Editor's note: Dennis Semrau covers prep sports for ESPN Madison 100.5 FM.
Nick Herbst, McFarland High School
Sports: Baseball, basketball, football.
Sports highlights: Nick is a three-time letterwinner and a three-year starter in baseball as an outfielder, catcher and pitcher entering his senior year. As a junior, he batted .380 and earned Rock Valley North Conference first-team honors as an outfielder. As a sophomore, he batted .452 and earned Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association All-State third-team, All-South Central District first-team and all-conference first-team honors as an outfielder. He earned team Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year honors as a sophomore and junior.
Nick is a three-time letterwinner and a starting guard in basketball as a senior. He is averaging 2.4 points and 2.0 rebounds per game for the Spartans, who are 13-5, including a 12-2 record good for second place in the Rock Valley Conference. He averaged 2.2 points and 1.2 rebounds per game as a reserve as a junior to help McFarland earn a share of the Rock Valley North Conference title.
He is a three-time letterwinner and three-year starter in football as a wide receiver and punter. As a senior, he earned All-Rock Valley Conference second-team honors at wide receiver, catching 44 passes for 576 yards and nine touchdowns. He was the Spartans’ Offensive and Special Teams’ Player of the Year.
Pre-game ritual or superstition: Usually a nap.
Cumulative GPA: 3.7.
Favorite subject/class: American History.
Favorite teacher: Chris McGrath.
Quick quote: “Competing in sports taught me it’s important to show sportsmanship and respect to opponents and officials/umpires, the importance of confidence and self-belief, and time management between school work and athletics.”
Three words to describe me are: Calm, easy-going, witty.
I got my start in sports: Playing with my dad and brother in the backyard.
I wish I could play: Volleyball.
My most memorable moments in sports: Being able to play on the same team as my brother, Chad, my freshman year of baseball, winning conference in basketball my junior year, and being named an all-state outfielder my sophomore year of baseball.
I like about high school sports: Being able to play with friends that I’ve always had and also building new relationships with both younger and older teammates.
I enjoy playing baseball because: It’s not (usually) as intense or high-pressure as the other sports I’ve played throughout high school, which I enjoy.
Advice: “Enjoy your time in high school because it goes a lot faster than you think.”
My role models are: My older brother Chad and my dad, Jerry.
Most inspirational teammate: Cade Werwinski.
My family also includes: My mom, Robyn.
Nickname: Nick (full name Nicholas).
Words to live by: “They don’t think it be like it is, but it do.” -- Oscar Gamble.
Favorite athlete: Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Favorite team: Milwaukee Bucks.
Favorite opponent: Edgerton.
Favorite facility/site to compete in: Perkins Stadium in Whitewater for football.
Favorite movie: ‘Airplane’.
Favorite TV show: ‘Stranger Things’.
Favorite food: Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo.
Favorite fast food place and/or restaurant: Culver’s.
Favorite sport on TV: Basketball.
Favorite place to visit: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
I want to visit: Greece.
Top three favorite songs: Anything from Chance the Rapper, really.
Primary news source: Twitter.
Favorite website: BleacherReport.com.
Radio preset: 94.9-FM WOLX.
I drive: A 2010 Hyundai Elantra.
Dream car: A DeLorean DMC-12.
I can’t live without: ESPN.
I like McFarland High School because: It’s not too big, but it’s not super small either.
I wish we could play: Oregon.
I wish I could meet: Leslie Nielsen.
Dream date: Courtside seats at a Milwaukee Bucks game.
Dream gift: Courtside tickets to a Milwaukee Bucks game.
Preferred brand of shoe: Nike.
My perfect day: Sleep in and then spend the rest of the day on a beach in 80 degree weather.
I like to read: ‘Sports Illustrated’.
This and that: Plays the trombone in the high school concert and pep bands … volunteer work includes working baseball and basketball camps … works open gyms on Wednesday nights and Saturdays … member of High Honor and Honor Rolls … earned Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Academic All-District honors as a junior.
Hobbies: Playing video games, reading ‘Sports Illustrated’, spending time with family and friends.
Post-high school plans: Attend Illinois State University to play baseball and study an undetermined major.
Did you know? I passed out in the middle of class in second grade because I held my breath for too long.
Career goal: Start a family in a nice place and find happiness in whatever career path I choose.