Sam Conway graduated from Waseca High School in 2002 and was one of Waseca’s outstanding four sport athletes. While in high school Sam earned 12 varsity letters; one in football, two in cross country, three in basketball and six in tennis.
In football, as a senior, Sam played flanker and defensive back. He was a big part in the Jays winning a South Central Conference championship. They won their first six games and ended up 8-2 overall. In one game against Hill-Murray, Sam scored four touchdowns. Their season ended when they were defeated in the section finals just one win away from a trip to the state tourney.
As a junior in cross country, Sam made All-Conference and was voted the All-Area top male runner. Conway returned to cross country after a two-year absence and led the Jays in every race but one, when he had a sprained ankle.
In basketball, Sam helped lead his team to three consecutive South Central Conference championships, a section championship and a trip to the state tournament. He was a captain and a two-time all- conference player. Conway, a guard for the Jays was the leading three-point shooter with a whopping 49%. In the section tournament, in overtime, Sam made a dramatic three-pointer with two seconds left to advance the top-seeded Jays into the finals. Waseca beat Marshall in another over-time thriller to win the Section. Waseca beat Hill-Murray in the quarter-finals of the State Tourney and then lost the next two games to take fourth place.
Sam Conway rewrote the record book in tennis. He was varsity captain three years, received six varsity letters and was all-conference six years running. He was the South Central Conference Champion all six years and the team was SCC champions four years. Conway was Section Champion four times and his team took the section title once. Between his sophomore and junior year, Sam earned All-American honors by placing 11th at the National High School Coaches Association Open Tennis Championships held in Orlando, Florida. The event featured 22 top tennis players from across the United States. He split four matches at the tournament. Sam appeared in four state tennis tournaments. Senior Sam Conway ended six years of varsity tennis for the Waseca High School tennis team when he lost in the quarterfinals of the state tournament to the eventual champion. He had a 24-4 record his final season and averaged 20 wins a season for six years. His career record of 119-27 (82%) makes him the all-time win leader in Waseca boy’s tennis history.
Sam was involved in other WHS activities; choir, 2nd St Singers, FCA, Student Council, Homecoming court, DECA and class officer. Awards and Honors include; Exchange Club Student of the Month, National Honor Society (junior and senior year), Excel Award Winner, President’s Education Award and Student Athlete Academic Award.
Bruce Wessman wrote, "Sam is one of the finest athletes I have ever coached in my 34 years at WHS. Sam and Lisa Broughten are the two best tennis player I have ever coached." Lisa made the Hall of Fame in 2008. Sam joins his brother Jacob in the Hall.
Sam graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in communication studies and works for Bridgepoint as statistic analyst. Sam and his wife SueEllen reside in San Diego.