Athletes of the Week: Caleb Aldridge & Emily Meidel


Athletes of the Week: Caleb Aldridge & Emily Meidel

Caleb Aldridge |  Judah Christian boys' soccer

Why he's Athlete of the Week: The junior midfielder, who lived in London for seven years and has the accent to prove it, boasted a massive offensive output in a 3-0 week for the Tribe. Aldridge potted a goal in a 2-0 win over Blue Ridge, tallied twice in a 5-3 comeback triumph versus Unity and racked up a marker and three assists in an 8-0 victory against Decatur Christian.

From Aldridge: "There was just a lot of space in the midfield, and I had a lot of time. It was a really good chance for us to get up in our record. All of us performed really well and tried our best to overcome the opposition."

I need tickets to see ... a Champions League final. I love the sport, and I've always wanted to go to one of those big games.

One movie I could watch over and over is ... "Les Miserables." I love the music in it. It's just a great movie all around.

If I could choose one superpower, it would be ... teleportation, so I could go wherever I wanted and visit exotic places all over the world.

The social media platform I use most is ... Snapchat. I have to keep my streaks going and stay connected with my friends.

My biggest pet peeve is ... I'm pretty easygoing. It'd have to be like someone just constantly tapping me or something like that.

My best soccer memory is ... being able to go to the national tournament with my club team this past summer, Central Illinois United. It was my first time in a large-scale tournament like that. It was a great experience to play against great teams at a high level of play.

My most embarrassing soccer memory is ... I was playing defense, and the ball passed over my head and in the box. It was in a tournament, and there were a lot of whistles going (in the crowd). I heard a whistle and thought one of the offensive players was offsides, so I picked up the ball in the box. Everyone was silent for a good 10 seconds, and finally it got called a penalty.

Before a match, I ... listen to music and also eat food.

After a match, I ... talk with people who came to the game and talk to my parents about what happened.

In five years, I see myself ... in college playing soccer. Hopefully in California.

Honorable mention: Diego Camarena, Iroquois West soccer; Hayden Cargo, Rantoul football; Cameron Douglass, Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin soccer; Payton Frederick, Hoopeston Area soccer; Ryder James, Paxton-Buckley-Loda cross-country; Mark Lukas, Schlarman golf; Michael Moreman, Danville cross-country; Wyatt Steidinger, Prairie Central football; Jared Trantina, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley football; Lucas Wood, Uni High soccer.

Emily Meidel | Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin volleyball

Why she's Athlete of the Week: The junior middle blocker was a stats machine as the Blue Devils snagged their first four victories of the season last week after an 0-4 start. Meidel potted nine kills, 10 digs, seven blocks and three aces in a win over Milford, tallied eight kills, 15 digs, two blocks and two aces in a triumph against Schlarman and contributed 34 kills, 32 digs, 12 blocks and five aces during BHRA's 2-2 showing at the 10-team Clinton Classic.

From Meidel: "We just really needed a win. We were kind of down on ourselves. I just wanted to bring back the energy, especially since I was out with an injury (sprained ankle the week prior). So I was ready to be back."

I need tickets to see ... the 2020 Summer Olympics. I've never been, and that'd be really cool. We always watch them on TV. I'd like to see sand volleyball the most.

One movie I could watch over and over is ... "The Greatest Showman." It never gets old, and I like to sing along with it.

If I could choose one superpower, it would be ... flying. It'd be cool to see everything from up high and get places faster.

The social media platform I use most is ... Instagram. I like to see what everyone's doing, especially over the summer.

My biggest pet peeve is ... when people chew loudly and smack their gums chewing gum.

My best volleyball memory is ... it's been a couple years since I've played with these girls (at BHRA), so I'm just excited to make more memories.

My most embarrassing volleyball memory is ... last year, I went up to block and landed on a teammate's foot. I rolled my ankle, but we were both fine.

Before a match, I ... usually eat with my team and just talk with them.

After a match, I ... eat again with my family. My family and I talk about the game, usually what went well and what didn't.

In five years, I see myself ... in college and studying elementary education.

Honorable mention: Caroline Bachert, Unity cross-country; Mira Chopra, Champaign Central volleyball; Addison Darush, Sullivan golf; Maddie Green, Tuscola volleyball; Hope Hambleton, Armstrong-Potomac volleyball; Maddie Hieser, Champaign Central swimming and diving; Kaylyn Johnston, Urbana volleyball; Savannah Matthews, Mahomet-Seymour volleyball; Ashley Mills, St. Thomas More tennis; Hannah Rajlich, St. Joseph-Ogden cross-country.