Athlete of the Week: Mitchell Stegeman

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Senior hoping to lead Suring to memorable season

Suring’s Mitchell Stegeman dunks the ball against Wabeno/Laona in a game on Friday, Nov. 30. Stegeman is hoping to lead the Eagles to a strong season this winter. (Contributed photo)

Athlete: Mitchell Stegeman

Sport: Boys Basketball

School: Suring High School

Year: Senior

Despite losing the school’s all-time leading scorer, the Suring High School boys basketball team still believes it can compete for a Marinette & Oconto Conference outright title after sharing the crown with Coleman and Crivitz last year. A big part of the team’s plan to reach that goal is the play of senior Mitchell Stegeman.

Stegeman made the all-conference second team a season ago and is hoping to have an even bigger season this winter to help lead the Eagles to all of their team goals.

Q: When did your interest in basketball begin?

A: My interest I basketball began when I wad about four and my parents got me a Fisher Price mini basketball hoop that we put in our living room.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a basketball game or the basketball season?

A: My favorite part about the season is spending time with my teammates and getting to play the game I love.

Q: What are some of your individual goals this basketball season and how do you plan to achieve them?

A: I want to improve my field goal percentage from last year. I also want to shoot above 90 percent from the free throw line.

Q: What are some of the team’s goals for this season?

A: A goal of ours coming into the season is winning conference. Last year we shared the title with two other teams, but this year we want to win it outright. We also want to bring a regional and sectional plaque back to our school.

Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals?

A: No, I really don’t do anything special before I play.

Q: What serves as your motivation on the basketball court?

A: I am most motivated by the energy that the crowd brings.

Q: Do you look up to any particular athletes? If so, why them?

A: I don’t really look up to any athletes.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not in school or competing in a high school sport?

A: I love hanging out with friends, it doesn’t matter if it’s going to a movie or just hanging out at someone’s house.

Q: Favorite TV show, movie, musical artist?

A: “Smallville,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” and Katy Perry.

Q: Name one thing about yourself that not many people know.

A: After the summer of 2019 I will have been to 46 states.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

A: You will get out of it what you put into it.