Athletes of the Week: Malone and Shah
J.J. Malone, Blue Ridge, Soccer, Senior
Recently: Scored five goals against Georgetown-Ridge Farm to break the area’s season record for goals and then added one more in a 1-1 tie against Fisher/GCMS. His career total of 159 (61 this year) has tied the all-time IHSA state record.
In his own words: "(The record) is a good feeling. But if we don't do well in regionals, that will overshadow it."
I'm always texting ... Kaitlyn Zelhart.
I'm dying to see ... "Paranormal Activity 3."
I need concert tickets to ... Brand New.
I'm driving ... my Ford Explorer.
My soccer hero is ... Lionel Messi.
J.J. stands for ... Jonathon James.
My first job was ... reffing youth soccer games.
My last bicycle kick ... was attempted in a Hoopeston tournament, but the goalie caught it.
In 10 years ... I'll hopefully be starting my career in business management.
Blue Ridge High School is ... awesome.
Honorable mention: Nick Builta, Blue Ridge soccer; Alex Furcich, Monticello cross-country; Jonathan Lukusa, Urbana soccer; Nigel Martindill, Schlarman soccer; Tyler Moews, Bismarck-Henning golf; Chase Patton, St. Joseph-Ogden football; Omar Rojas, Arcola football; Grey Schultz, Centennial golf; Jordan Sizemore, Fisher/GCMS soccer; Matthew Tate, St. Thomas More golf; Tim Turner, Champaign Central football; Cameron Westjohn, Tuscola golf; Dee Woods, Cerro Gordo/DeLand-Weldon football
Amy Shah, Danville, Sophomore, Tennis
Recently: Won No. 2 singles title and joined Megan Marble for first place at No. 2 doubles, leading the Vikings to a repeat Big 12 Conference championship
In her own words: "We work really hard in practice. Two hours every day."
I'm always texting ... I don't have a phone yet.
I'm dying to see ... "Real Steel."
I need concert tickets to ... I don't listen to American music.
I'm driving ... a bicycle. I'm 15.
My tennis hero is ... Roger Federer. He's such a great champion.
My first job was ... I've never worked.
In 10 years ... I'll be a doctor.
Danville High School is ... a great place for success.
Honorable mention: Abby Bergman, Bismarck-Henning volleyball; Nicole Choquette, Urbana cross-country; Karly Goodman, Arthur volleyball; Rachel Jones, Centennial volleyball; Claire Michael, Urbana Uni High swimming; Michelle Moyer, Monticello cross-country; Hannah Newman, Champaign Central swimming; Jordan Ogle, Danville volleyball; Neha Patel, Danville tennis; Christina Rummery, Judah Christian volleyball; Erika Sieberns, Armstrong-Potomac volleyball; Kyla Skinner, Tri-County volleyball; Dani Thomas, St. Thomas More tennis