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Name: Nick Stanke
Football Honors: Three-year varsity letter winner for coach Bryant Brunner … Earned first-team all-league honors in the Cloverbelt Conference as a junior and senior, and second-team laurels as a sophomore as a linebacker … Helped Regis to a 32-6 overall record the past three seasons … Caught 11 passes for 205 yards and eight touchdowns as a tight end as a senior … Recorded five solo tackles and four assisted tackles in the Ramblers’ 24-14 loss to St. Mary’s Springs in the WIAA Division 6 state championship game last November … All-region pick by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association as a junior and senior at tight end and outside linebacker … All-Northwest selection by the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram at tight end as a junior and senior … All-state honorable mention selection as a tight end as a senior ... Three-time all-City selection in Eau Claire.
Basketball Honors: Four-year varsity letter winner for coach Bill Uelmen … Earned first-team all-league honors in Western Division of the Cloverbelt Conference as a junior when he averaged 10.6 points per game … A performer for Regis’ conference title team as a sophomore when he averaged 7.3 ppg … Currently averaging 12.6 ppg for a young Regis squad that starts two sophomores and a freshman … Scored a career-high 26 points in a victory over Osseo-Fairchild as a senior … Physical 6-foot-3 power forward who uses his strength and quickness to score in the lane ... All-City team selection and third-team all-Northwest pick as a junior.
Baseball Honors: Four-year varsity letter winner for coach Andy Niese … Second-team all-conference pick in Cloverbelt West as a junior after helping Regis to a 14-14 overall mark and 8-6 record in league play … Second-team all-league pick as a freshman as well … Right-handed pitcher, first baseman and third baseman for the Ramblers ... All-state academic performer as selected by the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association ... Honorable mention all-City as a freshman and junior.
Favorite Sport: “I would have to say football is my favorite sport. I plan to the play football at the University of Sioux Falls. I have liked the sport since I started playing high school football. It started to grow on me each year and I just love it now.”
Best Part of High School Sports: “The best part of being a high school athlete is the times you have with your teammates. The memories you create with your teammates … you’ll have those for the rest of your life. You create some special bonds with a lot of your teammates.”
Best Advice from a High School Coach: “The best advice I received was from coach Brenner who told me that as long as you work hard and put in the time, you’ll get rewarded in the end. That happened to our team as we made it to the state championship game in football.”
Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: “My most memorable game occurred in the Level 4 playoffs in football this year when we played Edgar. As a freshman we played against Edgar in the state-football championship game and got beat pretty badly. But this year we were able to record a 21-0 victory so that was very rewarding.”
Best Part of Playing Three Sports: “The experience you get with time management. When you play three sports, you have to deal with the balance of athletics and school work and all of the other things that go on. That is something that I can use for the rest of my life.”
Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: “The time commitment it takes. I remember freshmen year, our football team and basketball teams went to state and I went from football to basketball to baseball without any time off. Your body gets worn down a bit, but I think it’s worth it.”
Favorite Opponent: “One team that I get excited to play against would be Altoona. They are right across town and they are usually pretty successful. It’s always a good game and you need to come out ready to play.”
Favorite Professional Teams: Green Bay Packers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Brewers.
Favorite College Team: Wisconsin Badgers.
Cumulative GPA: 3.94.
Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against: “The one that sticks out in my mind is Kyle Cody of McDonell Central. He was just such a great all-around athlete in football, basketball and baseball. He’s a pitcher right now for Kentucky. I remember facing him in baseball when he was throwing in the low 90s … that was a great experience for me.”
College Plans: “I’m going to the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota on a football scholarship and play football as a tight end. I am leaning toward studying chemistry.”
Activities Outside of Sports: National Honor Society, Chess club, Key Club, Campus Ministry, Retreat team, Youth Leadership Eau Claire, usher and altar server at Immaculate Conception Parish in Eau Claire, volunteer for community table and Special Olympic program.
I Find it Relaxing to: “I usually hang out with my friends and just relax. Play some video games and play some table tennis, things like that.”
Favorite TV show: “Psych.”
Favorite Movie: “Dead Night Rises.”
Favorite Musical Artists: “I like to listen to country music and hip-hop music. Those are the two main genres of music I listen to.”
Favorite Subject: Chemistry.
Favorite Restaurant: Texas Roadhouse in Eau Claire.
Favorite Websites: www.wissports.net.
Other Family Members: Father, Chuck; mother, Deb; older brother, Ryan; older sister, Angie.
If you would like to nominate a senior, three-sport athlete for Triple Play Triple Threat, contact Mark Miller at mark (at) wissports.net