Athletes of the week: Shannon Spangler & Zach Rogers

Athletes of the week: Shannon Spangler & Zach Rogers

Shannon Spangler | Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley girls' golf

Why she's Athlete of the Week: The senior finished just two shots off medalist honors with a 76 in the Class 1A Mahomet-Seymour Regional as the Falcons landed third as a team. Spangler then qualified for state through the 1A Auburn Sectional, carding an 87 for the second-to-last individual slot.

From Spangler: "I'm definitely most happy with the regional because it was an awesome score and I'm so proud of that. But I really turned it around at the sectional in my second nine to bring it back down and advance to state. That means all three Spangler sisters (Emily and Katie before Shannon) qualified for state."

I need tickets to see ... Lady Gaga. She absolutely inspires me with her music and how she changes her style to fit what she needs to be.

One movie I could watch over and over is ... because it's Halloween month, definitely "Hocus Pocus."

If I could choose one superpower, it would be ... some sort of teleportation. I could be everywhere and anywhere all the time.

The social media platform I use most is ... Instagram. I use it for a lot of keeping in touch with celebrities.

My biggest pet peeve is ... people that don't print out all the letters in words.

My best golf memory is ... this past night (after the sectional), when all the girls were sitting on the bus giggling and talking and having a great time even though I'm the only one going on to state.

My most embarrassing golf memory is ... during our qualifiers for varsity earlier this year, I didn't see there was an animal hole on the ground and completely wiped out.

Before a tournament, I ... listen to Lady Gag full-blast on my headphones.

After a tournament, I ... give my No. 2 Megan Moody a great big hug, then we all rant and giggle about how the round went.

In five years, I see myself ... with a degree in vocal performance and music education and starting my life. Right now, the idea is going to DePaul.

Honorable mention: Liara Aber, Champaign Central swimming and diving; Addie Archer, Centennial golf; Cassidy Bagby, St. Joseph-Ogden cross-country; Anna Duden, Armstrong-Potomac golf; Lyla Kauffman, Arthur Okaw Christian volleyball; Rachel Koon, Monticello cross-country; Hannah Lunger, Chrisman volleyball; Emma Towne, Danville tennis; Allison Tucker, Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin golf; Erica Walder, Cissna Park volleyball.

Zach Rogers | Bement boys' golf

Why he's Athlete of the Week: The sophomore represented his two-person team — joined by brother Luke — quite well in postseason action. Zach advanced through the Class 1A Windsor Regional with an 80, then fared even better at the 1A Schlarman Sectional by posting a 77 for his first-ever state berth.

From Rogers: "It's pretty cool (to advance to state). I knew it probably wasn't going to be a super hard task, but I knew it was going to take some time to practice. I practiced a lot during the summer, so that's what I've strived for."

I need tickets to see ... The Masters. I'd love to go down there and watch the players play that course and enjoy how peaceful that is.

One movie I could watch over and over is ... "The Greatest Game Ever Played." It's a golf movie, and it just shows that if you want it bad enough, you can do whatever you want.

If I could choose one superpower, it would be ... the ability to fly. I could go anywhere.

The social media platform I use most is ... Snapchat. I use Twitter a lot, too, but more people my age are on Snapchat, and I talk to them on there.

My biggest pet peeve is ... when people cough or sneeze into their hands or out in the open.

My best golf memory is ... playing with my dad — my dad is a really good golfer — I almost beat him in nine holes. He had to birdie the last hole to edge me by one stroke at Red Tail.

My most embarrassing golf memory is ... I made it to state my eighth-grade year. On the last hole, there were probably 150 people behind the 18th green, and I hit a perfect tee shot. Then I chunked one shot down the hill and chunked another into the water and made a 7 in front of everybody.

Before a tournament, I ... like listening to music to set my mood and mindset. I like rap music.

After a tournament, I ... think about what I could've done better.

In five years, I see myself ... somewhere playing Division I college golf. I'd like to go to Michigan or Georgia.

Honorable mention: Jalen Booker, Champaign Central football; Josh Candler, Judah Christian football; Tanner Diorio, Fisher football; Noah Eyman, St. Thomas More golf; Thomas Green, Centennial golf; Payton Grimsley, St. Joseph-Ogden golf; DJ Nelson, Uni High golf; Luke Stringer, Monticello golf; Trey VanWinkle, Rantoul/Paxton-Buckley-Loda golf; Cameron Woodard, Unity cross-country.