Dennis Semrau covers prep sports for 100.5 ESPN Madison and ESPNWisconsin.com
Sawyer Maly, Waunakee High School
Sports: Football, basketball, track and field, baseball.
Sports highlights: Sawyer is a two-time letterwinner and a two-year starter at wide receiver and as a reserve cornerback in football. He earned Badger North Conference second-team honors as a junior, finishing with 11 catches for 232 yards and four touchdowns. He was also named Most Improved Underclassmen as a junior. Waunakee won Badger North Conference titles his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons and won the 2017 WIAA Division 2 state championship.
He is a two-time letterwinner in track and field, competing in the 100-meter dash, 400-meter relay, high jump and long jump. He shared Most Valuable honors as a junior and competed at state in the 400-meter relay along with Riley Zuhde, L.O Johnson and Nathan Mais and placed fourth at the WIAA Division 1 state meet and earned all-state honors. As a sophomore, he competed at state in the 400-meter relay with Lucas Statz, Zuhde and Johnson and placed fifth, earning all-state honors.
He played basketball as a freshman and sophomore at guard, and played baseball as an outfielder as a freshman.
Pre-game ritual or superstition: Same stretching routine.
Cumulative GPA: 3.3.
Favorite subject/class: Physics.
Favorite teacher: Mr. Acker.
Quick quote: “You have to be committed to succeed.”
Three words to describe me are: Competitive, level-headed, responsible.
I got my start in sports: I was always going to my older brothers games, and I really fell in love with the aspect of team sports
I wish I could play: Lacrosse.
My most memorable moments in sports: Winning the WIAA Division 2 State Championship in football last year and competing at UW-Lacrosse in the WIAA State Track and Field meet.
I like about high school sports: You get to play with your best friends and for the community you grew up in.
I enjoy playing football because: It is the ultimate team sport, and I get to do it with my best friends.
Advice: “Grades your freshman year are just as important as your grades senior year.”
My role models are: Riley Zuhde and L.O. Johnson.
Most inspirational teammate: Michael Saxby and Gabe Zander.
My family includes: My two older brothers, Ross and Carson, and my parents, Maureen and Pat.
Words to live by: “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” -- Adre Gide
Favorite athlete: Stefon Diggs.
Favorite team: Green Bay Packers.
Favorite opponent: Mount Horeb/Barneveld.
Favorite facility/site to compete in: Warriors Stadium.
Favorite movie: “Dumb & Dumber”.
Favorite TV show: “The Office”.
Favorite food: Graduation party cheesy potatoes.
Favorite fast food place and/or restaurant: Chipotle.
Favorite sport on TV: NFL Redzone.
Favorite place to visit: Our family’s cottage on Lake Wisconsin.
I want to visit: Switzerland.
Top three favorite songs: ‘6 man’ – Drake; ‘Freestyle’ -- Lil Baby; ‘Same Drugs’ -- Chance The Rapper.
Primary news source: Twitter.
Favorite website: Fantasy.nfl.com.
I drive: A 2003 Honda Ruckus moped.
Dream car: Anything with four wheels.
I can’t live without: Music.
I like Waunakee High School because: The academics are second to none, and there are countless resources to help you if you are struggling in a class.
If I could change anything: The cost of college and student loans.
I wish we could play: Sun Prairie.
I wish I could meet: LeBron James.
Dream date: Sydney McLaughlin.
Dream gift: Tickets to a Drake concert.
Preferred brand of shoe: Adidas.
My perfect day: Play a round of golf with my friends, watch NFL Redzone and have a cookout to end the day.
I like to read: Biographies and The Waunakee Tribune.
This and that: Member of the Waunakee Football Leadership Council and Waunakee Athletic Leadership Council … volunteer work includes The Jake Foundation, coaching at youth football camp, Waunahoops basketball volunteer … member of High Honor Roll.
Hobbies: Playing CYO basketball, golfing, table tennis enthusiast.
Post-high school plans: Attend a four-year university to continue my athletics and academics, possibly majoring in Business.
Did you know?: I have never been on an airplane.
Career goal: Sports Marketing.