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The Drill: Andrew Quade is the energizer for W-WG athletics

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WESTBROOK -- When you watch Andrew Quade play, and even when you just listen to him talk, it’s easy to assume that the Westbrook-Walnut Grove senior is never at a loss for energy.

“High energy” is his middle name.

Well, not really. But throughout his high school career participating at a high level in football, basketball and golf, he exudes energy of the kind that you can’t teach. In basketball, he says he likes to see himself as the “floor general.”

“The energizer bunny, kind of. Just keeps the energy up, keep the morale high,” he explains.

During his junior year on the football team, in a year that the Chargers moved through the playoffs all the way to the section championship game, he missed a contest due to an injury. And yet, he finished fourth in rushing in the Red Rock Conference that year, also leading the conference in pass receptions and placing second in receiving yards.

When The Globe discussed with him his football year, and his 2017-18 basketball season -- and the fact that he’s also an excellent golfer, we asked him tongue-in-cheek if he sold popcorn, too.

Actually, he said, he did.

This fall, Quade is naturally an important cog in the 2018 football team, which contains its usual mix of talented athletes. The Chargers aren’t as experienced, or as deep, as they’ve been in recent seasons, though, meaning Quade’s input will go a long way in determining how it all comes out.

The Globe did a Drill episode with Quade recently to get a better feel of what he’s all about. You can see the video online at www.dglobe.com. Here’s a sampling of the interview:

QUESTION: You’re a leader on the football team. How do you like to lead?

ANSWER: “On the field I like to lead vocally and by example. Tell the players where to be. I like to know every play, do a lot of film before -- just be prepared at all times.”

QUESTION: You’re very quick and aggressive on the field of play. How would you describe your motor? What is it that gives you that little extra something?

ANSWER: “A lot of people watch cartoons growing up. I was watching Sports Center (on ESPN). It was just always in me, and I would go over to my grandma’s if I was sick one day, and we’d just watch Sports Center and eat all day. It was a great time.”

QUESTION: Who is the person who most inspires you in sports? Somebody you know? Somebody famous?

ANSWER: “One of my idols, I would say, who has driven me the most is my dad. He played college football at SMSU (Southwest Minnesota State University-Marshall). And obviously my family and friends. Both of my brothers played football, and my sister was a three-sport athlete. All of them, really.”

Doug Wolter

Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.

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