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Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Haydn Guns, Sparta

01/10/2020, 10:00am CST
By Mark Miller

Name: Haydn Guns

School: Sparta  

Grade: Senior

Football Honors: Recorded six interceptions and helped Sparta to the third round of the WIAA playoffs for the first time in school history as a starting safety and wide receiver ... Earned second-team all-Mississippi Valley Conference honors at safety as a senior ... Holds school records for interceptions and most return yards after turnovers. 

Basketball Honors: Team captain as a senior ... Averaged 6.0 points and 2.1 rebounds as a junior ... Elevated statistics to 21 ppg and 9 rpg as a senior ... A 6-foot-0 guard who scored 35 points in a victory over Adams-Friendship and 32 in a triumph over La Crosse Logan this season.

Tennis Honors: Varsity performer for the Spartans in first year of competition. 

Favorite Sport: "It's a really close call between football and basketball, but I'd have to say that basketball is my favorite sport because it is the first sport that showed me the importance of athletics and got me into sports."

Best Part of High School Sports: "I think the best part about high school sports is that it gives you the ability to be a positive role model for younger generations in your community."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "Play with confidence because you've earned the right to."

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "Our playoff run my junior year in football was something special. The way the community backed us up and how it signaled a change in Sparta football is very memorable."

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "The best part about playing three sports to me is forming bonds with multiple coaches and peers through reaching goals with each other."

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "The toughest part about being a three-sport athlete is that free time is at a minimum. When I'm not in season, I'm still preparing myself for the next season and working hard."

Favorite Opponent: "My favorite opponent is probably Tomah. There's something about a rivalry game that gets everyone excited and ready to perform."

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

Favorite Professional Athlete: Jamal Crawford

Favorite College Team: University of Wisconsin

Cumulative GPA: 3.75

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against: "In football and basketball, the toughest athlete I've competed against is Johnny Davis of La Crosse Central." 

Most Admired High School Teammate: "My most admired high school teammate is Cole Wisniewski. His work ethic is by far the greatest I've ever witnessed. We've always pushed each other and held each other accountable to be the best we can be."

College Plans: "In college, I plan to pursue psychology and to continue my athletic career playing either basketball or football."

Activities Outside of Sports: Boys & Girls Club of Sparta, National Honor Society, Spanish Club officer, seventh grade boys' basketball coach in Sparta. 

I Find it Relaxing to: "I find it relaxing to plug into music and do homework."

Favorite TV show: Stranger Things

Favorite Movie: Remember the Titans

Favorite Musical Artists: Migos and Queen

Favorite Subject: English

Favorite Restaurant: Culver's

Favorite Website:

Other Family Members: Jill, mother; Chad, father;  Ella, sister; Nate, brother. 

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