Dennis Semrau covers prep sports for 100.5 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com
Cade Spilde, Stoughton High School
Sports: Football, wrestling.
Sports highlights: Cade is a returning letterwinner and a two-year starter in football as an outside linebacker and punter and placekicker. As a junior, he earned All-Area honorable mention honors as a punter and All-Badger South Conference second-team honors as a punter and honorable mention recognition as a linebacker.He played on special teams as a sophomore.
Cade is a three-year letterwinner and three-year starter in wrestling. He has posted a career record of 120-47 entering his senior year. As a junior, he posted a 44-12 record at 152 pounds and placed fifth at the Rumble on the Red tournament in Fargo N.D. He was third at sectionals, second at regionals and runner-up in the Badger Conference tournament and earned All-Badger South Conference first-team and All-Area honorable mention honors. The Vikings won the Badger South Conference title, Badger Conference Tournament championship and the WIAA Division 1 team state title.
As a sophomore, Cade placed sixth at the WIAA Division 1 individual state tournament at 138 pounds and finished with a 45-13 record. He was second at sectionals and regionals and third at the Badger Conference tournament. He earned All-Badger South Conference second-team honors. The Vikings won the Badger South Conference title and Badger Conference Tournament and also finished runner-up at the WIAA Division 1 team state tournament.
His freshman season, Cade finished with a 31-22 record at 132 pounds. He was third at sectionals, second at regionals and fifth at the Badger Conference tournament. He placed eighth at the prestigious Cheesehead Tournament in Kaukauna. The Vikings won the Badger South Conference title and Badger Conference Tournament and also finished runner-up at the WIAA Division 1 team state tournament.
Pre-game ritual or superstition: Stretch and roll out while listening to music.
Cumulative GPA: 3.872.
Favorite subject/class: Woods.
Favorite teacher: Mr. Johnson.
Quick quote: “Competing in sports has taught me that you can’t control everything.”
Three words to describe me are: Tough, stubborn, competitive.
I got my start in sports: Because of my dad coaching wrestling. He is the co-head varsity wrestling coach at Stoughton.
I wish I could play: Water polo.
My most memorable moments in sports: Winning the WIAA Division 1 team state title in wrestling.
I like about high school sports: The competitiveness.
I enjoy playing football because: There’s physical contact on every play and all the strategy that goes into one game.
Advice: “Learn from upperclassmen’s mistakes so you don’t make the same mistakes.”
My role models are: My parents, Dan and Lisa.
Most inspirational teammate: Tyler Dow.
My family also includes: My brother, Luke, and sister, Claire.
Words to live by: “Life doesn’t forgive weakness.”
Favorite athlete: JJ Watt.
Favorite team: Green Bay Packers.
Favorite opponent: Milton.
Favorite facility/site to compete in: The Kohl Center.
Favorite movie: ‘American Sniper’.
Favorite TV show: ‘Bowhunt or Die’
Favorite food: Prime rib.
Favorite fast food place and/or restaurant: Culver’s.
Favorite sport on TV: College football.
Favorite place to visit: Family’s cabin in Lac du Flambeau.
I want to visit: Canada to hunt or fish.
Top three favorite songs: ‘Plug Walk’; ‘Life Goes On’; ‘Look Alive’.
Primary news source: My phone.
Favorite website: Cabelas.com.
I drive: A 2009 Ford Escape.
Dream car: A Ferrari.
I can’t live without: Bowhunting.
I like Stoughton High School because: It’s the perfect size. It’s not small but its small enough that you know everyone, and we’re competitive in sports.
If I could change anything: I would make summer longer.
I wish we could play: Kaukauna in football.
I wish I could meet: President Donald Trump.
Dream date: A day spent in Northern Wisconsin.
Dream gift: A cabin on a lake in Northern Wisconsin.
Preferred brand of shoe: Adidas.
My perfect day: Shooting a world record deer.
I like to read: Sports articles.
This and that: Member of 4-H Club … shows sheep for most of the summer … volunteer work includes filling sandbags with football teammates during recent flooding, coaching with the Stoughton youth wrestling program … member of USA Wrestling … competed in Advance Wrestling program … placed fifth in freestyle wrestling at 2017 Northern Plains summer tournament … placed first in freestyle and second in Greco competition at 138 pounds during state summer competition … member of High Honor Roll throughout high school.
Hobbies: Hunting and fishing.
Post-high school plans: Attend college to pursue a degree in an undecided major and possibly compete in football or wrestling.
Did you know? My family farms sheep.
Career goal: Be successful and happy.