Athletes of the Week: Lukusa and Gross

Athletes of the Week: Lukusa and Gross

Jonathan Lukusa, Urbana, senior, Soccer
Recently: Native of Congo scored the first goal in the sectional semifinal and the only goal in the championship match as the Tigers won their first sectional title since 2005.
In his own words: “It’s a really big thing, winning (sectional) for the first time in my four years.”
I’m driving ... my mom’s car.
I’m always texting ... my friends.
I need concert tickets to ... Chris Brown and Maybach Music.
Next year ... I plan on going to Europe to try out for professional teams. If that doesn’t work out I’ll come back and go to college
My favorite athlete ... Cristiano Ronaldo
My first job ... Soccer referee
Romney or Obama? ... Obama
Urbana High ... is everything to me.
Honorable mention: Jon Davis, Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac cross-country; Patrick Ganley, Bismarck-Henning football; Darian Gingold, Urbana soccer; Tristan Gurtler, Urbana Uni High soccer; Randall Hornbaker, Urbana Uni High soccer; Jacob Hughes, Salt Fork football; Sean Kelley, St. Thomas More cross-country; Johnny Leverenz, Danville cross-country; Joseph Lund, Urbana soccer; Eric Ponder, Tuscola cross-country; Arch Robison, Urbana Uni High cross-country; Ethan Russell, Mahomet-Seymour cross-country; Freddie Stavins, Urbana Uni High soccer; Austin Woodard, Unity cross-country

Laura Gross, Schlarman, sophomore, Volleyball
Recently: Middle hitter and setter led the way with 16 assists and 12 kills as the Hilltoppers won the regional title.
In her own words: “We’ve been successful, so that’s been fun. Communication has been key.”
I’m driving ... I’m 15, but when I get my license in like a month I’m going to drive my family’s old Suburban, which is exciting.
I’m always texting ... my friend Brandon.
I’m dying to see ... “Pitch Perfect.”
I need concert tickets to ... Colbie Caillat.
My first job was ... My dad owns Gross’ Burgers in Danville. I run the cash register.
In five years ... I’m playing college volleyball.
Romney or Obama? ... Romney
My favorite Halloween costume was ... One time I was a blind ref.
Schlarman is ... like a home.
Honorable mention: Ella Black, Schlarman volleyball; Jia Curry-Bild, Urbana Uni High swimming; Emily Bowman, Danville swimming; Marissa Burleson, Danville swimming; Mercedes Elliott, Danville cross-country; Chelsea Flessner, Centennial swimming; Abby Gawthorp, St. Joseph-Ogden cross-country; Margaret Goldsmith, Champaign Central swimming; Sophie Herr, Champaign Central swimming; Kara Johnson, Centennial volleyball; Regan Kelley, St. Thomas More cross-country; Taylor Renfroe, Unity cross-country; Audrey Rodawig, Centennial swimming; Madison Tutich, Monticello cross-country

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