The 2020-’21 athletic season for both high school and college athletes was and continues to be anything but normal.

For Northland Pines graduate and UW-Superior senior Amanda Sergent, she and her Yellowjackets teammates manipulated through both a shortened, pandemic-riddened season on the ice, losing 10 players who chose to sit out due to COVID-19, yet putting a solid product on the ice to compete within the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Conference (WIAC).

Sergent was praised following the season by her head coach saying she managed to continue to build on her legacy of being one of the best and hardest-working players to ever skate for UW-Superior.

“When I look back at the years that Amanda has skated for us, the one thing I?think I’ll always associate with her is she always did all the little things, and did them right,” coach Dan Laughlin said. “Just one of those players who is very smart, always heads-up and confident.”

Sergent went to Superior as one of the most coveted athletes Laughlin said he’d recruited.

“You could just tell she was going to be one of those players who was going to create opportunities for herself because of how hard-working she was,” Laughlin said. “And the very first thing I notice and will always remember her for, has to be her work ethic. Whenever someone works as hard as she does, they’re going to get opportunities, and that’s what Amanda did.”

Laughlin said the pandemic made it hard on not just him, but his team this season that was dealt a hand they had no control in.

“There was a lot of sacrifice with this year’s team,” he said. “Players who maybe had to double-shift on special teams, play defense for the first time in awhile and so on. But we had a special group, and they were willing to do whatever it took to get the job done.”

Laughlin said in talking with Sergent before the season, neither were sure exactly how things would play out.

Sergent, who last year earned the captain’s “C” to be worn on her sweater, wasn’t about to let what she couldn’t control lead her astray and instead came with the same attitude every practice and every game.

“She always put in an honest effort each day,” Laughlin said. “And that never changed which I commend her for. It’s hard at any level to be consistent with your work, and she did that. Every time she was on the ice she was a competitor. You could tell that she was a player that when she was on the ice, she wanted to work her tail off and do it the right way.”

Sergent started in and played all 10 games for the Yellowjackets this season who went 4-6 overall, and were 3-4 in the WIAC.

Throughout her career thus far, Sergent has skated in 99 games for UW-Superior. She’s scored 27 goals across that time, assisted on 27 others, scores for a total of 54 career points.

Due to NCAA forgiving a season of eligibility for all athletes during this last year, Sergent is allowed to return as a super-senior and play a fifth year for the team.

Laughlin said he’s not  yet certain if Sergent has 100% committed, but hopes all roads lead to another campaign with her as a forward, and team captain.

“We’ve got one of the best recruiting classes in my 20 years coming in this next year, and with a really good senior group that includes Amanda we have the chance to do something really special next season,” he said.

Sergent was an All-Conference Honorable Mention selection a year ago as a junior, and this year earned First Team honors in her senior season. A selection her coach said was well-deserved.

“She is a person who just gets so much ice time it’s hard not to notice her,” Laughlin said. “Amanda never wanted to come off the ice, or at least if she did she’d never ask to. She’d always be the one looking at me and saying ‘yep, I am ready to go.’ She’s a work horse, and no matter how tired she might have been she was going to get the job done.”