- The Rhinelander Hodags compete near the top of the Great Northern Conference in many sports.
A big reason for that is senior Brandon Reinthaler, who plays quarterback for the football team, guard for the basketball team, and third base for the baseball team.
"I got started playing sports when actually my dad and brother, we used to have a big backyard, so we'd always go out there and play catch, whether it be football or baseball, and then we got into basketball too," Reinthaler says.
Even though he's a star athlete for three of Rhinelander High School's sports, Brandon says they're all just too different to pick a favorite. He says he enjoys the challenges that each one brings.
"It's kind of an even love for everything, just because they all provide their different advantages," Reinthaler says. "For football, it's such a great team sport. You can't have just one player doing everything. You have to have everyone working together. For basketball, it's just, there's so much excitement, especially with rowdy Rhinelander, and everything going on. And then baseball is just such a mental sport, and they all kind of combine to form the person I am, and I'm really enjoying everything."
Fans know Reinthaler's role in Rhinelander sports now, but Brandon wasn't always the guy calling the shots under center.
"I was actually a center all my life, and then just watching sports, and watching Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre, I just kind of fell in love with how they kind of control the game in that aspect," Reinthaler says.
He wasn't always on the hot corner, either.
"I was always kind of a shortstop in little league, and when I came to varsity baseball as a freshman, I was right field, which was a big step for me," Reinthaler says. "So I just kind of tried to develop myself, and then my sophomore year, I moved to third base."
And he got pretty good at it.
But high school might be the end of the big time sports for Brandon.
He'll be heading to UW-Madison, where he wants to shift focus to his studies.
"I'm actually interested in becoming something in the medical field," Reinthaler says. "I'm thinking of either majoring in pre-med or something along those lines, and hopefully become a nurse anesthetist or an anesthesiologist when the time comes."
But Brandon won't forget where he came from.
"I'm definitely going to try to compete in some intramural sports in college and do all that stuff as well, but nothing can beat the competition aspect of high school sports," Reinthaler says.
Brandon hopes those high school experiences help him moving forward.
So take in a baseball game or two this spring, because you won't see the same face wearing the number 10 next year.