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Mason Steffen, Waunakee High School
Sports: Basketball, football.
Sports highlights: Mason is a four-time letterwinner and four-year starter as a point guard in basketball. A two-time co-captain as a junior and senior, he was the fourth player in school history to surpass the 1,000 points mark in scoring and finished with 1,123 points, an 11.5 points per game career average. As a senior, he received the Associated Press All-State honorable mention and all-area second-team recognition. A Badger North Conference unanimous first-team selection, he averaged 14.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game with a 3.5-to-1 assist to turnover ratio. He shot 40% from 3-point range and 72% at the free throw line.
He earned Badger North Conference unanimous first-team honors as a junior, averaging 13.9 points per game. He earned all-conference second-team honors as a sophomore. Waunakee won Badger North Conference titles his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. The Warriors qualified for the WIAA Division 2 state tournament his sophomore season, advancing to the state finals, and junior season and the Division 1 sectional semifinals his senior year. Waunakee finished 83-21 during his four-year career, including 43-7 in the Badger North Conference.
Mason was a three-time letterwinner and two-year starter at cornerback in football for Waunakee, which won the WIAA Division 2 state championship his senior year. He earned All-Badger North Conference second-team honors at defensive back as a junior and senior. Waunakee won the Badger North Conference title all three years he was a varsity performer.
Pre-game ritual or superstition: Stretching routine.
Cumulative GPA: 3.0.
Favorite subject/class: Marketing.
Favorite teacher: Mr. Acker.
Quick quote: “Real character is shown through dealing with adversity.”
Three words to describe me are: Leader, role-model, hard-working.
I got my start in sports: As long as I can remember, I’ve always had aball in my hands.
I wish I could play: Lacrosse.
My most memorable moments in sports: Winning a state championship in football as a senior and playing in the state basketball tournament at the Kohl Center my sophomore and junior years.
I like about high school sports: They teach you so much more than how to become just a better athlete but how to become a more well-rounded person and also the friendships and bonds created through sports.
I enjoy playing basketball because: To me it’s just an escape from the everyday trials of life. It’s an activity I love doing.
Advice: “Time flies so give everything you’ve got no matter what it’s in. It’s cool to care about your passions and show what you love doing.”
My role models are: LeBron James, Steve Nash and my father, Rich Steffen.
Most inspirational teammate: Jeremy Werner and Michael Saxby, both have shown me how to overcome real adversity and always to get back up when you get knocked down. I only wish I could become half as courageous as them.
My family also includes: My mom, Amy, sister, Peighton, and brother, Cade.
Words to live by: “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” -- Martin Luther King Jr.
Favorite athlete: LeBron James
Favorite team: Green Bay Packers.
Favorite opponent: Whitnall.
Favorite facility/site to compete in: Kohl Center, Dallas/Fort Worth and Mount Horeb and Middleton High School gyms.
Favorite movie: ‘Inception’.
Favorite TV show: ‘Impractical Jokers’.
Favorite food: Cheeseburgers.
Favorite fast food place and/or restaurant: Culver’s.
Favorite sport on TV: College basketball.
Favorite place to visit: The Bahamas.
I want to visit: Rome.
Top three favorite songs: ‘Motto’ by Drake; ‘You Know You’re Right’ by Nirvana; ‘Right above it’ by Lil Wayne and Drake.
Primary news source: TV, Internet, newspaper.
Favorite website: Business Insider.
I drive: A Highlander.
Dream car: A Rolls Royce.
I can’t live without: My phone and family and friends.
I like Waunakee High School because: It not only has great athletics but the education is top notch as well.
If I could change anything: The two-party political system that divides us.
I wish we could play: Kimberly and Sun Prairie in football and Sun Prairie in basketball.
I wish I could meet: Julius Caesar.
Dream date: Blake Lively.
Dream gift: A Rolls Royce.
Preferred brand of shoe: Nike.
My perfect day: Wake up around 10 a.m., get in a workout, go to the pool with my friends and later go to a friend’s house to hang out.
I like to read: History novels.
This and that: Member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) … won an FBLA first-place state award in sports entertainment and management marketing in La Crosse with Logan Beier … youth basketball coach and trainer … volunteer work includes Waunakee Neighborhood Connection, the River Food Pantry, coaching at youth football and basketball camps … played AAU basketball with the Wisconsin Swing … was selected to play in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division 1 All-Star Game and the Badger Conference Senior All-Star Game.
Hobbies: Boating, hunting, golfing, listening to podcasts.
Post-high school plans: Attend University of Minnesota-Duluth on scholarship to play basketball and major in business.
Did you know? I was born in Eugene, Oregon and moved to Minnesota before moving to Waunakee when I was in kindergarten.
Career goal: Sports and entertainment marketing position.