Dennis Semrau covers prep sports for 100.5 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com
Cade Ellingson, Madison Memorial High School
Sports: Basketball, football, baseball
Sports highlights: Cade is a three-time letterwinner and a two-year starter in basketball as a guard. A two-time team co-captain, he earned All-Big Eight Conference second-team and All-Area honorable mention honors as a junior, averaging 12.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. He was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and also was named to the All-Tournament team at the Farm Bureau Classic in Spartanburg, S.C. The Spartans shared the Big Eight Conference title and advanced to the WIAA Division 1 state semifinals his sophomore year.
He is a two-time letterwinner and a two-year starter as a wide receiver and kick returner in football. He also played quarterback and defensive back. As a senior, he earned All-Area third-team, All-Big Eight Conference second-team and All-City honors as a wide receiver. He caught 26 passes for 364 yards and five touchdowns and also returned a kickoff for a touchdown for the Spartans, who were co-Big Eight Conference champions. His junior year, he received Scout Team Player of the Year.
He also played baseball as a sophomore on the JV at second base.
Pre-game ritual or superstition: I eat at Taco Bell and shave before games.
Cumulative GPA: 3.0.
Favorite subject/class: Mathematics and Chemistry.
Favorite teacher: Senora Seymour-Nahn (Spanish).
Quick quote: “Competing in sports has taught me about becoming more of a leader and being more mature.
Three words to describe me are: Weird, perky, smart.
I got my start in sports: My dad played basketball, and he was my first coach when I started playing when I was 5 years old.
I wish I could play: Golf.
My most memorable moments in sports: Playing at the Kohl Center my sophomore year when we advanced to the WIAA Division 1 state semifinals.
I like about high school sports: All the friendships that you make.
I enjoy playing basketball because: It brings together a bunch of guys with different tastes and opinions to achieve one goal.
Advice: “Make the most of your time in high school because it just flies by.”
My role models are: My Dad, Bill Ellingson, and Drew Slempkes.
Most inspirational teammate: Jaden Krecklow.
My family also includes: My Mom, Heidi, and younger brother, Drew.
Words to live by: “Live with no regrets, each shot is an independent event.”
Favorite athlete: Bradley Beal.
Favorite team: Washington Wizards.
Favorite opponent: Sun Prairie.
Favorite facility/site to compete in: Verona’s basketball gym.
Favorite movie: ‘White Men Can’t Jump’.
Favorite TV show: ‘Big Time Rush’.
Favorite food: Wings.
Favorite fast food place and/or restaurant: Buffalo Wild Wings.
Favorite sport on TV: College basketball.
Favorite place to visit: Cancun, Mexico.
I want to visit: Australia.
Top three favorite songs: ‘No Idea’ -- Big Time Rush; ‘Drip to hard’, ‘Cry’ Alison Wonderland.
Primary news source: My parents, word of mouth.
Favorite website: CoolMathGames.
I drive: A 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Dream car: A W Motors Lykan Hypersport.
I can’t live without: My family.
I like Madison Memoria High School because: Memorial is a very diverse school, and you can feel all the teachers here really want you to succeed past high school.
If I could change anything: I wish I would have dressed nicer when I was younger.
I wish we could play: Monona Grove.
I wish I could meet: Magic Johnson.
Dream date: Sabrina Carpenter.
Dream gift: Sweatshirts and tickets to a Washington Wizards game.
Preferred brand of shoe: Nike.
My perfect day: Waking up to no school, getting food with teammates, then playing a basketball game.
I like to read: Mystery and fiction.
This and that: Member of Captains’ Club … volunteer work includes coaching at youth basketball and football camps … played AAU basketball with Wisconsin Academy for six years.
Hobbies: Playing video games and hanging out with people.
Post-high school plans: Attend a four-year college and major in either Finance or Accounting and hopefully play basketball.
Did you know? I have over 30 pairs of custom design socks.
Career goal: Finance or Accountant.