Senior Spotlight: William Pytleski – Green Bay Southwest boys’ basketball, football
By Rich Palzewic
William Pytleski (PIT-LET-SKI) is a senior at Green Bay Southwest High School on the boys’ basketball team.
He averaged over 20 points per game and is the school-record holder in career points with approximately 1,500.
Pytleski has been a four-year varsity player and scored 30 points in the Trojans’ sectional semifinal loss to Kaukauna March 7.
He also played football last fall, where he was an all-conference wide receiver after catching 70 passes for 1,026 yards during the regular season.
Pytleski plans to attend UW-Whitewater or UW-Eau Claire and study business, and will most likely play football or basketball, but hasn’t decided which yet.
In his spare time, he likes to hang out with his friends, play video games and attend sporting events.
Name: William Pytleski
School: Green Bay Southwest
Sports: Boys’ basketball, football
Parents: Bryan and Melissa
You are officially the first Green Bay Southwest senior spotlight for our paper – tell me how that feels.
“Your paper is making a good push for high school sports, so it feels awesome. You’ve seen a few of our games, so it’s special knowing I’m the first spotlight from one of the Green Bay schools. Your paper is doing a good job.”
Tell me about your family.
“I have an eighth-grade brother named Connor, a seventh-grade sister named Addison and my parents both grew up in the Oconto Falls area.”
Do you come from a sports family?
“Connor plays football and baseball, Addison plays basketball, volleyball and soccer, my dad played quarterback at UW-Whitewater and my mom played basketball and volleyball.”
How about a high school sport you wish you would have done?
“Baseball – I grew up playing but didn’t continue it in high school.”
What’s it like playing for head basketball coach John Polkowski?
“It’s fun. Me and ‘Coach P’ have grown together. He took the job when I was in the seventh grade. I’ve been with him since my freshman year – we have a good trust with one another.”
Do you have a most memorable sports moment?
“My first career varsity game against Seymour my freshman year, I made the game-winning shot. Also, over last Christmas break at the Concordia Shootout, I had two nice games. The first I was 15-for-15 from the floor and scored 36 points. The next game, I broke D.J. Rhodes’ scoring record at Southwest on my first basket of the game. We won both games, so it was a pretty special two days.”
What is something about you most people wouldn’t know?
“I have broken my collarbone three times – twice when I was little and once in the eighth grade. My friend and I were doing the sumo wrestling thing in costume at a Green Bay Bullfrogs game. He knocked me over and I couldn’t use my arm to catch myself. I fell straight on it and broke my collarbone again.”
What three words best describe you?
“Energetic, focused, relentless.”
Talk about a favorite family vacation.
“We’ve gone to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios a few times in Orlando, Florida.”
How will Will Pytleski be remembered at Southwest High School?
“Hopefully as someone who kids can look up to and say they want to be like. I think I have made a good impact on the younger kids.”
Dogs or cats?
Lie on the beach or ski down the slopes?
“Lie on the beach.”
Read the book or watch the movie?
“Watch the movie.”
Carpet or hardwood?
College basketball or the NBA?
Athlete: Milwaukee Bucks player Giannis Antetokounmpo
Phone app: Twitter
College mascot: The Oregon Duck