Brett Fuglestad (Rich Palzewic photo)
BY RICH PALZEWIC
Brett Fuglestad is a senior at Bay Port High School currently playing tennis for the Pirates. Brett was also a key member of the soccer team last fall where he scored eight goals and had four assists.
Like his parents and three brothers before him, Brett will attend UW-Madison starting this fall. He’s not sure what he will study yet, but something science related with the hopes of moving into pre-med is a possibility.
Name: Brett Fuglestad
Parents: Loren & Deb
School: Bay Port
Sport: tennis, soccer
How do you pronounce your last name?
Three older brothers?
“The oldest is 25, the middle one is 23 and the third is 21. They all live in the Madison area right now.”
What was it like being the youngest of four?
“We get along pretty well together, but you could say that I’m the pampered baby. We are a pretty agreeable group of guys.”
It must be quiet at home now!
“It was definitely an adjustment not having them at home anymore, but I’ve gotten used to it now. It’s pretty quiet, but we still have our dogs.”
Do you come from a sports family?
“My oldest brother was into music, but my two middle brothers both played soccer. My mom was a swimmer and my dad played basketball.”
Had you ever done any other high school sports?
“I played basketball my freshman and sophomore years, but then I realized I probably wouldn’t make the team the next two years with the talent we had on the team, so I became the manager instead starting my junior year. I enjoyed that because it kept me close to the sport.”
Even though you play tennis, would you say your main sport is soccer?
“Yes. I started playing when I was like 4 years old and got into select soccer when I was 10. I played football at Bay View and played varsity soccer at Bay Port my junior and senior years.”
What’s the story behind tennis then?
“I first picked up a tennis racket my sophomore year because my brother played when he was a senior and I was a freshman. He said it was a lot of fun. Last year I played No. 2 doubles – I’ll probably be in a similar spot this year again. Given the circumstances with me starting late, I think I’ve done pretty well.”
How about a high school sport you wish you could have done?
“I wish I could have continued with basketball, but I was realistic about it all. I was also a kicker at Bay View when I played football there.”
Do you have a most memorable sports moment?
“This past fall in soccer when I got my first hat trick (three goals) against Sheboygan South. I scored two in the first half and one in the second. I also had an assist in that game.”
How about a most embarrassing one?
“My sophomore year in JV basketball I was on the floor at the end of the game during garbage time and threw the ball out of bounds to Alec Nagel, who was sitting on the bench.”
I hear you can speak some German?
“I could probably go to Germany right now and survive okay. I’ve been taking it since the sixth grade. I wouldn’t say I’m fluent in it but not bad.”
Do you have a favorite family vacation?
“Last year my family went to Costa Rica. We stayed for a week … half the time we were up by a volcano in the rain forest and the other half we were down on the beach. We did zip lining and rappelled down some waterfalls.”
What’s on your music playlist?
“It’s an interesting mix, but either country or rap.”
What are some of your non-sports related hobbies?
“I like watching Netflix, playing video games and hanging out with my friends.”
What will you miss most about Bay Port?
“I’m going to miss seeing my friends every day since many of us are going our separate ways. I will miss the relationships I’ve made with some of the teachers.”
How will Brett Fuglestad be remembered at Bay Port High School?
“That I’m a hard-working person who is pretty quiet and gets good grades.”
Tiny house or tree house?
Chocolate or vanilla?
Black or white?
Fruits or veggies?
Lie on the beach or ski down the slopes?
“Lie on the beach.”
Notes: Suggestions for the senior spotlight can be submitted to Rich via email ([email protected]) or via Twitter (@richpalzewic). All spotlights can be found online at thepress.media. Check out last week’s spotlight on wrestler Travis Jahnke.