Editor's note: Dennis Semrau covers prep sports for ESPN Madison 100.5 FM.
Alan Olkowski, Waunakee High School
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.