AOTW: Danville's Lewis, Tuscola's Ponder

AOTW: Danville's Lewis, Tuscola's Ponder

Athletes of the Week

Rachael Lewis
Danville, Tennis,

Recently: Won No. 1 singles and was part of No. 1 doubles team, with Taylor Ellis, that captured Big 12 titles, leading the Vikings to team honors for the fourth consecutive year.
In her own words: “I think I’m a little spoiled because of the team I have. This group of girls is just phenomenal.”
I sent my last text to ... Michael
I need tickets to ... Mumford & Sons
Serena or Venus? Venus
My first job was ... I have yet to have a job. My parents keep telling me my job is keeping straight A’s and playing tennis
Next year ... I’m going to Butler University
For Halloween, I’m going as ... Catwoman
Pro-grunt or anti-grunt? Anti-grunt. The men don’t grunt — I don’t see why the women do.
Before a match, I listen to ... my team singing on the bus
My fastest serve ... is 77 mph
Danville High is ... amazing. I love every second of it
Honorable mention: Dominique Allen, Urbana diving; Anita Bera, Centennial swimming; Evelyn Brand, Monticello golf; Jia Curry-Bild, Urbana Uni High swimming; Heidi Dague, Tri-County volleyball; Jessica Davis, Arthur-Lovington volleyball; Caroline Dodds, St. Thomas More golf; Taylor Ellis, Danville tennis; Preslie Fletcher, Oakwood diving; Courtney LaFoe, Salt Fork golf; Lauren Moses, Shiloh volleyball; Bella Ritz, Champaign Central golf; Katie Sullivan, Centennial golf; Emily Trolia, Mahomet-Seymour golf

Eric Ponder
Tuscola, Cross-country

Recently: Was the individual winner in the Cumberland Invitational, covering the 3-mile course in 15 minutes, 14.50 seconds, a 45-second margin over the runner-up.
In his own words: “I want to finish in the Top 5 at state and and I want to be conference champion (on Thursday).”
I’m driving ... my dad’s truck
I sent my last text to ... my girlfriend, Ceci Rexroad
Before a race I listen to ... country
If I weren’t running, my dream meal would be ... a 12-pound burger
Longest I’ve run ... 6 miles
The Cardinals are going to ... win the World Series
I need tickets to see ... Florida Georgia Line
I’m dying to see ... the new “Fast and the Furious”
Tuscola High is ... fun
Honorable mention: Andy Bott, Bismarck-Henning golf; Clark Fink, Iroquois West golf; Dalton Hilligoss, Westville football; Mitchell Hockman, Mahomet-Seymour golf; Christian Khachaturian, Centennial golf; Gesi Muharremi, Urbana soccer; Jackson Powell, Mahomet-Seymour cross-country; Matthew Prather, Mahomet-Seymour soccer; Toby Rivera, Champaign Central football; Devyn Roesch, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley golf; Tyler Schuring, Arthur-Lovington football; Chris Tate, St. Thomas More golf; Tyler Vodacek, St. Thomas More golf; Taylor White, Unity football