Athletes of the week: Alexa Franklin & Makail Stanley

Athletes of the week: Alexa Franklin & Makail Stanley

Alexa Franklin | Arthur Okaw Christian girls' basketball

Why she's Athlete of the Week: The junior starred for the Conquering Riders in a pair of games last week. She first finished a steal shy of a triple-double (25 points, 10 rebounds, nine steals) in a win against Judah Christian, then posted 20 points, five boards and five assists in a narrow loss to Mt. Pulaski.

From Franklin: "I really didn't know I was that close to a triple-double. They were playing a pretty good defense on me, a box and one. The first half was really tough — I only had six points. But my teammates and coaches were pretty encouraging and kept helping me through Judah's defense."

One movie I could watch over and over is ... an "Avengers" movie. I'm into video production, so I kind of analyze movies more than I enjoy them.

If I could choose one superpower, it would be ... super speed. It'd be nice to run super fast and get places faster.

The social media platform I use most is ... Facebook. When I post things, there are a lot of older people I have on there, and they like to comment. I stay in touch with some older relatives who are far away.

My biggest pet peeve is ... smacking when people eat.

My best basketball memory is ... when we played Mattoon (this season). That's when we fought the hardest. We went into double overtime, and it was great to see how our team did not give up.

My most embarrassing basketball memory is ... when I was in eighth grade, I got a defensive rebound and I shot it back into the wrong net.

Before a game ... my sister (Amanda) and I go and shoot some baskets, get a quick warmup in before the game.

After a game ... we probably talk with our teammates about how the game went, what we need to do in the future and try to encourage each other.

In five years, I see myself ... someplace where I can be a video editor.

Honorable mention: Capria Brown, Schlarman basketball; Ryty Dupont-Barlow, Clinton basketball; Hope Hambleton, Armstrong-Potomac basketball; Magan Harris, Watseka basketball; Aliya Holloman, Villa Grove/Heritage basketball; Lara Marinov, Uni High basketball; Emily Meidel, Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin basketball; Kailyn Northrup, Mahomet-Seymour basketball; Lexie Russo, Tuscola basketball; Emily White, Sullivan basketball.

Makail Stanley | Argenta-Oreana wrestling

Why he's Athlete of the Week: The junior excelled in Prairie Central's Hawk Classic last weekend, capturing the 170-pound championship via five pinfall victories — including a pair occurring in less than two minutes — to run his season record to 26-1.

From Stanley: "I felt confident. The past two years, I've placed in that tournament. So I was hoping that I would place. Going 5-0 that day, I felt proud. I didn't know how well it was going to go. Just being able to do that was amazing."

I need tickets to see ... Tyler, the Creator or a Dallas Cowboys playoff game. My oldest brother showed me that artist, and I'm very fond of his work. The Cowboys are my favorite team. I grew up in Missouri and lived with Cowboys fans, so I adopted that team.

One movie I could watch over and over is ... "Red Tails." I watched it for my 10th birthday and I fell in love with it.

If I could choose one superpower, it would be ... as an athlete, probably super strength or speed. But in my own reality, I would love to be Spiderman.

The social media platform I use most is ... Instagram. I just like to scroll through and look at stuff.

My biggest pet peeve is ... when I have a sporting event about to go on, and that day someone asks me, "Are you going to win? Are you going to beat them?"

My favorite wrestling memory is ... my freshman year, I didn't have money for a meal after a tournament, and my teammates all gathered up their change and I bought a whole meal off the change.

My most embarrassing wrestling memory is ... when I got my eye poked during a match, I couldn't see out of it and I still had to wrestle the match. I was angry, but there were tears coming down my face. It looks like I'm crying.

Before a match, I ... get some headphones out and listen to music. I usually wrestle with some of my teammates, show them a few last-minute things.

After a match, I ... go condition. I run down the hallway to get some extra conditioning, so I get used to it. Then I down a Gatorade.

In five years, I see myself ... hopefully in college. It just depends on how my sports go. Possibly continuing my sports in college.

Honorable mention: Blake Castonguay, Watseka basketball; Ethan Chow, Urbana swimming and diving; Ezra Elliott, Hoopeston Area wrestling; Trevan Garrett, Oakwood basketball; Gage Granadino, Mahomet-Seymour wrestling; J.D. Sexton, St. Thomas More wrestling; Christian Stadeli, Cissna Park basketball; Deniz Taskan, Centennial swimming and diving; A.J. Wagner, St. Joseph-Ogden wrestling; Ryan Wierschem, Champaign Central swimming and diving.

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