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Triple Threat of the Week: Derik LeCaptain, Southern Door

01/10/2019, 9:30am CST
By Mark Miller

Name: Derik LeCaptain

School: Southern Door High School 

Grade: 12

Football Honors: Unanimous first-team all-league performer at running back in each of the past four seasons ... Two-time unanimous first-team all-league choice at linebacker ... Three-time Player of the Year in the Packerland/MONLPC-Large conferences ... Two-time All-Region running back and linebacker ... First-team all-state pick as an offensive athlete ... Helped Southern Door to three league championships ... John Anderson Award finalist ... Wisconsin High School Sports Award finalist ... Rushed for 2,145 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior while helping Southern Door to a 7-4 record under coach Ryan Zuehlke. 

Basketball Honors: Four-year varsity letter winner for the Eagles ... First-team all-league pick in the Packerland Conference as a junior when he averaged 12.8 points and 6.7 rebounds to help Southern Door to an undefeated league record and 20-5 mark in all games ... Second-team all-league pick as a sophomore honorable mention all-league selection as a freshman ... Surpassed 1,000 career points as a junior and has played a key role in helping Southern Door to three straight league titles.

Baseball Honors: Three-team second-team all-league choice in the Packerland Conference ... Helped the Eagles to a WIAA regional championship as a sophomore.

Favorite Sport: "My favorite sport is football because of the lifetime bond I have formed with my teammates that will last forever." 

Best Part of High School Sports: "The best part of high school sports is winning championships."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "My basketball coach, Derik Hawkey, told me after my sophomore year to 'stay hungry because there is always someone chasing you.'"

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "My most memorable moment was my junior year playing football against Kewaunee. I intercepted a two-point conversion pass with 32 seconds left in the game to seal a one-point victory."

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "The best part of playing three sports is that I get to compete year round with my best friends. There is nothing like going into a game knowing that your buddies always have your back." 

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "The toughest part of playing three sports is being able to train for each sport specifically. It's difficult to train for football in the middle of basketball or baseball season and vice versa."

Favorite Opponent: "Sturgeon Bay. Whether it be football, basketball or baseball -- the rivalry is always alive."

Favorite Professional Teams: Packers, 76ers, Brewers

Favorite Professional Athletes: "Al Johnson, former NFL center and former Southern Door athlete." 

Favorite College Teams: "My favorite college football team is the Minnesota Golden Gophers. My favorite college basketball team is the St. Norbert Green Knights because my brother is on the team. My favorite college baseball team is the Minnesota Golden Gophers." 

Cumulative GPA: 3.0

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against: "The toughest individual I've competed against is Garret Groshek of Amherst. He was the quarterback at Amherst in 2015, my freshman year. He was state Player of the Year and torched us in the third round of the WIAA playoffs."

Most Admired High School Teammate: "The high school teammate that I have admired the most would have to be my brother, Nick. I was fortunate enough to start with him in six varsity sport seasons, and won four conference championships and one regional championship."  

College Plans: "I have accepted a preferred walk-on opportunity at the University of Minnesota to play football. At the moment, I am undecided as to what my major will be."

Activities Outside of Sports: Hunt, playing pool in the basement. 

I Find it Relaxing to: "To watch movies and hunt at my family's cabin in northwestern Wisconsin." 

Favorite TV show: Finding Big Foot, Mountain Monsters

Favorite Movie: Django Unchained

Favorite Musical Artists: Ted Nugent

Favorite Subject: "My favorite subject is Social Problems. I'm interested in what is happening in our world."

Favorite Restaurant: Hong Kong Buffet in Sturgeon Bay

Favorite Website: Hudl 

Other Family Members: Mark, father; Kris, mother; Nick, brother.

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