Athletes of the Week

Jacob Bateson, Clinton senior, bass fishing

Recently: Bagged six fish accounting for 16.45 pounds to lead Clinton to a sectional title.

Quote: "I was ecstatic. I was not expecting first place. What was crazy is that I had fished for at least a month and not caught a thing. I guess I found the right bait and the right spot."

Favorite fishing hole ... That's a secret. I can't give it away.

How old were you when you caught your first fish? 3 years old

Fishing role model ... Skeet Reese. He's one of the big-time pros.

Favorite time to fish? I'm a morning person.

Favorite food ... Pizza

Not bass? I throw all my bass back.

Who are you texting? I don't text.

I need concert tickets to ... Shinedown.

With $1 million, I'd buy ... a nice big bass boat and a nice lake.

Who does better with the ladies at Clinton, football players or bass fishermen? Definitely the bass fishermen. Everybody's been talking about us this week.

Honorable mention: Tyler Bialeschki, Unity baseball; Josh Chandler, Salt Fork track and field; Dylan Hast, Centennial baseball; Guy Kirby, Fisher track and field; Theo McFarland, Champaign Central baseball; Brandon Noe, St. Thomas More track and field; Nicholas Oporto, Centennial tennis; Nathan Ross, Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman baseball; Jimmy Rutledge, Oakwood baseball; Steve Schroeder, Monticello track and field; Jovon Shaw, Danville track and field; Garrison Stenger, Arcola baseball; Ian Wells, Champaign Central track and field

Jordan Wheeler, Blue Ridge sophomore, softball

Recently: She was 5-0 during the week and hit three home runs, which gave her a career school record of nine home runs.

Quote: "I think we have been playing well lately. We have practiced hard, and it is paying off."

My favorite meal is ... orange chicken.

In a word, I am ... hyper.

My most memorable moment in athletics is ... hitting a grand slam in the sectional championship last year.

If I could compete at any venue, it would be ... Oklahoma City, the NCAA World Series site.

When I am wealthy, I would like to ... get a pink car.

The biggest phobia I have is ... the dark.

Summer plans ... Travel softball with Illinois Outlaws.

The best thing about my sport is ... the competition, diving, getting dirty and winning.

Favorite book ... "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," by Stephen Chbosky

The best athlete I have faced this season was ... Hannah Sanidas of Tri-Valley.

Honorable mention: Elyse Biesler, Monticello soccer; Taylor Brunner, Argenta-Oreana track and field; Destiny Carter, Danville track and field; Julie Cutright, Centennial softball; Clare Feely, Champaign Central softball; Kelsey Gass, Rantoul softball; Stephanie Gramlich, Monticello track and field; Eunjung Kim, Urbana Uni High soccer; Lauren Kirkpatrick, Westville softball; Lauren Krumwiede, Watseka softball; Melinda Mendoza, Urbana soccer; Frankie Shoaf, Bismarck-Henning softball; Alyssa Wood, Urbana track and field

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