Contributed to the Metro Wire
Portage Co. boasts several exports into professional sporting leagues. While this is not an exhaustive list, following are summaries of some recent athletes’ records from their most recent season (data as of Jan. 10, 2023):
Tyler Biadasz, NFL, graduate of Amherst High School: Third year starting center for the Dallas Cowboys. Listed as questionable for Dallas’ first-round playoff game vs Tampa Bay. Biadasz suffered a high right ankle sprain when he was rolled up in the week 16 game vs Tennessee. He did not play in the Cowboys’ last game vs Washington.
Ryan Ramczyk, NFL, graduate of SPASH: Questionable for Week 18’s game against the Panthers.
He drew a rest tag as well, so perhaps the hip injury isn’t too serious. With the Saints having little to play for, perhaps they’ll give Ramczyk a break. The star tackle will be worth monitoring inactives for on Sunday.
Cole Caufield, NHL, graduate of SPASH: 2nd (full season) year right winger for Montreal Canadians. Has played in 41 games this year, scoring 23 goals with 9 assists. His 23 goals tie him for 9th in the league. The Canadians are 16-22-3 on the season.
Sam Hauser, NBA, graduate of SPASH: 1st (Full season) with the Boston Celtics. The 6’7” small forward is averaging 6.0 points per game coming off the bench for the 29-10 first-place team. He has played in 41 games this season averaging 15 minutes per game
Jason Przkurat, SPASH graduate: Walleye Fishing Tour. Has two Angler of the Year titles and two National Walleye Tour Championship victories. In the off-season currently preparing for his 29th year on tour.
Jay Przkurat, SPASH Graduate. Bass Fishing Tour: The 2nd year pro is coming off a rookie campaign that saw him win the Bassmaster Rookie of the Year award and is also preparing for the 2023 tour.