Athletes of the Week: Grammer and Bauer
Dylan Grammer, Blue Ridge soccer
Why he was chosen: The Knights won four matches last week, and Grammer was a key player in that start to the season. He scored once against Iroquois West but had two goals against Uni High, Fisher and Salt Fork.
From Grammer: “A lot of it was the help from my team, getting me the ball up front and helping me to get my open opportunities. Other than that, just being able to have the speed to get up in front of the other defenders and getting those through balls from my teammates.”
I’m always texting … Savannah Molina.
I’d love to be driving … a Lamborghini.
I need an autograph from … Chris Paul.
Movie I’m dying to see … “Let’s Be Cops.”
I need concert tickets to … Kid Ink.
My first job was … detasseling.
I wear No. 25 because … it’s my birthday — Sept. 25.
I started playing soccer … around fourth grade just because all my friends played, so it was a fun thing for all of us to do together.
In five years … (I’ll be) graduating from college and having a successful job being able to support myself.
After a match … I come home, drink a Gatorade and then I like to eat cereal — Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
My pet peeve is … I’m going to have to say smoking.
Honorable mention: Keegan Brooks, Rantoul/PBL golf; Ty Brown, St. Joseph-Ogden football; Tyler Erhard, Judah Christian golf; Juan Garcia, Champaign Central soccer; Aaron Inda, Bismarck-Henning cross-country; Dalton James, Villa Grove/Heritage football; Onycai Lawson, Rantoul football; Jovany Martinez, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond soccer; Nino Miller, Bismarck-Henning soccer; Nate Nasers, Watseka football; Richard Peake, Monticello soccer; Sawyer Sprague, Argenta-Oreana cross-country; Dominic Stampley, Centennial football
Taylor Bauer, Watseka volleyball
Why she was chosen: The Warriors went 6-0 in the opening week of the season and won the Cissna Park tournament, and Bauer certainly contributed her share with 47 kills in the six matches — including 18 in two wins Saturday.
From Bauer: “It was exciting. We worked hard all summer, and it’s paying off with our 6-0 record right now. It was good that I could trust my back-row defense, and my setter Maddie (Pfingsten) was doing great getting balls out to me.”
I’m always texting … my friends Lexi Knake and Mariah Carroll.
I’d love to be driving … a Mustang.
I need an autograph from … Drake.
Movie I’m dying to see … I really want to see “If I Stay.”
I need concert tickets to … Drake.
My first job was … lining the fields at a softball field — like maintenance for them before games.
I wear No. 7 because … it was kind of just chosen for me my freshman year. I wanted a higher number, but we wear lower numbers in volleyball, and my coach told me no. She told me my option was the 7. It’s like a lucky number now.
I first started playing volleyball … I actually didn’t start until I was in about sixth grade. I didn’t even start out as a hitter. I wanted to be a setter, and then my coach had me hit the ball and was like, “You’re a hitter.”
In five years … I hope to be graduated from college and starting a family and getting a job as a teacher.
Before a match … I listen to “Flawless” by Beyoncé, and I drink Dr Pepper. As bad as that is, I’m always drinking it.
My pet peeve is … that you hustle for every ball. You don’t let it drop in front of you without any effort.
Honorable mention: Maddie Allen, Tuscola volleyball; Karlie Baker, St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball; Brea Cunningham, Unity volleyball; Jordan Deer, Fisher volleyball; Mia Hayasaki, Champaign Central golf; Emma Henderson, Tuscola cross-country; Laura Krasa, St. Thomas More cross-country; Molly Lawler, Cerro Gordo volleyball; Riley Martin, Hoopeston Area volleyball; Lauren Neitzel, Centennial tennis; Lexi Shoemaker, Watseka volleyball; Sarah Watts, Paxton-Buckley-Loda volleyball; Gabby Wessels, Cissna Park volleyball