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Triple Threat of the Week: Jarred Mandel, Columbus Catholic

02/08/2019, 6:00pm CST
By Mark Miller

Name: Jarred Mandel

School: Columbus Catholic High School 

Grade: 12

Football Honors: Four-year varsity letter winner for the Spencer/Columbus Catholic football program and coach Jason Gorst ... Honorable mention all-Cloverbelt Conference selection at quarterback as a sophomore and junior ... First-team all-league pick as a senior ... Passed for 1,493 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior while leading the team to an 11-2 record ... Also rushed for 398 yards and five touchdowns.

Basketball Honors: Three-year varsity letter winner for coach Joe Konieczny and the Dons ... First-team all-Eastern Cloverbelt Conference choice as a junior when he averaged 11.8 points per game for a Columbus Catholic squad that went 24-3 and won the league title ... A 6-foot-3 wing with very good shooting range ... Averaging 16.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.7 assists as a senior.

Baseball Honors: Three-year letter winner for the Dons heading into seniors eason ... Starting catcher.

Favorite Sport: "Football is my favorite sport. I love the physicality and teamwork of it and especially the brotherhood of our co-op program of Spencer/Columbus Catholic. I've always enjoyed the sport the most."

Best Part of High School Sports: "The best part of high school sports is creating memories and stronger bonds with all of my friends and coaches."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "Play like it's the first time someone is watching you and the last time someone is watching you. I got that advice from coach Krasselt in baseball."

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "My most memorable moment was going to state in football my freshman year and going to state in basketball my sophomore year."

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "My favorite part of being in three sports is always staying busy and active. I never have to worry about being out of shape and I'm never bored. I also get a lot closer with my friends."

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "The toughest part of playing three sports is keeping my body healthy. Playing three sports is often strenuous on my body so I have to do what is necessary to take care of my body."

Favorite Opponent: "Eau Claire Regis for football because it is always an extremely physical game that goes back and forth. We went 2-2 against them in my career. Auburndale for basketball because I know some of the guys on the team and they are always an above-average team that plays tough. I finished undefeated against Auburndale in my basketball career."

Favorite Professional Teams: Packers, Bucks, Brewers

Favorite Professional Athletes: "Marcus Mariote, the quarterback for the Tneessee Titans football team. I started liking him when he played for Oregon. His outstanding athleticism and especially his speed just really caught my attention along with his ability to lead his team."

Favorite College Teams: Wisconsin basketball, Oregon and Wisconsin football, Vanderbilt baseball

Cumulative GPA: 3.86

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against: "Mike Singer, a lineman from Amherst, is the toughest individual I've competed against. He was a big guy and an absolute menace on both sides of the football."

Most Admired High School Teammate: "Ethan Meece. He's been a friend of mine since we were both very little, and his work ethic and athleticism really motivate me."

College Plans: "I plan to major in business management. I would like to attend either UW-La Crosse or possibly play basketball at Viterbo University."

Activities Outside of Sports: Mission Club, Babysitter, Employee at local hardware store.

I Find it Relaxing to: "Lay in bed and watch Netflix or play Fortnite." 

Favorite TV show: Hawaii Five-O

Favorite Movie: Moana or Black Panther

Favorite Musical Artists: "My favorite music artists are Drake, Post Malone, Khalid and some of Kendrick Lamar's music."

Favorite Subject: Physical Education and Trigonometry

Favorite Restaurant: Oliver Garden and Buffalo Wild Wings

Favorite Website: " and They are my go-to for high school sports info and my go-to for sports gear in any season." 

Other Family Members: Jeffrey, father; Sheryl, mother; Noah, brother; Aaron, brother.

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