Athlete Q&A: Cale Haugen

The Esko sophomore hit a home run in his first varsity at-bat.

Esko sophomore Cale Haugen hit a home run and a double in his varsity debut for the Eskomos. (Jamey Malcomb /

NAME: Cale Haugen

AGE: 16

HEIGHT: 5 feet, 11 inches

YEAR: Sophomore

TEAM: Esko baseball


POSITION: Pitcher, infielder

This season's stats: In his varsity debut, Haugen went 2-for-3 with a home run and a double in a 15-3 win over Virginia on Thursday, April 15.

What college or professional athlete inspires you and why?

Ken Griffey Jr. He was one of the first lefty hitters I've ever watched. He's a hard worker, he's an outstanding athlete and he hits a lot of home runs.

What is one of your most memorable moments as an athlete?

Probably the Minnesota American Legion Junior State Tournament in 2019. Even though we got second place, I made lots of memories during that time. That's when I first became friends with most of my teammates. A bunch of the seniors this year, they were sophomores back then. They really took me under their wing and made me one of the guys.

What is your dream job and why?

I want to be involved in some type of sport, so a coach, trainer or maybe a film guy. I want to be around sports.


Describe your dream vacation:

I would probably go to Hawaii because it's always warm and relaxing and I can swim in the ocean. I would take a cruise from California to Hawaii and then stay in a beach villa or condo with a huge platform over the ocean so I could just jump in every morning.

Cale Haugen's favorites

Pro athlete: Ken Griffey Jr.

Pro team: Minnesota Twins

College team: Minnesota Golden Gophers and Iowa State Cyclones

Movie: "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"

TV Show: “Seinfeld"

Book: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling


Band/Musician: Taylor Swift

Pregame meal/snack: Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, with a banana, granola bar and water

Class/subject: History

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