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Triple Threat of the Week: Joe Grundhoffer, Assumption

10/25/2017, 3:00pm CDT
By Mark Miller

Name: Joe Grundhoffer

School: Assumption High School

Grade: Senior

Football Honors: Voted the Cloverwood Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2017 ... First-team all-league player at defensive line and offensive end as a senior ... First-team all-league offensive line and second-team defensive line as a junior ... Second-team all-conference offensive line as a sophomore ... Team captain as a senior ... The 6-foot-6, 260-pound lineman helped Assumption to a 6-4 record under coach Jeff Sullivan ... Accepted scholarship to play football at NCAA Division I-AA Lafayette.

Basketball Honors: Voted Player of the Year in the Marawood South Conference as a junior after helping Assumption to a share of the league title with Marathon ... Led the Royals to an 18-7 record in 2016-17 under long-time coach Gary Weisenbeck ... Honorable mention all-state pick by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association among Division 5 athletes as a junior ... First-team all-Marawood Conference pick as a sophomore and junior ... Averaged 18.0 points and 11.2 rebounds as a junior ... Enters senior season with 918 career points.

Baseball Honors: Second-team all-Marawood Conference pick as a sophomore and honorable mention all-league choice as a junior under coach Ryan Hartman.

Favorite Sport: "My favorite sport is football. It teaches important life lessons such as perseverance and dealing with adversity, which will benefit me the rest of my life."

Best Part of High School Sports: "The best part about high school sports is working hard with my best friends and competing alongside them."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "Play every game like it's your last."

Most Memorable Moments in High School Sports: "My best memories so far are winning a conference title in basketball in my junior year and three straight playoff appearances in football."

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "I love to participate in sports, and playing three sports keeps me busy during the school year. There is nothing like a Friday night football game or playing basketball in a packed gym. The most boring time of the year for me is the few weeks off in between seasons."

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "The toughest thing about playing three sports at first was learning to manage my time."

Favorite Opponent: Marathon in basketball, Abbotsford in football

Favorite Professional Teams: Minnesota Vikings, Milwaukee Bucks

Favorite Professional Athlete: Shaq Daddy

Favorite College Teams: Wisconsin Badgers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Lafayette Leopards

Cumulative GPA: 3.8

Toughest Individual You've Competed Against: "Tyler Biadasz of Amherst in basketball. He is by far the strongest guy I have ever competed against."

Most Admired High School Teammate: "Jake Sullivan. He broke his foot in the third quarter of our first game of the year. He continued to support his teammates and helped our fullback turn into a quarterback by getting him up to speed. He also worked extremely hard on his rehab and was able to make it back for our last two games and help our team reach the playoffs."

College Plans: "Attend Lafayette College and play football."
Activities Outside of Sports: Fishing, hanging out with friends, golf, traveling and video games.

I Find it Relaxing to: "Listen to music."

Favorite TV show: The Office

Favorite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption

Favorite Musical Artist: Chance the Rapper

Favorite Subject: Math, Physics

Favorite Restaurant: El Mezcal

Favorite Website: YouTube

Family Members: Greg, father; Kay, mother; Gena, older sister; Jessie, younger sister.

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