Editor's note: Dennis Semrau covers prep sports for ESPN Madison 100.5 FM.
Craig Steele, Portage High School
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.