Pancakes or Waffles? Colby Student-Athlete River Halopka: “Score More Points Than the Other Guy”

Colby (OnFocus) – Colby Student-Athlete River Halopka concluded an outstanding career as a high school wrestler this season, earning his second trip to state. The Abbotsford-Colby senior wrestler picked up his 100th win this season, and has shared his most memorable moment as a student athlete is competing at state.

We take an inside look at Halopka with the world famous interview, ‘Pancakes or Waffles?’ to see what makes Halopka ‘tick.’

OnFocus: What Classes are you taking this year?  

Halopka:  Lifetime math, lifetime sports, senior capstone.

OnFocus: What is your favorite class? 

Halopka: Lifetime sports.

OnFocus: Words of wisdom for other student athletes and wrestlers?  

Halopka: Score more points than the other guy. 

OnFocus: What are your hobbies? 

Halopka: Hunting and fishing.

OnFocus: Who is/was your favorite teacher? 

Halopka: Ms. Healy. 

OnFocus: What is the most unusual food you have eaten? 

Halopka: Squid.

OnFocus: What is your favorite music? 

Halopka: Country.

OnFocus: What are your plans for after High School?  

Halopka: Become an electrician.

OnFocus: If they were to make a movie about you and your life, what would it be called?

Halopka: Stream.

OnFocus: What other sports have you played?

Halopka: Played football, baseball and ran cross country 

OnFocus: Which teammate would you not want to be stranded on an island with?

Halopka: Tanner Halopka. 

OnFocus: Most memorable moment as a student athlete? 

Halopka: High School State Wrestling Tournament. 

OnFocus: Who is your favorite athlete?  

Halopka: Randall Cobb.

OnFocus: What do you enjoy the most about home dual meets and dual meet/tournaments?   

Halopka: Being able to wrestle and compete.

OnFocus: Best part of being a student athlete?   

Halopka: You’re always busy. 

OnFocus: Words of wisdom for other student athletes and wrestlers?  

Halopka: Score more points than the other guy. 

OnFocus: Pancakes or waffles?   

Halopka: Chocolate Chip Pancakes.

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David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]