Athletes of the Week: Michael and Hocking
Nate Michael, St. Joseph-Ogden, junior, Basketball
Recently: Scored 29 points in two games as the Spartans won their first sectional title since 2007.
In his words: “It’s been really, really fun. I couldn’t have asked to do it with a better group of guys. We’re like a family out there.”
I wear No. 23 because ... when I got a jersey my freshman year, that’s the one they had left. I decided to stick with it.
In a 1-on-1 game against your dad (former Illini Tom Michael) ... in a game to 21, it’d be 21-19 me. I think I’d try to take him outside and dribble-drive and hope he couldn’t stay with me.
I learned to shoot ... from my dad. We started at a young age. He made sure everything stayed normal, and I didn’t pick up bad habits.
My favorite shooter ... Reggie Miller
I’m always texting ... my friends.
I’m dying to see ... “21 and Over.”
I need concert tickets to ... Drake.
In my Final Four, I have ... Indiana, Michigan State, Syracuse and Duke.
St. Joseph-Ogden High is ... a great place to be.
Honorable mention: Dedric Byrd, Centennial basketball; Michael Finke, Centennial basketball; Cole Hasselbring, Cissna Park basketball; Ben Jennings, Cissna Park basketball; Johnny Leverenz, Danville track and field; Donald McKinley, Urbana basketball; Chase Patton, St. Joseph-Ogden basketball; Curtis Plank, Arthur basketball; Alex Rabe, Cissna Park basketball; Brent Schluter, St. Joseph-Ogden basketball; Cole Taylor, Salt Fork basketball; Luke Vaughn, Centennial track and field; Phillip Wright, Centennial basketball
Elise Hocking, Mahomet-Seymour, sophomore, Track & field
Recently: Won the high jump, the 55-meter hurdles and anchored the winning 1,600 relay in the Decatur Area Indoor Meet at Mount Zion.
In her words: “I want to get to state, finish in the top three. And I would love to break the school record in the hurdles.”
My favorite athlete ... is Lolo Jones.
My role model ... is (former Illini) Abe Jones, my personal coach.
In five years ... I want to be running track at LSU.
My favorite track ... is the (UI) Armory.
When are you winning the Illinois Marathon? I don’t like running that far.
I’m always texting ... Andy Livingston.
I’m dying to see ... the latest “Twilight” movie.
I need concert tickets to ... Justin Bieber.
Honorable mention: Emily Allhands, Watseka track and field; Lynette Buggs, Danville track and field; Nicole Choquette, Urbana track and field; Avona Greene, Centennial track and field; McKenzie Hagen, Watseka track and field; Alexus Jimson-Miller, Danville track and field; Rebecca Kaefring, Centennial track and field; Dominique Lewis, Centennial track and field; LaToyah Mason, Centennial track and field; Jessica Melchi, Mahomet-Seymour track and field; Twinkle Mehta, Mahomet-Seymour track and field; Abigail Nielsen, Mahomet-Seymour track and field; Lauren Whitehouse, Mahomet-Seymour track and field