Athletes of the Week: Cowan and Hanselman
Kayla Cowan, Paxton-Buckley-Loda, volleyball, Senior
Recently: Setter directed the Panthers to wins against three of the area’s top teams — Schlarman, Watseka and SJ-O — in a four-day span. The latter two wins clinched the regular season SVC title. She also broke her own single-match school record of 30 assists with 35 against Rantoul.
In her own words: “It was awesome, I knew we could do it. When we play our game, we can be really good.”
I’m driving ... an ‘04 Dodge Intrepid.
I’m dying to see ... “Sinister.”
I need concert tickets to ... Simple Plan.
I’m always texting ... my dad, Woody.
Next year ... I hope to play volleyball in college.
My first job ... Does babysitting count?
My favorite gym ... I like the sand courts more than the gyms.
PBL is ... awesome. I love everybody here. Everyone’s so supportive.
Honorable mention: Allison Hansen, Centennial tennis; Brooklyn Hildreth, Mahomet-Seymour golf; Courtney LaFoe, Salt Fork golf; Rachael Lewis, Danville tennis; Rebecca Lewis, Danville tennis; Louisette Lukusa, St. Thomas More volleyball; Becca Maxwell, Unity volleyball; Mason Moore, Mahomet-Seymour, volleyball; Lauren Neitzel, Centennial tennis; Neha Patel, Danville tennis; Kaitlyn Redeker, Cissna Park volleyball; Amy Shah, Danville tennis; Lexi Wallen, St. Thomas More volleyball; Sirena Woo, Mahomet-Seymour volleyball
Andrew Hanselman, Monticello, cross-country, Senior
Recently: Dominated the Okaw Valley Conference meet, winning by 14 seconds (15 minutes, 44 seconds).
In his own words: “It was a good race. I would say I am peaking. That was the fastest time I’ve ever run at home, Healthwise, fitnesswise, I’m where I want to be at.”
I’m driving ... a Ford Explorer.
I’m dying to see ... I liked “Taken,” but “Taken 2” hasn’t got the greatest reviews. I still want to see it.
I’m always texting ... my good friends, buds I’ve known since grade school.
I need concert tickets to ... The Illumineers or Mumford & Sons.
Next year ... I’m applying to Michigan, Purdue and Illinois. They are my top choices.
In five years ... I’m going to major in computer engineering
Favorite prerace meal ... Some sort of pasta
Afterward ... A sandwich
Monticello High ... is an extraordinary location to find out who you are and what you can do
Honorable mention: Nick Berger, Judah Christian golf; Andy Bott, Bismarck-Henning golf; Luke Hanselman, Monticello soccer; Storm Joop, St. Thomas More football; Tarik Koric, Urbana Uni High soccer; Johnny Leverenz, Danville cross-country; Travys Nichols, Blue Ridge soccer; Kyle Roedl, St. Joseph-Ogden soccer; Forrest Smoes, Mahomet-Seymour cross-country; Christopher Tate, St. Thomas More golf; Riley Thompson, Champaign Central golf; Mikshadd Townsend, Urbana football; Cameron Westjohn, Tuscola golf; Patrick Wong, Urbana Uni High soccer