Matt Sandquist helped Wausau West win a state title during his freshman year. And recently, he led the Warriors to another Tietge Bonspiel Championship.
But nothing beats helping to build a curling center.
"As soon as Sept. 1st, as soon as school started, I was down here just about every day after school helping," Sandquist said.
From creating the ice to setting the rings, the Wausau West senior, along with his teammates, spent countless hours building the center.
"We would be down here until one in the morning sometimes, just making sure this ice field was perfect," Sandquist said. "It was a lot of lost hours of sleep during that."
Construction delays forced Sandquist to wait a month longer than expected to finally compete. But he remembers throwing his first rock on the new ice.
"It's like opening a present for the first time. You're curious just to see how it all works."
"He was very excited to get out on the ice because they spent such a long time working on this stuff," Wausau West coach Jim Wendling said. "He was really excited to just get out there and curl."
And the result, Sandquist says, is perfection.
"The floor here is laser level, it's perfect," Sandquist said. You don't have to worry about flooding more water on other spots, and then having uneven ice."
"We went from the worst curling club one of the worst in the nation to now I would say, hands down probably the best one of the best in the world."
"He wants to start something new and develop some new traditions here," Wendling said.
Traditions like winning, which is all Sandquist and the Warriors have done since the center opened. Matt Sandquist, your Newsline 9 Athlete of the Week.
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