Athletes of the week: Felicity Tuan & Payton Taylor

Athletes of the week: Felicity Tuan & Payton Taylor

Athletes of the Week ...... and their friends. This school year, we're giving our weekly honorees a chance to show off their teammates.

Felicity Tuan | Judah Christian girls' soccer

Why she's Athlete of the Week: The sophomore center-midfielder has been an assist machine during the Tribe's ongoing stretch of 11 consecutive matches without a loss. After piling up two helpers, along with a goal, versus Meridian, Tuan followed with two assists in a victory against Springfield Lanphier and one apiece in bouts with Olympia and Peoria Christian.

From Tuan: "I don't know how to feel (about my success), really. I feel like it's just our team working together really well, and the coaches have done a really good job bringing us together."

I need tickets to see ... a Chicago Cubs game. I just really like the team, and I also really like Kris Bryant.

One movie I could watch over and over again is ... "High School Musical," or any Disney Channel movie that's really old. They remind me of my childhood.

If I could choose one superpower, it would be ... to be invisible, so I can hide from people.

The social media platforms I use most are ... Instagram and Snapchat. A lot of my friends use them, so I can connect with them more.

My biggest pet peeve is ... when people are very prideful.

My favorite soccer memory is ... last year, we played against Danville and were down 1-0 at halftime. We came back really strong and only had about 12 players. I scored a goal tying the game, and later Katie (Limentato) shot the game-winning goal.

My most embarrassing soccer memory is ... usually when I celebrate a goal it's pretty embarrassing, and when I fall, I fall badly.

Before a match, I ... get Dunkin' Donuts — maybe an iced coffee and a donut.

After a match, I ... fall asleep in the car or listen to music. Recently, I've been listening to a lot of throwback music.

In five years, I see myself ... in college maybe studying something to do with math. I really like Belmont or the University of Kentucky.

Honorable mention: Sophia Ashby, Georgetown-Ridge Farm softball; Natalie Bates, Tuscola softball; Skylar Frye, Monticello softball; Taylor Henry, Unity softball; Abby Leibach, St. Thomas More soccer; Jayna Leman, Prairie Central softball; Julia McNaught, Mahomet-Seymour softball; Emelia Ness, Monticello track and field; Hallee Thomas, Danville track and field; Annabel Thorstenson, Centennial track and field.

Payton Taylor | Salt Fork baseball

Why he's Athlete of the Week: While simultaneously serving the Storm track and field team in throwing events, the junior thrived on the diamond. Taylor scored three runs and stole two bases in a win over Schlarman and provided four RBI in a triumph versus another Vermilion Valley Conference foe in Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin.

From Taylor: "My hitting approach ... at the beginning of the season, I was letting the first-pitch fastballs go by, and lately I've been trying to attack early in the count. ... Everyone is getting along well and doing well, and as long as we're doing things together we'll be good."

I need tickets to see ... a Cardinals-Phillies game. I'm a Cardinals fan, and I want to see Bryce Harper play.

One movie I could watch over and over again is ... "When the Game Stands Tall." It reminds me of football and always gets me in a football mood.

If I could choose one superpower, it would be ... super strength. I feel like strength is the most important thing.

The social media platform I use most is ... Twitter. It's the only social media I have.

My biggest pet peeve is ... when people are late.

My favorite baseball memory is ... in Little League, when I went 3 for 3 with three home runs at age 11.

My most embarrassing baseball memory is ... in tee-ball, I peed my pants on second base.

Before a game, I ... talk to my teammates and get everyone's mind right.

After a game, I ... talk to my grandparents.

In five years, I see himself ... finishing up college, and I'm going to be playing a sport, but I haven't decided which sport yet.

Honorable mention: Jeremie Bokata, Urbana track and field; Crayton Burnett, St. Joseph-Ogden baseball; Chris Cowser, Centennial baseball; Nick Gunn, Champaign Central tennis; Aaron Jayne, Blue Ridge baseball; Rusty Kuhlmann, Watseka track and field; Josh Nuss, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley baseball; Logan Petersen, LeRoy baseball; C.J. Picazo, Tuscola track and field; Trey Totheroh, Milford baseball.

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