Dennis Semrau covers prep sports for 100.5 ESPN Madison and ESPNWisconsin.com
Ethan Ackley, Sun Prairie High School
Sports: Football, basketball, track and field.
Sports highlights: Ethan is a two-time letterwinner and a three-year starter at inside linebacker and also a starter at tight end/H-back as a senior. He is second on the team with 30 tackles and has recovered a fumble and has also caught five passes for 88 yards and three touchdowns. He earned All-Big Eight Conference second-team honors at linebacker as a junior, finishing with 81 tackles, including six for loss, with two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. The Cardinals won their second straight Big Eight Conference championship and advanced to the WIAA Division 1 state championship game where Ethan recorded 10 tackles. He earned all-conference honorable mention honors at linebacker and was named the team’s Most Valuable Underclassman as a sophomore.
He is a three-time letterwinner in track and field, competing in the sprints, long jump and the shot put and discus. He qualified for sectionals as a junior in the shot put. He played basketball as a freshman and sophomore as a center.
Pre-game ritual or superstition: Listening to Johnny Cash tunes.
Cumulative GPA: 3.8.
Favorite subject/class: Social Studies.
Favorite teacher: Mr. Maughan.
Quick quote: “Competing in sports has taught me how to work as a team, and everybody has a key role in achieving goals.”
Three words to describe me are: Easy-going, fun-loving, determined.
I got my start in sports: Playing flag football in second grade.
I wish I could play: Ultimate Frisbee.
My most memorable moment in sports: Playing Kimberly in the WIAA Division 1 State Football Championship Game my junior year.
I like about high school sports: The friends you make.
I enjoy playing football because: I like the competitiveness.
Advice: “Don’t worry your time will come eventually.”
My role models are: My dad, James, and my grandpa, Lee Ackley.
Most inspirational teammate: Marty Strey.
My family also includes: My mom, Angela, and brothers, Evan and Ean.
Words to live by: “Get busy living or get busy dying.”
Favorite athlete: Aaron Rodgers.
Favorite team: Green Bay Packers.
Favorite opponent: Middleton.
Favorite facility/site to compete in: Camp Randall Stadium.
Favorite movie: ‘Hot Rod’.
Favorite TV show: ‘The Office’.
Favorite food: Honey mustard pretzels.
Favorite fast food place and/or restaurant: Chick-fil-A.
Favorite sport on TV: Football.
Favorite place to visit: Hawaii.
I want to visit: Europe.
Top three favorite songs: ‘Bored to Death’ – Blink 182; ‘Pursuit of Happiness’ -- Kid Cudi; ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ -- John Denver.
Primary news source: CNN.
Favorite website: Instagram.
I drive: A Kia Optima.
Dream car: A 1989 Jeep Cherokee.
I can’t live without: My friends and family.
I like Sun Prairie High School because: There are lots of options for classes and things to do.
If I could change anything: Live some place warmer.
I wish we could play: Fond du Lac.
I wish I could meet: Jesus.
Dream date: Summer camping trip up North.
Dream gift: A new iPhone.
Preferred brand of shoe: Vans.
My perfect day: Boating in Northern Wisconsin.
I like to read: Science Fiction.
This and that: Member of National Honor Society … has taken mission trips to St. Augustine, Texas, Colorado Springs, Colo. and New York through Heartland Community Church … has also volunteered at local homeless shelter and Sun Prairie Champ Camp youth football program … earned an Academic Letter.
Hobbies: Waterskiing, watching Netflix, biking.
Post-high school plans: Attend college to study Business Law and possibly play football.
Did you know? My uncle, Paul Ackley, is the head football coach and athletic director at McFarland High School.
Career goal: Stable job out of college.