Post-Crescent sports reporter Ricardo Arguello goes one-on-one with Appleton West High School basketball player Jake Verhagen.
Q: What are the expectations for your team in the Fox Valley Association? What do the Terrors do well?
A: We are a conference favorite and have high expectations for this year. The Terrors will bring a very exciting game. We will play defense and run the ball up the floor. The entire team is very athletic.
Q: During the summer, to prepare for the season, how much time do you invest in lifting, conditioning and other type of activities?
A: This summer, I played AAU with the Wisconsin Blizzard and I put in a lot of work throughout the summer. With practice and going to the Y, I put in a lot of work.
Q: You decided to go out for football. What was that experience like and were you a little concerned about getting hurt with basketball right around the corner?
A: I’m really glad I played footbal this year. I really missed being out there with the guys last year and really feel like I got stronger and improved as an athlete. When I was playing, I was never real worried about getting injured, although every once in a while it was in my head.
Q: Let’s say I gave you two first-class tickets to go see any musical artist/band that you want. Whom would you see and whom would you take?
A: I would go and see Lupe Fiasco and bring Austin Berlick.
Q: It’s time for U-Pick-Em! I’ll give you a few examples of a subject and you give me your preference. We’ll start with video game systems: Xbox 360, PS3 or Wii?
A: I’m a Xbox 360 guy.
Q: Sugary breakfast cereals: Corn Pops, Froot Loops or Cap’n Crunch?
A: Cap’n Crunch. I use to have it every morning.
Q: Packers quarterbacks: Bart Starr, Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers?
A: Going old school with Bart Starr. He was so talented.
Q: Old-time NBA superstars: Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson or Dr. J?
A: Dr. J. I love watching his highlights. He was one of the most exciting players to play.
Q: Basketball super skills: Three-point sharpshooter, rebounding terror or ankle-breaking crossover?
A: Three-point sharpshooter. That’s something that you can rely on and something that you can go far with.
Q: “Star Trek” or “Star Wars”?
A: “Star Wars” for me.
Q: Pro football or pro baseball?
A: Pro football. I love watching the NFL on Sundays and Mondays. I’m a Packers fan.
Q: Oh no! You’re stranded on a desert island. You have plenty of food and water, but if you could have three things with you, what would those be?
A: I would bring my iPad, my cell phone and probably a basketball for something to do.
Q: What will you remember most about your time at Appleton West?
A: I will remember all of the relationships I’ve made, whether that’s with students, teachers or the community.
— Ricardo Arguello: 920-993-1000, ext. 558, or firstname.lastname@example.org; on Twitter@PCRicardo