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Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight: Ryan Sweeney – Green Bay East boys’ basketball


Green Bay East’s Ryan Sweeney is a senior member of the boys’ basketball team. Press Times File Photo

By Murray Gleffe

Name: Ryan Sweeney

Nickname: Sweendog

School: Green Bay East

Sport: Boys’ basketball

Parents: Jim Sweeney and Kristine Klasen

Twitter: @Rysweeney123

Ryan Sweeney is a guard on the Green Bay East boys’ basketball team.

The Red Devils are currently 13-2 on the season, with Sweeney averaging more than 20 points per game.

East appears to be headed for its first winning season since the 2010-11 season.

What’s it like to be a senior leader?

“It’s special because we have a tight team, and I enjoy every second of it. Playing with my best friends every day is unbeatable.”

What’s your favorite March Madness moment?

“When Wisconsin beat undefeated Kentucky in the 2015 Final Four. It was an exciting moment for the state.”

Talk about City Stadium on the East campus.

“It’s historic. It’s a well-known tourist attraction and was played on by the Green Bay Packers.”

Favorite city to travel to?

“Boston because we have lots of family there.”

What’s something you learned in the past week?

“I learned about neurons in psychology.”

Talk about a volunteer experience.

“My parents and I used to volunteer in the Meals-On-Wheels program.”

If you could be somebody for a day, who would it be?

“Chris Mitchell from Notre Dame Academy. I want to know what it’s like to hit every 3-pointer taken.”

Who are your role models?

“I have lots, but the main ones are my dad and my AAU (Amateur Athletic Union basketball) coach Harry Boyce. They are inspirational people in my life.”

What’s one thing other teammates or coaches don’t know about you?

“I love ping pong. It’s my favorite sport to play besides basketball.”

What holiday do you prefer?

“Christmas because I get to spend time with family, and it’s in the middle of basketball season.”

What are your college aspirations?

“I want to play college basketball at a high level/competitive school.”

What’s your dream job?

“To become a physical therapist or anything related to that field.”

Do you like a high-scoring game or a defensive battle?

“A high-scoring game. It makes it more exciting for everyone.”

Which is easier, dribbling during a full-court press or making a tough shot with a hand in your face?

“Dribbling through a press is easier. Hitting a jumper with a hand in your face is an elite shot.”

Favorite summer activity in Green Bay?

“Go to a park on a nice day and play basketball with my friends.”

Talk about the Milwaukee Bucks winning the NBA title.

“It was a historic championship run. They trusted the process with Giannis (Antetokounmpo).”

What’s your favorite type of music?

“I’m not too picky. I’ll listen to anything that’s on.”

Talk about your middle school basketball background.

“Basketball was my favorite sport growing up, but it wasn’t until about the seventh or eighth grade where I started to take it seriously and work harder.”

What two words describe you?

“Reliable, passionate.”

If you could pick any basketball shoe, what would it be?

“The KD Trey 5s were one of my favorites and most comfortable shoes I’ve played in.”

Who’s your favorite college team?

“The Wisconsin Badgers were always my favorite team growing up.”

Scrambled eggs or toast?

“Butter on toast beats scrambled eggs.”

A 30-foot, 3-point basket or a nice assist to a teammate?

“A nice assist to a teammate. It’s satisfying knowing you got your teammate an easy look.”

Talk about the rivalry with Green Bay West and the silent auction.

“When you have about 100 years of history, it’s something special. I’m glad to be a part of such a long rivalry. The auction raising money makes everything better because it’s for a great cause.”

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