photo courtesy viterboathletics.com
Joe Cliver was a two-time FVA wrestling champion and two-time first-team all-FVA baseball player for Hortonville before graduating in 2016. He also earned honorable mention all-conference honors in football. Cliver is now entering his senior year as a pitcher for the baseball team at Viterbo University.
Additionally, Cliver was featured as the FVA spotlight athlete on Feb. 16, 2016. Here is an update of what he is doing now.
Undergraduate College Attended: Viterbo University
Academic Major: Business Administration
Primary College Athletic Achievements: NAIA Scholar-Athlete, two-time NSAA Scholar Athlete
Current Residence: La Crosse, Wis.
Current Career: Full-time Student / Intern at Thrivent Financial
What game/event against an FVA opponent stands out in your memory and why? Hortonville entered the FVA my junior year of high school. We hosted the conference tournament that year. Going into the finals match, my opponent was Josh Adams of Fond du Lac. Josh was a great wrestler, and our matches always went back and forth. The finals match came down to the wire, but I was able to win Hortonville's first FVA conference title in our home gym. It was truly an amazing experience.
Who was your favorite athlete you competed against in the FVA? Brice Swick, Kimberly
Who was your favorite FVA team to compete against? Baseball - Kimberly, Football - Fond du Lac / Marshfield, Wrestling - Kaukauna
What makes you most proud of your high school? The focus of providing quality educators, coaches, and facilities to give Greenville and Hortonville students the best opportunities possible. When Hortonville first came into the conference we felt that people doubted our ability to compete in the FVA. I think since we've entered the conference we have proven that we can compete at a high level in one of the best athletic conferences in the state.
Please share anything else you have done or accomplished since high school that is noteworthy: Opportunity this past summer to be a starting pitcher for the La Crosse Loggers in the Northwoods League