Dennis Semrau covers prep sports for 100.5 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com.
Austin Westra, DeForest High School
Sports: Basketball, soccer.
Sports highlights: Austin is a three-time letterwinner and a two-year starter as a forward in basketball and is a two-time team co-captain as a junior and senior. He , he earned Badger North Conference first-team honors and was named the Norskies’ Most Valuable Player as a junior when he averaged 16.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. He earned all-league honorable mention recognition as a sophomore.
He is a four-time letterwinner and a three-year starter in soccer as a goalkeeper. A team co-captain as a junior and senior, he is a three-time All-Badger North Conference first-team selection. He earned All-Area honors as a senior.
Pre-game ritual or superstition: Listen to 7 nation army.
Cumulative GPA: 3.8.
Favorite subject/class: Advanced Accounting.
Favorite teacher: David Haas.
Quick quote: “Competing in sports has taught me to always go 100 percent. You may not be able to the next day.”
Three words to describe me are: Poised, dedicated, leader.
I got my start in sports: Playing youth soccer and basketball.
I wish I could play: Football.
My most memorable moments in sports: Beating a very high-ranked Onalaska team.
I like about high school sports: Playing with all of the boys.
I enjoy playing basketball because: It is a fast-paced game along with thinking on the fly. It makes you get out of your comfort zone to solve the problem at hand.
Advice: “Work hard in the off-season.”
My role model is: My grandfather, Jerry Westra.
Most inspirational teammate: Brodie Runez, who pushed me in every practice and taught me what I should do to be a good leader on and off the floor.
My family includes: My mother, Kerry, father, Steve, brother, Brandon, and sister, Amber.
Nickname: Big Body
Words to live by: “Pain is temporary, glory lasts forever.”
Favorite athlete: Michael Jordan.
Favorite team: Milwaukee Bucks.
Favorite opponent: Waunakee.
Favorite facility/site to compete in: Iowa State practice facility.
Favorite movie: ‘Baby Driver’.
Favorite TV show: ‘Big Bang Theory’.
Favorite food: Fondue.
Favorite fast food place and/or restaurant: TGI Fridays.
Favorite sport on TV: NBA.
Favorite place to visit: Florida.
I want to visit: Australia.
Favorite Songs: ‘Eye of the Tiger’; ‘Thrift Shop’; ‘Seven Nation Army’.
Primary news source: ESPN.
Favorite website: ESPN.com.
I drive: A Ford Fusion.
Dream car: A Lamborghini.
I can’t live without: My family.
I like DeForest High School because: It’s easy.
If I could change anything: I would end world hunger.
I wish we could play: Spire Academy.
I wish I could meet: Adam Sandler.
Dream gift: A Lamborghini.
Preferred brand of shoe: Nike.
My perfect day: Play in a huge basketball tournament with great guys.
This and that: Member of National Honor Society … work at Walgreens … volunteer at basketball and soccer camps for the youth in the summer … volunteer work also includes local Blood Drive and helping out at Windsor United Church of Christ … played AAU basketball for two years with Wisconsin Hoops Select and two years with Wisconsin Swing programs … played youth soccer with Norski Club program … earned High Honors throughout high school.
Hobbies: Magic, playing basketball
Post-high school plans: Attend college to study either Accounting or Physical Therapy and play basketball.
Did you know? I like apple sauce on my pizza.
Career goal: Eventually be able to own my own business.