Prep Mania profile: Sawyer Maly

Dennis Semrau covers prep sports for 100.5 ESPN Madison and ESPNWisconsin.com

Sawyer Maly, Waunakee High School

Year: Senior.

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.

Nickname: Sawdawg.

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.