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Triple Threat of the Week: Ean Rau, Abbotsford

11/08/2017, 1:00pm CST
By Mark Miller

Name: Ean Rau

School: Abbotsford High School

Grade: Senior

Football Honors: Voted Cloverwood Conference Player of the Year on offense as a senior ... First-team all-league quarterback and linebacker in 2017 ... Second-team all-league linebacker and honorable mention all-league quarterback as a junior ... Honorable mention all-league linebacker as a sophomore ... Entering Friday's WIAA Division 7 state semifinal, Rau has rushed for 1,520 yards and 16 touchdowns while passing for another six scores ... Helped Abbotsford to a 10-2 record thus far under coach Jacob Knapmiller. 

Basketball Honors: Two-time honorable mention all-league selection in the Northern Division of the Marawood Conference ... A 6-foot-0 guard who joins senior Adam Seefluth as a returning starter for second-year coach Dean Bellanti ... Averaged 4.2 points and 3.9 rebounds as a junior. 

Baseball Honors: Second-team all-Marawood North Conference pick as a junior and honorable mention all-league pick as a sophomore under coach Josh Soyk. 

Favorite Sport: "My favorite sport is football because it is such a team-based sport. You need 11 guys willing to give everything they have every play in order to be successful. I get to go out every Friday night and play alongside my best friends. The amoutn of support the Abbotsford community has shown over my four years of playing has been unbelievable. Coach Knapmiller has done an amazing job with the program and makes every day of practice fun."

Best Part of High School Sports: "The best part of participating in high-school athletics at Abbotsford is I get to practice and play alongside my best friends."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "The best advice I've ever received from a high school coach is to enjoy every moment, not just in athletics, but in life as well. You never know when your athletic career could end or you could lose a loved one. Enjoy every moment while it lasts."

Most Memorable Moments in High School Sports: "My most memorable moment was beating Athens my sophomore year in football to win our first conference championship in 58 years. It was a week nine game so it was a winner take all game. Athens had won the conference championship the previous four years and it was amazing to dethrone them as conference champs. It was even better because that was my brother's senior year so I got to share that moment with him."

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "You are always busy. As soon as you get done with one sport, the next one starts almost immediately. It actually feels weird when I don't have practice after school. I don't really know what to do when I don't have practice or a game."

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "The toughest thing about playing three sports is the physical grind. Your body gets pretty sore some days, but it's definitely work it and in some ways I kind of enjoy it."

Favorite Opponent: "My favorite opponent is Athens. We definitely have a rivalry with Athens and I know every time we play them, it's going to be a very competitive game. We both hate losing to each other."

Favorite Professional Teams: Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Brewers

Favorite Professional Athlete: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Favorite College Team: Wisconsin Badgers

Cumulative GPA: 3.75

Toughest Individual You've Competed Against: "The toughest individual I've competed against is definitely my older brother, Garrett. I hate to admit it, but he was definitely my idol growing up. We used to play tackle football in the yard all the time and even though he was two years older than me, he definitely didn't take it easy on me. We have played more one-on-one basketball games than I can count. Some of them ended with punches being thrown, but all if love, of course. He definitely pushed me further than I ever thought I could go. He is my No. 1 fan now and I definitely wouldn't be where I am today without him."

Most Admired High School Teammate: "The teammate I admire the most is Ryan Gunderson. He is a freshman and has down syndrome, but he inspires me every day. He plays football and basketball with me and he doesn't let anything or anyone slow him down. He definitely loves to play sports. He challenges me to a one-on-one basketball game every chance he gets. I am one of his biggest fans. Ryan is one of my best friends and I love being able to compete alongside him and celebrate success with him."

College Plans: "I am undecided on which college I will attend, but I plan on playing football and majoring in elementary education."
 
Activities Outside of Sports: Volunteer coach for youth flag football, watching sports on TV.

I Find it Relaxing to: "I find it relaxing to watch college football on Saturdays. I love watching college football ... it doesn't matter which team is playing. I also enjoy spending time with my friends."

Favorite TV show: Prison Break

Favorite Movie: Remember The Titans

Favorite Musical Artists: "I listen to rock music to get pumped up before a game, but I listen to pop, country and rap in the car. I like a lot of music."

Favorite Restaurant: Royal Tokyo

Favorite Website: WisSports.net -- "I go on it almost every day to see what's going on in football and just love looking at people's stats."

Family Members: "I have a very large family on both sides of my family. I have a ton of aunts and uncles and cousins. I get so much support from my family and couldn't ask for anyone better."

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