Athlete Profile: Brayden Dickelman

Senior helped Shawano nab early season win

Athlete: Brayden Dickelman

Sport: Football

Positions: Running back, linebacker

School: Shawano Community High School

Year: Senior

SHAWANO — Heading into the fall season with plenty of returning talent, the Shawano football team looked to put a one-win 2018 season in the past.

The Hawks were able to match that win total with a Bay Conference road win over Waupaca in week two, with Brayden Dickelman leading the way in the running game.

The senior, who is also being asked to play defense this season, carried the ball 20 times in the contest, tallying 125 yards and scoring one of the offense’s three touchdowns.

Dickelman, who made the first team all-conference as a junior, was a part of a playoff-qualifying team as a freshman, and is hoping to guide to team back to the postseason as he wraps up his decorated high school career.

“Brayden means a lot to our football team. Playing both sides of the ball, he can have a huge impact on the game,” said Shawano coach Al Tomow. “But it’s his maturation off the field that’s been impressive. He’s been doing a great job as a leader, staying positive and encouraging teammates. He’s also one of our team captains.”

Q: When did your interest in football begin?

A: My interest in football began in fourth grade when I played organized football for the first time. I loved the physicality of the game.

Q: What is your favorite part about the football season?

A: Everything on gameday. Team meals, bus rides, the locker room. It’s all even better after a win too.

Q: After a one-win season in 2018, how crucial was it for the team to get a win in the early part of this season?

A: The Waupaca win was huge. The goal line stand and playing a complete game was so big for us. I’m very excited to see where we go as a team.

Q: You’ve been asked to also play on defense this fall after serving primarily on offense in the past. What has that switch been like for you?

A: It’s been different. I like playing defense, it’s harder than it looks and twice as hard as offense is.

Q: You are a workhorse out of the backfield and know you are going to take a ton of hits per game. How do you prepare yourself for that?

A: There’s not a ton of preparation I do. I just make sure I’m taking care of my body throughout the week. I ice everyday after practice and go to the chiropractor once a week.

Q: What’s your favorite memory of competing on the Shawano football team?

A: Hands down it is qualifying for playoffs my freshman year on homecoming. There’s no better feeling than that and I want the guys to feel that this year.

Q: What are you going to miss most about high school football?

A: Easily being around the guys. Our group this year is so tight. We get along great and it’s a fun atmosphere to be in. Definitely going to miss them next year.

Q: Favorite TV show, movie and musical artist?

A: “Last Chance U” is on Netflix and easily my favorite show. I’ve watched “The Benchwarmers” hundreds of times and I still love it. My favorite artist is probably Lil Skies.

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

A: My vision is so bad in my left eye, I’m considered blind.

Q: What’s the greatest piece of advice you have ever been told?

A: The greatest advice I’ve ever been given is to always work hard and anything that you want will take care of itself.

Q: What are some things you hope to accomplish after graduating high school?

A: I plan to pursue football in college and get a degree in exercise science and go to grad school to be a physical therapist.