trio of Italian Idols, performing with musical icon Josh Grobin and racking up over 3.5 million views on her YouTube page but there’s one venue she wants to perform in the most – Lambeau Field.

“It’s always been a goal because it’s right down the street from where I live basically,” Lee finished. “It’s always been a goal to perform for the Packers.”

Your move, Packers.

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Marinette cheerleader, Rose has alopecia and remains proud of her image

A rose by any other name wouldn’t be Selena Rose.

“They don’t really care whether or not I’m wearing a wig or a bandana or anything at all,” the Marinette cheerleader said.

The Marines junior has a non-life threatening disease called alopecia with one side effect being being that she can’t grow hair. Now Rose stands proud with her look on the sidelines, but that wasn’t always the case.

“She always wore wigs and bandanas. She was always very shy,” cheerleading coach Linda Laprise said.

Rose always wore a wig as freshman but with the help of her best friend DeAnna Saunier, she gained became more comfortable with herself and her image.

“She got the confidence in sophomore year that she’s going to go for her junior year without it. No one says anything, they say she looks good and she gots the confidence for it,” Saunier said. “It’s herself, it’s who she is.”

“They don’t really care whether or not I’m wearing a wig or a bandana or anything at all,” Rose continued. “Anybody that tries to say anything about it, like bad about it or whatever, they always back me up and stuff. I’ve always had that.”

Rose is one of the team’s best bases in stunts. Yet, she also constantly feeling the support from her team.

“I told her she looked good without it,” asserted Saunier. “She doesn’t need anything, she shouldn’t care what people say about her.”

“When she stopped wearing her wigs, everyone said how wonderful she looked,” Laprise said.  She’s just gorgeous and she doesn’t need anything else.”

And while she may still stand out amongst her teammates, there are some perks to have no hair including saving lots of shampoo in the shower.

“I don’t have to worry about anything, it’s just in and out. All my friends like to tell me that they’re jealous about it because I don’t have to shave or anything so,” Rose said laughing.

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Randall game-saving deflection step up by prior play

Damarious Randall’s timing is impeccable.

The rookie cornerback made the biggest play of the game – and his young career. With 20 seconds remaining in the game, Randall jumped the route by Chargers running back Danny Woodhead in the flats and knocked the pass down on 4th-and-3 to seal the Green Bay victory.

“That was one of the best feelings of my life to keep up 6-0 and just to keep on pushing,” Randall said.

That moment, that play, those instincts by Randall were a byproduct of a moment, a play and an instinct just moments before.

The Chargers drove down the field in the final minutes needing a touchdown to tie the game. After stopping Woodhead on first-and-goal, San Diego dialed up a play that could have evened the score. Tight End Antonio Gates broke toward the back corner of the endzone, but as Phillip Rivers looked that way – and threw in that direction – Randall had accidentally sunk back to help in coverage.

Rivers overthrew Gates and it landed helplessly incompletely. Yet, it also may have step up what the Chargers would call with the game on the line.

“Rivers threw it to the corner and had he no-looked to the flat he could have gotten Damarius. I was kind of thinking to myself I wonder if they come back to that play,” Aaron Rodgers said. The Packers quarterback asserted that if he were in that same position he would have likely targeted the rookies man as well.

“Sure enough they did and he made a great play on the ball and knocked it away,” he continued.

Thank in large part to the deflection, the Packers remain undefeated after beating San Diego, 27-20.

It’s the second straight week a rookie has responded to their opportunity. Against St. Louis last week, rookie cornerback Quinten Rollins snatched up a pair of interceptions – including one in the final moments of the fourth quarter.

It was Randall’s time and he didn’t let the Packers down.

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Gordon’s homecoming marred by poor performance, injury

It was a special day for Melvin Gordon – and it turned out especially bad.

The former Badgers running back and native of Kenosha, Wisconsin returned to his home state as a member of the Chargers. The rookie only carried the ball seven times for 29 yards and fumbled twice – losing one.

“Just frustrated. I have to be better out there and it just kills me that that kind of happened especially going up against this type of team,” Gordon said.

The first round selection by San Diego starred for Wisconsin. Gordon rushed for 2,587 yards and 29 touchdowns last year while with the Badgers so such a poor performance – as he got benched in favor of backup running back Danny Woodhead – isn’t something he is accustomed to.

“I feel like I could have been out there helping the guys out and I wasn’t out there because I made some mistakes and that’s solely on me,” he said. “That’s kind of what hurts more.”

It was an opportunity Gordon had been looking forward to and rightly so. The outcome was disappointing but it wasn’t due to a lack of preparation.

“My emotions were pretty much in check, I wasn’t overly excited or anything like that,” Gordon said. “I came in ready to play like every game.”

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