Athletes of the Week: Austin Biehl & Emelia Ness

Athletes of the Week: Austin Biehl & Emelia Ness

This school year, we're giving our weekly honorees a chance to show off their teammates.

Austin Biehl | Mahomet-Seymour baseball

Why he's Athlete of the Week: The senior had a breakout slate of games at the plate, displaying previously unseen power. Over the Bulldogs' past seven outings — all victories — Biehl knocked four home runs among 13 hits, scored 16 times and struck out just once.

From Biehl: "I was just seeing the ball well. It's really awesome because I'm not too much of a home run hitter. I'd only hit one in my high school career before this."

I need tickets to see ... a St. Louis Cardinals game against the Chicago Cubs, with the Cardinals winning. The Cardinals are my favorite baseball team.

One movie I could watch over and over is ... "The Avengers: Infinity War." I saw that recently, and it was a great movie.

If I could choose one superpower, it would be ... super strength, so I could hit the ball farther.

The social media platform I use most is ... Instagram. I like looking at the pictures people post and communicating with friends I haven't seen in a while.

My biggest pet peeve is ... when I'm eating and people blow their nose at the table.

My favorite baseball memory is ... last year when we won conference. That was our last year in the (Corn Belt Conference). It was pretty cool going out with a bang.

My most embarrassing baseball memory is ... I can't remember a specific moment, but I'm sure there was a time when the ball was hit to me and I totally missed it.

Before a game, I ... usually eat some food, hydrate and warm up to make sure everything is loose. Maybe I'll listen to some music to get my mind right.

After a game, I ... go say hi to my family and hang out with my friends.

In five years, I see myself ... being a baseball scout someday after I play baseball at Parkland College.

Honorable mention: George Atkins, St. Thomas More tennis; Troy Baird, Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman baseball; Ryan Drayer, Hoopeston Area baseball; Cade Elliott, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley baseball; Caleb Griffin, Danville baseball; Sam Li, Uni High tennis; Carter Oye, Champaign Central baseball; Caleb Poindexter, LeRoy baseball; Nate Reinhart, Unity baseball; Dalton Rogers, Sullivan baseball.

Emelia Ness | Monticello girls' track and field

Why she's Athlete of the Week: Ness was part of four Class 2A state qualifications as Monticello cruised to its fourth consecutive regional championship last Thursday. The sophomore captured the 100-meter hurdles crown and advanced in the 300 hurdles, 400 relay and 800 relay before winning the News-Gazette Honor Roll Meet's 100 hurdles race for good measure.

From Ness: "(Qualifying in four events) means a lot to me. It drives me more to get better every day. It's just a real honor to do this as an underclassman."

I need tickets to see ... Beyonce. That'd be awesome. I just love her music. I listen to it before I race.

One movie I could watch over and over is ... "The Incredibles." It's been my all-time favorite movie since I was a child.

If I could choose one superpower, it would be ... super speed. I'd pick that so I could win a lot of races, go to the Olympics and win gold.

The social media platform I use most is ... Snapchat, definitely. You can look at where people are and text on it, and it's a commonly used app.

My biggest pet peeve is ... people chewing with their mouth open.

My favorite track and field memory is ... when we made it to the state finals last year in the 4 by 4 (relay). We weren't supposed to make state in that, and placing in that was real special for us.

My most embarrassing track and field memory is ... my first time competing in hurdles, in seventh grade, I was supposed to place in it, but I clipped a hurdle and totally wiped out.

Before a meet, I ... have to eat everything I usually do and listen to the same music I usually do to get my mind straight. I do all my drills and tell myself, "I can do this. Let's go after it."

After a meet, I ... pray to God and say, "Thank you for letting me have this ability to run." Then I thank the officials for coming out, take the tent down and cool down.

In five years, I see myself ... hopefully in college and running track.

Honorable mention: Rachyl Anderson, Salt Fork track and field; Aiyana Austin, Westville softball; Makenzi Bielfeldt, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley softball; Jordyn Dillman, Armstrong-Potomac softball; Jessica Franklin, Mahomet-Seymour track and field; Shanice Garbutt, Danville track and field; Atleigh Hamilton, St. Joseph-Ogden track and field; Katelyn Lang, Tri-County track and field; Lucy Lux-Rulon, St. Thomas More track and field; Cassie Russo, Tuscola track and field.

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