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Triple Threat of the Week: Max Alba, Franklin

05/10/2018, 1:00pm CDT
By Mark Miller

Name: Max Alba

School: Franklin

Grade: Senior

Football Honors: Four-year letter winner and two-year starting quarterback at Franklin for coach Louis Brown ... Career stats include completing 377 of 644 passes for 5,224 yards and 56 touchdowns while also rushing for 384 yards and eight touchdowns ... First-team all-league performer in the Southeast Conference as a junior and senior ... First-team all-state selection as a senior ... Winner of the David Krieg award as the top senior quarterback in the state.

Basketball Honors: Four-year varsity player for coaches Tim Hogan and Tyler Podoll ... Key player for a Franklin team that won the Southeast Conference title as a senior ... Fourth player in school history to reach 1,000 points with 1,373 ... Three-year starter and first-team all-league performer as both a junior and senior.

Baseball Honors: After playing travel-team baseball in the summer as a freshman, sophomore and junior before opting to play for the Franklin squad as a senior ... Figures to be one of the state's top baseball players during the WIAA Summer season in 2018.

Favorite Sport: "For years, I have known in my heart that baseball is my true love. Although I love all three sports I play, I have always loved baseball just slightly more. Baseball was the first sport I started playing. I basically started playing it the day I could walk. From the days of my dad throwing wiffle balls to me in the backyard when I was three, to now having signed my national letter of intent to play the sport in college. It was a really hard decision to have to give up two of my sports after this year, but in the end I just could not see myself giving up the sport of baseball."

Best Part of High School Sports: "Having the opportunity to step onto the field, court or diamond and compete against other high school athletes while representing the community I grew up in is by far the best part of high school sports."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "The best advice I ever received from a coach came from my football coach, Louis Brown. I heard this quote my freshman year and I now apply it not only to athletics, but all aspects of life. The quote is, 'In order to have what others don't, you must be willing to do what others won't.' This quote means that everyone wants to be good, but the people that truly achieve greatness are the ones that sacrifice things to work harder than everyone else. This quote has helped me realize that if I want to achieve my dreams not only in athletics, but also life, I need to be willing to sacrifice other things in order for me to achieve those dreams."

Most Memorable Moments in High School Sports: "My most memorable moment of high school sports was beating Lake Geneva Badger my junior year of football to advance to the state-championship game. It was a feeling unlike any I have ever experienced in sports."  

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "My favorite part of playing three sports is that I get to compete in different environments constantly throughout the year. It is not only one repetitive competition year round. It is new ways of competing. I am a competitor and love to win in any sport I play."

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "Unlike most of the athletes you are competing against, you are not able to practice the sport year round. Those who do practice the sport year round may have a slight edge on you simply because you spend the rest of the year competing in other sports." 

Favorite Opponent: "My favorite opponent would be Oak Creek. Mostly because of the fact that it is a rivalry game and you know that both teams are going to play their hearts out and try and win this one game no matter which sport it is."

Favorite Professional Teams: Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Brewers, New England Patriots

Favorite Professional Athlete: "My favorite professional athlete is Tom Brady because I love the way he competes and how he overcame adversity and doubt to become one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time."

Favorite College Team: University of North Carolina

Cumulative GPA: 4.085

Most Admired High School Teammate: "Brad Tobin. I love the way he carries himself and the way he is such a tough individual, but yet he stays so humble."

College Plans: "I will be attending the University of North Carolina on a baseball scholarship to continue my academic and athletic career."
Activities Outside of Sports: "I love to hunt and fish. I find it extremely relaxing to get away from everything and enjoy the outdoors. I also enjoy to disc golf and hang out with friends."

I Find it Relaxing to: "Go fishing and hunting."

Favorite TV show: The Office

Favorite Movie: Kingsman

Favorite Musical Artists: Queen

Favorite Subjects: U.S. History

Favorite Restaurant: Kopp's

Favorite Website: YouTube

Family Members: Father, Paul; mother, Anne; younger brothers, Jake, Lucas, Cole. 

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