Athletes of the Week: Roman Mineyev & Cayla Risinger

Athletes of the Week: Roman Mineyev & Cayla Risinger

Roman Mineyev | Urbana boys' soccer

Why he's Athlete of the Week: The senior was a key contributor for the Tigers as they posted a 2-1 ledger in the Urbana Tournament. Mineyev potted a pair of goals in a 7-1 victory over Beecher, posted the lone regulation goal in an eventual penalty-kicks loss to Mahomet-Seymour and added a tally in a 5-1 win against St. Thomas More.

From Mineyev: "I felt good about myself. I also felt good about the team. There was uncertainty about how we would develop depending on a new coach, but we're adapting really quickly."

A sporting event I need tickets to see is ... Tuesday's soccer match between Urbana and Uni High.

One movie I could watch over and over is ... "21 Jump Street." I don't really watch that many movies, but I've seen that one a few times.

If I could choose one superpower, it would be ... reading people's minds. I feel like that would help with deciding different kinds of stuff.

The social media platform I use most is ... Snapchat. I use it to text people because it's convenient. You can send pictures and videos quickly.

My biggest pet peeve is ... I'm not sure if I really have one.

My favorite soccer memory is ... I don't know if it's the best, but back in sophomore year, I scored a goal for JV in the last minute. It was really exciting.

My most embarrassing soccer memory is ... the ref didn't count that goal.

Before a match, I ... try to get ready mentally and physically so I can get focused for the game, so I can do my best possible.

After a match, I ... am usually tired, so I drink water and try to sleep.

In five years, I see myself ... done with college and going for some sort of computer-related job.

Honorable mention: Dwight Colvin, St. Joseph-Ogden football; Brendan Flannell, Blue Ridge soccer; Martin Francisco, Rantoul soccer; Michael French, Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin soccer; Logan Hoshauer, Oakwood golf; Nick Pinter, Westville golf; Kevin Sanchez, Danville soccer; Dallas Sisk, Arcola/Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond golf; Jordan Veldman, Mahomet-Seymour football; Tyler Wilson, Fisher football.

Cayla Risinger | Centennial girls' tennis

Why she's Athlete of the Week: The junior was dominant in the Chargers' victories over Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley and Urbana. Risinger earned a straight-sets win at No. 3 singles and teamed with Justice Hardin for a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 1 doubles versus the Falcons. Then, Risinger added triumphs in the same roles against the Tigers.

From Risinger: "I was kind of in a groove. Me and a couple of my friends worked a lot over the offseason. We had some private lessons that helped us get a lot better in the offseason. We came in being ready instead of having to work up to it again."

A sporting event I need tickets to see is ... a football game.

Movies I could watch over and over are ... "The Emperor's New Groove" and "The Princess Bride." My family owns both, and I really enjoy them.

If I could choose one superpower, it would be ... the ability to understand and speak any language. I just like being able to talk to people, and languages have always interested me.

The social media platform I use most is ... texting. I don't really go on social media.

My biggest pet peeve is ... when people won't actually listen to an argument.

My best tennis memory is ... anytime my partner and I come back from losing and win. That makes me really happy.

My most embarrassing tennis memory is ... anytime I miss really easy shots, especially overheads.

Before a match, I ... go through warmups and stretches, hit with my partner and talk.

After a match, I ... usually talk with my partner, relax a little bit and eat some food — chicken fajitas.

In five years ... I don't know where I see myself. I don't want to play tennis in college. I feel like that would be too difficult. Maybe I'll be in some kind of engineering major.

Honorable mention: Reed Broaders, Uni High swimming and diving; Emory Ericksen, St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball; Lizzie Gile, Centennial swimming and diving; Olivia Gunn, Champaign Central tennis; Aliya Holloman, Heritage volleyball; Audri Hyde, Danville volleyball; Camilyn Newbanks, Argenta-Oreana volleyball; Taylor Powell, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond volleyball; Elizabeth Sims, Mahomet-Seymour cross-country; Delaney Woodbury, Clinton volleyball.