Note: For more on Cormac Sampson and Abigail Stow — including advice they’d give to younger athletes — pick up the June issue of Buckshot the Magazine, on newsstands Thursday throughout the Chippewa Valley.
Abigail Stow and Cormac Sampson.
Two names we’ve typed out in the Leader-Telegram often in the past four years.
Seemingly every season too.
The duo from Eau Claire Memorial have been household names in Chippewa Valley prep sports since the 2014-15 school year, and they both found ways to raise their own standards seemingly every week.
Stow, a hockey and soccer player, scored 196 career goals in hockey while dishing out 135 assists. This winter, she earned Wisconsin’s Ms. Hockey award en route to leading the Eau Claire Area Stars to the WIAA state championship. She was the also the area’s leading scorer in soccer in each of the past two springs. She’s got a knack for scoring goals and will take her talents to the ice at UW-River Falls.
Sampson, who came on to the scene just a little bit later, starred in football, basketball and throwing the shot and discus for the Old Abes. A kid with raw athleticism who lived in the weight room, Sampson accepted a scholarship to play tight end at the University of Wisconsin on May 13, 2017.
Of all the accolades both have wracked up — seven first-team all-state honors and two trips to state between them — they end their careers in purple and white with one more. They earned the male and female athletes of the year honors at the inaugural Leader-Telegram Prep Sports Awards on Thursday night at Florian Gardens, an event featuring athletes selected from 18 high schools throughout the Chippewa Valley.
“They are a class representation of our school, our community and they embody the idea of what we are looking for in a student athlete,” Memorial athletic director Kevin Thompson said. “Academically, they stand out, and athletically they stand out. They are truly two great individuals.”