Athletes of the Week: Menacher, Wallen

Athletes of the Week: Menacher, Wallen

Brendan Menacher
Monticello, senior, wrestling

Recently: Won all four matches (two with pins in less than a minute) and posted his 100th career win (in 137 matches) with an 8-3 championship-match decision against Grant Park’s Kevin McNally at 182 pounds in Argenta-Oreana’s Bomber Classic.

In his own words: “I felt good going into the championship match. I’ve been in championship matches before, so nerves weren’t a factor. I was more anxious. I wanted to get it (100th win) out of the way, and it was cooler that it was in the championship match and not the first or second round.”

I sent my last text to ... Corbin McCall.

I’m driving ... a 2002 Ford Focus.

I need tickets to ... the Super Bowl.

Toughest opponent I’ve gone against ... Dexter Fierro from Wilmington

My Super Bowl pick is ... the Denver Broncos.

Before a match, I’m listening to ... nothing.

After a match, I’m eating ... a granola bar and a sandwich.

My pet peeve is ... when people don’t listen.

In five years ... I hope to be graduating from college and going on to a nice job.

Monticello High is ... one with a good atmosphere. The teachers are nice, and Mr. (Tip) Reedy (principal) is a heck of a guy and supportive of the school.”

Honorable mention: Chase Connelly, Bismarck-Henning basketball; Austin Helmuth, Arthur Okaw Christian basketball; Nathan Jozsa, Argenta-Oreana wrestling; Dylan Knisley, Monticello wrestling; Josh Larson, Unity basketball; Grant Pointer, Fisher basketball; Christian Romine, Mahomet-Seymour basketball; Jesse Ruff, Atwood-Hammond basketball; Brent Schluter, St. Joseph-Ogden basketball; Avery Schrock, Arthur-Lovington basketball; Maclaine Stahl, Monticello basketball; Jordan Wolf, Villa Grove/Heritage basketball

Lexi Wallen
St. Thomas More, junior, basketball

Recently: Helped Sabers win a second consecutive championship in the State Farm Classic and earned a place on the six-player all-tournament team for the second year in a row.

In her own words: “It felt good getting the title again and beating a team (Bishop McNamara) we’d recently lost to. It’s hard to come back the second time. You can’t think you have it in the bag. You have to compete and be ready to fight.”

I sent my last text to ... my sister, Erica.  

I’m driving ... a Saturn Vue.

I need tickets to ... a Miami Heat game.

Toughest defender I’ve ever gone against ... My teammates at practice

My favorite professional team ... Miami Heat

Before a game, I’m listening to ... Justin Bieber.

After a game, I’m eating ... with the team at Billy Barooz.

My pet peeve is ... people who chew ice.

In five years ... Playing a sport in college and working toward getting a good job

St. Thomas More High is ... different than a lot of schools. It’s small, and we all know each other. We’re all close and friends.

Honorable mention: Payton Bieber, Clinton basketball; Taylor Edwards, Arcola basketball; Hanna Erwin, Arthur Okaw Christian basketball; Katlyn Gibson, Argenta-Oreana basketball; Alexis Hoskins, Danville basketball; Jori Maynard, Paxton-Buckley-Loda basketball; Tori McCoy, St. Thomas More basketball; Halle McCrory, Tuscola basketball; Kiara Moses, Urbana basketball; Maggie Plank, Sullivan basketball; Payton Stillman, Champaign Central basketball; Addie Voyles, Bismarck-Henning basketball

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