Editor's note: Dennis Semrau covers prep sports for ESPN Madison 100.5 FM.
Anthony West, Madison La Follette High School
Sports: Football, basketball.
Sports highlights: Anthony is a three-time letterwinner and a three-year starter in football as a safety. He is a two-year starter at wide receiver and has started at quarterback as a senior. He has also played outside linebacker. He is a team co-captain as a senior and has run for 141 yards and three touchdowns and caught a team-best 23 passes for 326 yards and seven TDs. He also has 37 tackles as a defensive back. He earned All-Big Eight Conference honorable mention honors as a safety as a sophomore and junior.
He is a two-time letterwinner in basketball and two-year starter as a point guard and shooting guard. A team co-captain, he averaged a team-best 12.1 points per game as a junior and earned All-Big Eight Conference honorable mention recognition. He averaged 10.5 points per game as a sophomore.
Pre-game ritual or superstition: Listening to loud music and dancing.
Cumulative GPA: 3.77.
Favorite subject/class: English, Mathematics.
Favorite teacher: Mr. Adams.
Quick quote: “Competing in sports has taught me to be the best at what you are supposed to do.”
Three words to describe me are: Funny, athletic, smart.
I got my start in sports: Playing basketball and football in kindergarten.
I wish I could play: Soccer and baseball.
My most memorable moments in sports: Beating Sun Prairie in the Division 1 football playoffs my junior year after we just lost to them the week before.
I like about high school sports: You get to play against people you grew up with, and it is always cool to have all your family and friends come to the games.
I enjoy playing basketball because: My whole family plays basketball and I grew up playing basketball.
Advice: “Work hard now because you don't want to regret not taking the opportunity you had when you are older.”
My role models are: My parents, Heather Stapelmann and Kelly West.
Most inspirational teammate: Alex Orvis, my sophomore year.
My family also includes: My brothers, Kelly, Tedrin and Andrew, and sisters, Kellie, Kenniqua, Alayna and Myesha
Words to live by: “If you want something you never had, you have to do something you have never done.” -- Lil Bibby.
Favorite athlete: John Wall.
Favorite team: Kentucky Wildcats.
Favorite opponent: Madison East.
Favorite facility/site to compete in: Lussier Stadium.
Favorite movie: ‘Zootopia’.
Favorite TV show: ‘Ball in the Family’.
Favorite food: Chicken wings.
Favorite fast food place and/or restaurant: Chick-fil-A and Culver’s.
Favorite sport on TV: College basketball and football.
Favorite place to visit: Disney World.
I want to visit: Italy.
Top three favorite songs: ‘Everyday We Lit’ by YFN Lucci; ‘Untouchable’ by NBA YoungBoy; ‘We Ball’ by G Herbo
Primary news source: Twitter.
Favorite website: YouTube.
Radio preset: Auxiliary.
I drive: A Ford.
Dream car: A Lamborghini.
I can’t live without: Sports and music.
I like Madison La Follette High School because: We have a block schedule (only 4 classes a day).
If I could change anything: I would be 6-4.
I wish we could play: Kimberly (football) and Stevens Point (basketball).
I wish I could meet: John Wall.
Dream date: Ariana Grande.
Dream gift: Doernbecher 7s.
Preferred brand of shoe: Retro Jordan's and Nike.
My perfect day: Eat a great breakfast, watch college football or basketball, play basketball and hang out with friends and eat a good dinner.
I like to read: Sports Illustrated.
This and that: Member of Avid, Black Student Union and National Honor Society … volunteer work includes youth volunteer coaching for basketball and football at La Follette … played for Wisconsin Triple Threat AAU basketball program … member of High Honor Roll since freshman year.
Hobbies: Playing basketball and hanging out with friends.
Post-high school plans: Attend a four-year college to earn a degree and hopefully play basketball.
Did you know? I have taken sign language classes at La Follette High School and know a lot of sign language.
Career goal: To be able to wake up and say I love going to work every day.