The Bug Tussel Wireless Triple Threat Athlete of the Week is an honor given on WisSports.net to the top senior boys and girls three-sport athletes in the state. Players are recognized each week on WSN, with the a boys and girls winner of the Pat Richter Award at the end of the season to the best three-sport athlete of the year.
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Name: Logan Raffel
High School: Middleton
Football Honors: Helped Middleton to an 8-4 record as a senior ... Passed for 313 yards and five touchdowns ... Also played defensive back for coach Jason Pertzborn and the Cardinals.
Basketball Honors: Three-year varsity letter winner for the Cardinals and coach Kevin Bavery ... A 5-foot-11 guard with deep shooting range ... Averaged 6.0 points as a sophomore for the varsity squad at Middleton ... Increased output to a team-high 13.4 ppg as a junior ... Scored a career-best 29 points for the Cardinals in a 75-67 loss to highly regarded Monroe in 2020-21
Track & Field Honors: Will be a four-year varsity sprinter for the Middleton track and field team in the spring.
Favorite Sport: "Basketball. I grew up around Middleton basketball. I have been the waterboy for the team, it was a big part of my life growing up. I was always at every game, everyone knew me as the little curly headed kid running around with a basketball in my hand. My dad (Jerry) has been an assistant coach at Middleton for 30 years now, and I think that is a big reason I fell in love with the sport of basketball. There is something so satisfying about seeing the ball fall through the net."
Best Part of High School Sports: "Having all your buddies your grew up with really making a statement in the state of Wisconsin for sports. Seeing everyone grow and get better, and the chemistry you make with other grades. Really playing because you love the sport and having fun doing it."
Best Advice from a High School Coach: "It's not the size of the dog, it's the size of the fight in the dog."
Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "Breaking our school record for three-point baskets made in a single game. I had nine three-point baskets against a top WIAA Division 2 team at the time in Monroe. I ended the game with 29 points, but we did end up losing."
Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "You learn to strengthen yourself in different aspects, like in track you really put a lot of work into speed. In basketball, you work on your athleticism and explosiveness. For football, you work for strength and really bulking yourself up. It gives you a break from everything and keeps you going while keeping the competitive drive up."
Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "Keeping your strength up. You are in-season all year. You burn a lot of calories, you have to take care of your body and get what it needs to not burn yourself out. It can definitely get hard, but it is definitely work it."
Favorite Opponent: "Verona or Madison Memorial. Both are usually our biggest rivals and the most fun. There is always been a hatred between programs. So far for my senior year, I haven't lost to either school."
Favorite Professional Teams: Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, Optic Gaming in the CDL
Favorite Professional Athlete: Devin Booker and Scump
Favorite College Teams: Wisconsin
Cumulative GPA: 3.64
Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against: "Brandin Podziemski of St. John's Military Academies in basketball. My junior year, we got to play them and the game was tied going into halftime. Brandin took control to beat us by 20 points in the second half."
Biggest Challenge of COVID-19: "Getting into a gym. We weren't allowed into the school and every place else was closed. We were lucky enough to be able to use a friend's private court later into the summer. I ended up spending most of my days there."
Most Admired High School Teammate: "Cole Toennies. He is committed to Wisconsin for football. He has been my best friend since we were little kids. We are both so competitive that our friendship came easily. To see him become the athlete he has become is really cool. He worked incredibly hard and deserves everything he has earned."
College Plans: "Undecided at this point. I would like to play basketball in college."
Activities Outside of Sports: Key Club, Real Estate Club, basketball camp worker for little kids during the summer.
I Find it Relaxing to: "Listen to music, watch a movie, be on the lake and play video games."
Favorite TV show: The Office, Breaking Bad
Favorite Movie: Surfs Up
Favorite Musical Artists: NBA YoungBoy
Favorite Subject: Math
Favorite Restaurant: Cimarolies
Favorite Website: ESPN Fantasy Football
Other Family Members: Jerry, father; Teresa, mother; Jake, Travis, brothers; Darby, sister.