Liz Klukas graduated from Waseca High School in 2000 and is one of Waseca’s outstanding three sport athletes. After high school, she was recruited for basketball and received a full scholarship to Minnesota State University – Moorhead, graduating in 2005 with a degree in Mass Communications / Advertising.
She was in the Waseca band in her freshman year and an excellent student, on the “A” honor roll all four years. Liz was voted by students as Waseca High School Most Athletic Female. She was also involved in horse shows, winning many Grand Champion and Reserve Champion awards and many top ten placings at the Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show, which is the 2nd largest show in the Nation. While in high school, Liz earned eight varsity letters; two in volleyball, three in basketball and three in track.
In Volleyball, Liz was a varsity player as junior and senior. As a senior she was either 1st or 2nd in six stat categories. She was selected team captain, team MVP, All-Area and All-Conference.
Liz was the center on the Bluejay basketball team. She moved up to varsity in her sophomore year and was 3rd on the team in scoring and 2nd on the team in rebounds. In her junior year, she helped lead her team to a South Central Conference Championship. She led her team in points (276), rebounds (180), field goals (54% - 4th best all-time) and blocked shots (10). Liz was selected to the All-Tournament team at the Apple Valley Shootout, Top 20 MN Elite Basketball Camp, 1st team All-Area, All-Conference and was 4th in the SCC in scoring. Her senior year was much like her junior year. She again made the All-Tournament team at the Apple Valley Shootout. She led the team again in scoring and rebounds, was team captain and team MVP. She was selected 1st team All-Area and All-Conference. Liz connected on over half of her shots from the floor each of the last two years.
As good as Liz was in volleyball and basketball, it was in track and field that she made Bluejay history. Liz threw the shot put and discus starting in her sophomore year and won All-Area, All-Conference and All-State honors all three years. Starting in her sophomore year, Liz set new school records in both the shot put and discus. In the shot put, she was conference champ, division champ, section champ and placed 8th at the MN State Meet. As a junior, she set new school records again in the shot and discus. She was also SCC champ, division champ and section champ in both events. At the state meet she placed 8th in the discus and was runner-up to the state champ in the shot put. The records fell again in her senior year. Liz threw the shot put 43’ 1.5” and the discus 145’ 7” for new Bluejay records. The discus throw was at the Section 1AA meet and it was also a new section record, smashing the old mark that had been held for 12 years by over 14 feet. Liz was SCC champion and division champion in both events. She was section runner-up in the shot and section champ in the discus. Waseca senior Liz Klukas made her third state tournament appearance the charm as she placed 4th in the shot put and then went out and won the discus competition to bring home the Minnesota State Champion title.
Liz went on to play basketball at Minnesota State University - Moorhead. From her rookie to senior year she was scoring, rebounding and blocking shots with authority. She was a finalist for NSIC Newcomer of the year as a freshman and ended her career ranked 5th on the all-time scoring list with 1,304 points and 3rd in life-time rebounds with 929. Liz led her team in scoring and rebounds and led the league in rebounds and in field goal percentage. Klukas was a three-time All-NSIC selection.
Liz lives in Mankato and works for Ridley, Inc. as a Marketing/Advertising Specialist in their corporate office. She’s still involved in sports, playing volleyball and a little basketball. Liz thinks she might try her hand at coaching basketball someday as she still enjoys the game and would love to be more involved in the sport at any level.