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Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Joshua Bauer, Lourdes Academy

10/29/2020, 9:45am CDT
By Mark Miller

Name: Joshua Bauer

School: Lourdes Academy

Grade: Senior
Football Honors:
 Selected as Player of the Year in the Trailways Small Conference as a junior ... Established six school records in 2019 ... Has helped Lourdes Academy to a 24-3 record during his time as a starter for coach Kevin Wopat ... Has passed for more than 4,500 yards and 56 touchdowns during prep career with the Knights, including 1,221 yards and 14 TDs so far this season.

Basketball Honors: A first-team all-Trailways East Conference performer as a junior after averaging 15.5 points and 4.5 rebounds while helping Lourdes Academy to a 22-3 record under coach Dennis Ruedinger ... An athletic 6-foot-1 guard who teams with classmates Preston Ruedinger, Jack McKellips and Ben Huizenga to form a solid returning cast for the Knights ... Scored a career-high 24 points in a win over Dodgeland last winter and added 23 in a non-league win over DeForest.

Baseball Honors: Honorable mention all-Trailways Conference performer as a sophomore ... Missed junior season due to COVID-19.

Favorite Sport : "My favorite sport is football because there is a different type of bond between the team than any other sport, and when you're playing football, you don't think of anything else than just having fun with your teammates and focusing on one common goal, a championship."

Best Part of High School Sports: "The feeling of everybody working as hard as they can every day for the same goal and never looking back."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "Take nothing for granted and always work your hardest because one day it might be all gone."

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "Taking second in the WIAA Division 4 State Tournament as a sophomore, and beating a tough Hilbert team in round three of the WIAA football playoffs last year, 14-7."

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "Every sport takes a little different skill, and they all translate with each other somehow and all around makes one a better athlete."

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "For me, it's working in the off season for each sport for when that season comes and knowing that there are no breaks in between sports."

Favorite Opponent: Johnson Creek or Fall River

Favorite Professional Team: Green Bay Packers

Favorite Professional Athlete: "Patrick Mahomes with how big of a playmakers he is and how much swag he plays and walks around with. With him knowing he's one of the best in the league, he stays humble and just goes out and does his job."

Favorite College Teams: Wisconsin Badgers, Notre Dame Irish

Cumulative GPA: 3.4
Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against:
"It would have to be myself with just trying to be better than I was the day before and never being satisfied."

Most Admired High School Teammates: "My most admired high school teammate is Preston Ruedinger because he is an outstanding basketball player who will be playing at the college level, and an excellent wide receiver for me that I can always count on to mak ethe plays the team needs of him in the most crucial times. He is just all around a great athlete and is someone who never settles for anything but greatness."

Biggest Challenges of COVID-19: "My biggest challenge with COVID is knowing that at any time my high-school career and football career can be taken away and that has made me learn to take nothing for granted and to work for whatever I want in life like it's my last day."

College Plans: "My college plans are to play collegiate football wherever I fit best and is the best for my future."

Activities Outside of Sports: Tomorrow's Leaders, Chemistry Club

I Find it Relaxing to: "Hangout with friends and throw the football whenever with either my wide receivers or my family."

Favorite TV Show: All-American

Favorite Movie: Friday Night Lights

Favorite Musical Artists: Lil Baby, Luke Combs

Favorite Subject: History

Favorite Restaurant: Chipotle

Favorite Website: YouTube

Other Family Members: Josh, father; Ann, mother; Brady, brother; Hailee, sister.

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