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Prep Mania profile: Craig Steele

Editor's note: Dennis Semrau covers prep sports for ESPN Madison 100.5 FM.

Craig Steele, Portage High School

Year: Senior.

Sports: Basketball, football.

Sports highlights: Craig is a returning letterwinner and a first-year starter for the Warriors, who are 5-6 overall, including 4-2 in the Badger North Conference. He is averaging 19.8 points per game, ranking fourth in the Badger North in scoring, and 3.0 rebounds per game. He scored a career-high 29 points in a 70-66 victory over DeForest this season. As a junior, he averaged 7.2 points per game and shot 51 percent from the field and 42 percent from 3-point range to help Portage finish 17-7, its best season in 10 years. He played football on the JV team at wide receiver as a sophomore.

Pre-game ritual or superstition: Listen to ‘Big Sean’ and jump rope.

Cumulative GPA: 3.0.

Favorite subject/class: World Literature.

Favorite teacher: Ms. Lobermeier.

Quick quote: “Competing in sports has taught me that hard work pays off.”

Three words to describe me are: Hard-working, funny, kind.

I got my start in sports: Playing football in first grade in Lorain, Ohio.

I wish I could play: Football.

My most memorable moments in sports: Beating Reedsburg three times my junior year in basketball including a regional playoff game.

I like about high school sports: The friends and relationships you make.

I enjoy playing basketball because: It relieves my stress and creates many opportunities for me.

Advice: “I know everyone says this but, hard work really does pay off.”

My role models are: My mom, Amy, and every coach I have ever had.

Most inspirational teammate: All my teammates inspire me to be better.

My family also includes: Asja and Malia, my younger twin sisters, and my younger brother, Jameson.

Nickname: CJ, Easy money, C-Money.

Words to live by: “Never give up.”

Favorite athlete: Alabama basketball player Collin Sexton.

Favorite team: University of Kansas.

Favorite opponent: Baraboo.

Favorite facility/site to compete in: Portage High School gym.

Favorite movie: ‘The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie’.

Favorite TV show: ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’.

Favorite food: Ice cream and cereal.

Favorite fast food place and/or restaurant: Chick-fil-A.

Favorite sport on TV: College basketball.

Favorite place to visit: Lorain, Ohio.

I want to visit: Los Angeles.

Top three favorite songs: ‘Break from Toronto’; ‘The Way Life Goes’; ‘Jump Out The Window’.

Primary news source: Portage Daily Register.

Favorite website: Cool Math Games.

I drive: A Thee Dodge Grand Caravan

Dream car: Anything with good gas mileage.

I can’t live without: My phone.

I like Portage High School because: My best friends Erik Isakson and Grant Garrigan go there.

If I could change anything: I would have started playing basketball earlier.

I wish we could play: Whitnall or Kaukauna.

I wish I could meet: Collin Sexton.

Dream date: Going out for ice cream or to an amusement park.

Dream gift: Shoes.

Preferred brand of shoe: Casual.

My perfect day: Sleeping in, eat breakfast, going to work out, eat lunch, hanging out with my siblings, eat another meal, go to the gym, eat dinner, hangout with friends.

I like to read: Twitter or Instagram.

This and that: Member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) … volunteer work includes Portage youth basketball program, including the Elks’ free throw contest and Little Skills nights in the summer … work part-time for the Portage Park and Recreation Office and the Adidas outlet in Wisconsin Dells … played three years of AAU basketball, two years for the Hugh Roberts Randolph team and one year for the Wisconsin Playmakers out of Eau Claire.

Hobbies: Playing basketball, hanging with friends, listening to music.

Post-high school plans: Earn a degree in Biology or Exercise Science and play college basketball.

Did you know? I will be 17 years old while in college. I don’t turn 18 until September. I was born in San Diego, California. Both of my parents were in the military.

Career goal: Become a Chiropractor and own my own practice.