Prep Mania profile: Alan Olkowski

Editor's note: Dennis Semrau covers prep sports for ESPN Madison 100.5 FM.

Alan Olkowski, Waunakee High School

Year: Senior.

Sports: Football, wrestling, lacrosse.

Sports highlights: Alan is a two-time letterwinner in football, starting at center through his junior season and at offensive guard as a senior, when Waunakee won the Badger North Conference title, the WIAA Division 2 state championship and finished 14-0. As a senior, he earned All-Badger North Conference first-team and All-Area first-team honors. As a junior, he earned all-league second team honors for the league champion Warriors.

He is a two-time letterwinner in wrestling competing at heavyweight. He earned All-Badger North Conference first-team honors as a junior after winning the conference tournament title and finishing with a 40-6 record. He also won regional and sectional titles to qualify for the WIAA Division 1 Individual State Tournament. He earned all-league second-team honors as a sophomore, finishing with a 31-16 record. Waunakee won the Badger North Conference duals title and shared the overall Badger North title his junior year. He competed on the JV team at 220 pounds as a freshman.

Alan is a two-time letterwinner in lacrosse as a defenseman for Waunakee, which won the 2017 Madison Area Lacrosse Association Red Conference title and finished as the Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation Division 1 state runner-up.

Pre-game ritual or superstition: I get the same sub from Subway before every game or match and take a cold shower and make jokes with our trainer, Matt, while I get taped.

Cumulative GPA: 3.45.

Favorite subject/class: Mathematics.

Favorite teacher: Mr. Marx.

Quick quote: “Things aren’t always easy, but you just have to keep going and working hard and you will succeed.”

Three words to describe me are: Competitive, hard-working, committed.

I got my start in sports: Playing outside at recess with all my friends in elementary school.

I wish I could play: Hockey.

My most memorable moments in sports: Winning conference championships with my teams and winning a state championship in football.

I like about high school sports: They teach life-lessons and you get to have fun doing what you love with all the friends you grew up with.

I enjoy playing football because: We have such a good bond as a team and we’ve all been working hard together for years and get to represent a great community.

Advice: “Give it everything you have and embrace every moment of it, it only lasts so long but it’s lots of fun.”

My role models are: My coaches.

Most inspirational teammates: Logan Kvalo, Nolan Thole, Spencer Nellis.

My family includes: My dad, Dan, mom, Chris, brother, Ray, and sister, Lizzy.

Nickname: Big Al.

Words to live by: “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” -- Vince Lombardi.

Favorite athlete: Clay Matthews.

Favorite team: Green Bay Packers.

Favorite opponent: DeForest.

Favorite facility/site to compete in: Camp Randall Stadium.

Favorite movie: ‘The Blind Side’.

Favorite TV show: ‘How I Met Your Mother’.

Favorite food: Pancakes.

Favorite fast food place and/or restaurant: Quaker Steak and Lube.

Favorite sport on TV: Football.

Favorite place to visit: My cabin in Three Lakes, Wisconsin.

I want to visit: Canada.

Top three favorite songs: ‘Boys of Fall’ -- Kenny Chesney; ‘First Day Out’ -- Tee Grizzley; ‘Can’t Say No’ -- Dan + Shay.

Primary news source: Twitter.

Favorite website: Twitter.

Radio preset: 96.3 FM.

I drive: A Silver 2003 Buick LeSabre.

Dream car: A black and chrome diesel Ram 2500.

I can’t live without: My phone.

I like Waunakee High School because: We have a long-standing tradition of good


If I could change anything: Have more football games in a season.

I wish we could play: Kimberly.

I wish I could meet: Clay Matthews.

Dream date: Go to Quaker Steak and Lube on a Tuesday night for unlimited wings.

Dream gift: A new phone.

Preferred brand of shoe: Nike.

My perfect day: Relaxing and snowmobiling at my cabin in the winter.

I like to read: Athlete autobiographies.

This and that: Leader of our school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes club … volunteer work includes taking five summer mission trips and serving as a youth wrestling and lacrosse coach … member of Honor Roll.

Hobbies: Snowmobiling, hunting, water-skiing, weightlifting.

Post-high school plans: Attend a four-year college and play football or compete in wrestling.

Did you know? I once ate 43 wings and three orders of fries at Quaker Steak and Lube.

Career goal: Get a good job that I can love doing.