Athletes of the Week

Ryan Root

Centennial senior

Cross-Country

Recent accomplishments: Root was the Big 12 runner-up and cut 23 seconds off his previous best 3-mile time of the season.

Quote: "I wasn't feeling my best last week, and it showed at the end of the race when I tried to kick it at the end."

My most memorable moment in athletics is ... running from behind on Saturday.

Dream job ... Pathologist

Dream date ... Amy Smart

If I were not competing, I would be ... lazy and play Xbox.

If I could compete at any venue, it would be ... somewhere cold and wet.

My favorite athletic team is ... the Red Sox.

When I am president, I will ... not be socialist.

When I am wealthy, I would like to ... create my own cross-country course.

The biggest phobia I have is ... wild canines.

Honorable mention: Ryan Anderson, Salt Fork golf; Jacob Bidner, Monticello soccer; Connor Caple, Paxton-Buckley-Loda football; Reed Collins, Bismarck-Henning football; Jordan Danzl, Salt Fork golf; Jerardo Guerrero, Schlarman soccer; Lance Hubbard, Salt Fork football; Nick Huisinga, Monticello golf; Austin Hunt, Centennial golf; David Keenan, Salt Fork golf; Nathaniel Khachaturian, St. Thomas More golf; Steve Schroeder, Monticello cross-country; Seth Trolia, Mahomet-Seymour golf

Kelsey Stagen

Paxton-Buckley-Loda senior

Volleyball

Recent accomplishments: PBL volleyball was 3-0 last week. Had 14 assists and six aces against Clifton Central, 15 assists and 14 digs vs. Schlarman, and 11 digs and nine assists against CPCI.

Quote: "We started out slow, not playing up to our capabilities, but are peaking at the right time."

In a word, I am ... understanding.

If I could go anywhere, it would be ... Paris.

For one day, I would like to trade places with ... my sister Bethany.

My favorite movie is ... "The Holiday."

Dream job ... Pediatrician

Dream date ... Kendall Cox

People don't know that I ... am obsessed with comfortable blankets.

When I am wealthy, I would like to ... start my own orphanage.

My guilty pleasure is ... "Grey's Anatomy."

My role model is ... my family.

Honorable mention: Maddie Baillon, St. Thomas More tennis; Claire Dabrowski, St. Thomas More golf; Megan Deedrich, St. Thomas More golf; Lizzy Dombroski, Centennial golf; Melissa Fuesting, Danville tennis; Stefanie Gaitros, Cerro Gordo volleyball; Nelli Golmeeva, Champaign Central tennis; Molly Marcum, LeRoy golf; Katarina Marjanovic, Urbana tennis; Emma Peck, Danville tennis; Kathleen Rowland, Champaign Central tennis; Autumn Rush, Bismarck-Henning volleyball; Emily Spangler, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley golf

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