Editor's note: Dennis Semrau covers prep sports for ESPN Madison 100.5 FM.
Gabi Runde, McFarland High School
Sports: Basketball, volleyball, soccer.
Sports highlights: Gabi is a four-time letterwinner and a four-year starter in basketball as a point guard and forward. A three-time co-captain, she is averaging 12.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game for the Spartans, who have a 12-9 record, including 11-6 in Rock Valley Conference play, through Feb. 13. As a junior, she averaged 12.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game, and earned Rock Valley North Conference first-team and All-Area honorable mention honors. She averaged 13.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, earned all-conference second-team honors and was named the team’s Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore. She was selected as the Spartans’ Rookie of the Year as a freshman after averaging 5.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
She was a two-time letterwinner and two-year starter in volleyball as a defensive specialist as a junior and as a setter and an outside hitter as a senior. She earned the team’s Hustle Award as a senior.
Gabi is a three-time letterwinner and three-year starter in soccer as a center midfielder. She will serve as a co-captain her senior season. As a junior, she was a co-captain, earned Rock Valley North Conference first-team honors and all-area honorable mention recognition and was named the Spartans’ Most Valuable Player. She earned all-conference second-team honors as a sophomore.
Pre-game ritual or superstition: Attempt to get homework done, but never do.
Cumulative GPA: 3.8.
Favorite subject/class: International Relations.
Favorite teacher: Sr. Genova.
Quick quote: “Competing in sports have taught me time management, cooperation, and selflessness.”
Three words to describe me are: Approachable, selfless, caring.
I got my start in sports: Playing soccer in kindergarten and playing games with my siblings.
I wish I could compete in: Swimming.
My most memorable moments in sports: Stories told at everyday practices.
I like about high school sports: The opportunity to play against friends from other schools.
I enjoy playing all of my sports because: Of the people I am around and the relationships I’ve developed.
Advice: “Enjoy each year and the different challenges that come with it.”
My role models are: My older siblings, James and Rosie.
Most inspirational teammate: Sophie Quelle.
My family also includes: My parents, Al and Jill.
Nickname: Gab, Gub, Gooby, Shabbs, Gabis.
Words to live by: “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they make the best of everything.”
Favorite athlete: Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Favorite team: Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Bucks, Manchester City.
Favorite opponent: Edgerton.
Favorite facility/site to compete in: Madison College’s turf soccer field.
Favorite movie: ‘The Last Song’.
Favorite TV show: ‘Stranger Things’.
Favorite food: Any kind of pasta or ice cream.
Favorite fast food place and/or restaurant: Any of the Food Fight Restaurants in downtown Madison.
Favorite sport on TV: Soccer (FIFA World Cup).
Favorite place to visit: Chicago or New York City.
I want to visit: Hawaii.
Top three favorite songs: I like a lot of songs, but my three favorite artists would be Chance the Rapper, Cage the Elephant, Sam Smith.
Primary news source: NBC.
Favorite website: Twitter.
Radio preset: 93.1 FM or 105.5 FM.
I drive: A 2011 Chevy Equinox.
Dream car: The Batmobile.
I can’t live without: Music.
I like McFarland High School because: The teachers and the friends I have made.
I wish we could play: Stoughton.
I wish I could meet: Barack Obama.
Dream date: Cristiano Ronaldo.
Dream gift: Concert tickets to a famous/popular artist.
Preferred brand of shoe: Adidas.
My perfect day: Being able to sleep in, go out to eat with friends or family, and watch movies or sports on TV.
I like to read: The Harry Potter series.
This and that: Member of Model United Nations, National Honors Society, Student Council, and Marching and Concert Band … work as a barista at the McFarland House Café and as a youth basketball referee … volunteer work includes: Youth Sport Camp, volleyball, basketball and soccer camps, participated in a week-long volunteer Trip to Appalachian Mountains through CHWC (Catholic Heart Work Camp) … High Honor student and earned an Academic Letter and Medal.
Hobbies: Watching movies, going out with friends, and taking naps.
Post-high school plans: Attend college at Marquette, UW-LaCrosse or possibly UW-Madison and possibly study education.
Did you know? My brother and I have red hair, but both of my parents have brown/blonde.
Career goal: Undecided.