FEATURED ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Cade Winslow, Greencastle
Cade Winslow is a senior at Greencastle and participates in wrestling and football.
Banner Graphic: What have sports meant to you and what have you learned from them?
Cade Winslow: “Football and wrestling have defined who I am to this day. I have always said the only things I’m good at are blocking and wrestling. They mean the world to me, just being out there. The football field and the wrestling mat are the places I can prove that I’m more than just a jock. I can do something good and something great.”
BG: How are the two sports different?
CW: “Football is the best team game that you can play. It’s hard to get 11 people to do the exact same thing on every single play. In wrestling, I love that it’s all on me. If I lose or get pinned, I can’t look at my coach or my teammate. You have to have that mindset to go out there and win. You miss a lot of things in wrestling season. You have to miss basketball games, because you can’t be out late when you have to get up at 5 a.m. to drive two hours to a meet. You have your buddies calling you to go out and eat, and you can’t because you’re cutting weight.”
BG: What is tougher to do — play a football game or a full day at a wrestling tournament?
CW: “Physically, a football game. I walk off the field and my hands are bruised, they are just shaking because I got stepped on so much. In wrestling, you just feel drained. You’re tired, using every single muscle you have. You feel like you have nothing left in you.”
BG: What are your plans for after high school?
CW: “I have signed to play football at Franklin College. I am still picking between two fields of study — elementary education or going into business as an appraiser or selling real estate. I go teach three days a week with my teaching through Area 30, and I fell in love with teaching younger kids. I have also done second-graders, and that’s a lot of fun too. We have lot of fun coloring and learning the clock, and doing things like that.”
BG: Have any certain teachers helped you to get where you are?
CW: “Miss [Maggie] Walters [an English teacher] is one of the main ones. She was always on me about going to college, and every time I told her I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go or not she would hammer me to make me realize I needed to go. Also having coach [Nate] Bryan this year for both economics and APC, as well as football, was really helpful. He’s a Franklin alum and he told me a lot about it. It was a good fit for him, and when I took my visit there it was a good fit for me too.”
BG: Did you talk to [Franklin player and former teammate] Trey Scanland about what it’s like there?
CW: “We got together and had lunch when I went on my visit there. He said he really likes it. I met coach Bryan’s brother [Grant] and he loves it there too.”
BG: What kinds of things do you do in school that are not sports-related?
CW: “Not much really. I go teach for my Area 30 class, and I go to other sporting events when my schedule allows me to go. I like to dress up and get in the cheer block. I play with the ‘Champions Together” [special needs] kids in their games, and I hang out with them a lot. That’s always fun.”
BG: What kinds do you like to do outside of school?
CW: “I like to hang out with my friends, playing video games and going hunting and fishing. I’m pretty good at hunting, but not as good at fishing. I pretty much do muzzle-loader season when I hunt. It’s been hard to hunt with wrestling on Saturdays, but I’ve gotten a couple of bucks and a handful of does. I play Fortnite, Call of Duty, Battlefield, and all those kinds of video games. I love music. I listen to country, rap, rock, anything. I love movies. If you name a movie, I can probably quote it. I can watch the same movie over and over again. I have probably watched everything on Netflix. I watch ‘The Flash’ and ‘The Office” a lot.”
BG: What is your greatest fear?
CW: “Clowns. I don’t know, but something about them has always just scared me. Not just the scary kind. It’s all clowns. I don’t like Ronald McDonald, and I can’t go to McDonald’s because of him. If he’s there, I’ll leave.”
BG: What are your favorite and least favorite foods?
CW: “My favorite is cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. Just plain New York style, maybe with some caramel on it. My least favorite is anything pumpkin-related. I ate it once, and I thought it was the most disgusting thing in the world.”
BG: What is something you have never done before that you would like to do someday?
CW: “I’d like to travel to Europe and go to France, Spain, England and countries like that. It’s beautiful over there with the Gothic culture with the really old buildings over there. I just want to get viewpoint on life from a different aspect.”
BG: After college, have you thought about where you would like to live?
CW: “I would love to teach in Greencastle, if that’s what I wind up doing.”
BG: How has your overall Greencastle experience been?
CW: “When I came here as a freshman, my brother [Lane] was a senior and I hung out with all the juniors and seniors. It was one of the best times of my life. I felt really attached to the school, and I’ve always been involved and that really helps. This place is like a community, and that’s what’s great about small schools. Everyone is close here, and I can tell you who every single person is, what they do and probably where they live.”
BG: Are you going to miss it when you’re gone?
CW: “Yeah, I’ll miss it. A lot of my friends are younger kids, and I’ll miss them. I’ll miss the football program with coach [Mike] Meyer a lot. It’s really made an impact on my life. I’ll miss the wrestling team with coach [Shane] Thomas. Greencastle has let me be the person I want to be.”
BG: Will you be able to come back to the Friday night football games?
CW: “We will have practice in the afternoon on Fridays, and then we’re free to do what we want. We just have to be back by midnight.”