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Three-sport athletes are impressive to see and fun to watch. Lakeland senior Collin Quade did just that, with leadership and class along the way.
Collin Quade played three sports while at Lakeland — soccer, basketball and baseball. Growing up, he enjoyed competition and played youth sports as a kid.
“T-ball was the first thing I played, played that since I was young,” he said. “I played basketball when I was in fourth grade, and then when I was younger, I played football in middle school and soccer in eighth grade.”
In soccer this past season, Collin Quade was one of the key players to help the Thunderbirds to a 7-6-7 overall record, third best in the Great Northern Conference.
Playing primarily defense, Collin Quade did score two goals and four points total in conference. The fact that he scored a few goals says a lot about his soccer smarts.
“His intelligence of the game,” LUHS boys’ soccer coach Ihor Myshchyshyn said. “Which in his case translated in being at the right place at the right time, which in return gave him confidence to move up from defense into the attacking part of the field at the right time in the game and to have an understanding when to drop back into his position.”
That versatility proved itself when Collin Quade had one of his favorite memories of his soccer career this past season.
“My goal this year against Pines was to tie it,” he said. “I think (Myshchyshyn) put me at midfield so we went three defenders against four.”
Quade’s effort on the pitch led him to being named first team all-conference.
More recently on the basketball court, Collin Quade was one of the top scoring options on a team that finished 8-15 overall, 4-8 in a tightly, contested conference race.
This past season he averaged 11.7 points per game on 92 made field goals. He shot 73% from the foul line and was second on the team with 44 3-pointers and a 39% 3-point shooting percentage. He led the team with 73 assists and 35 steals.
“(His) confidence grew immensely during his three years at the varsity level,” LUHS boys’ basketball coach Rich Fortier said. “Very willing to take big shots. Underrated when it comes to taking his defender off the bounce. Could always count on him to do the right thing on and off the court.”
He proved to be a 3-point sniper, something he found out he was good at early on in his high school career.
“When I was in middle school and freshman year (of high school), I didn’t think of myself as that good of a shooter,” he said. “Sophomore year in practice all of a sudden I took some in the first couple games and they were going in. I kept getting better.”
One of his favorite memories from his time at Lakeland came when he looked up to some of the older guys on the basketball team a few years ago.
“I would say one of the main ones was sophomore year of basketball,” he said. “Gunner (Weitz) and Santana (Barnard) — it was really fun being around those guys and we had a nice run in the playoffs, so that was a fun season.”
One of the things Quade might not be able to do is play baseball with his dad this upcoming season. Randy Quade was set to start his first season has head coach of the Lakeland baseball team. A senior, this was Collin Quade’s only chance to play with his dad.
“It’s definitely a bummer, especially since it was my dad’s first year. That would be fun to play with him,” Quade said. “I would say it’s a bummer since we’ve been working our whole careers and don’t get to finish it. The guys next year will pick up where we left off.”
As he has gone through his senior season, Quade has been a leader and someone that his teammates could look up to, kind of like those basketball guys did for him a few years back.
“I think it’s nice for the team to have examples,” he said. “This year for soccer and basketball, it’s nice to have younger guys looking up to you. I remember when I was freshman and sophomore, I had seniors I could look up to.”
Moving onto college next year, he knows he will be staying active one way or another.
“I will definitely be playing intramural basketball,” he said.
Overall, the competition and fun is what has kept Quade going ever since he started playing as a little kid.
“The main thing is getting to be competitive and have these games mean something,” he said. “To achieve stuff with your teammates, being active and playing — I love playing sports, it’s just exciting.”