Athletes of the Week
Joel Learnard, Salt Fork junior, basketball
Recent accomplishments: Helped Storm repeat as Vermilion County champion with 22 points in the title game and a 22-point performance in the semifinals.
Quote: "I think we have been playing well recently. A lot of guys are playing well."
In a word, I am ... kind.
For one day, I would like to trade places with ... Dwyane Wade.
My most memorable moment in athletics is ... winning state in eighth grade.
My favorite subject is ... U.S. history.
My favorite movie is ... "Billy Madison."
Dream job ... Physical therapist
People don't know that ... I had heart surgery when I was 8.
My guilty pleasure is ... cheesecake.
The biggest phobia I have is ... drowning.
Honorable mention: Colby Barham, Iroquois West basketball; Jacob Bender, Paxton-Buckley-Loda basketball; Reid Farchmin, Mahomet-Seymour basketball; Brad Forster, Buckley Christ Lutheran basketball; Brodie Gallagher, Atwood-Hammond basketball; Keith Harper, Georgetown-Ridge Farm basketball; Cody Hatcher, Villa Grove basketball; Jason Herzog, St. Thomas More basketball; Jake Lieb, Monticello wrestling; Jake Manning, Salt Fork basketball; Brede Parker, Watseka basketball; Joey Robinson, Danville basketball; Eric Steffen, LeRoy basketball
Kierra Robinson, Champaign Central senior, basketball
Recent accomplishments: Had 15 points Thursday as the Maroons upended Centennial. Had seven points Saturday as Central won by two at Danville.
Quote: "I feel that I have been real focused, and we are starting to realize how good we can be as a team."
In a word, I am ... talented.
My favorite singer is ... Tye Tribbett.
If I could go anywhere, it would be ... Haiti.
Dream job ... College basketball coach
Dream date ... Terrence Howard
If I were not competing, I would be ... boxing.
People don't know that I ... braid hair.
My guilty pleasure is ... brownies.
My role model is ... Jesus.
Honorable mention: Maddie Calcagno, Mahomet-Seymour basketball; Lisa Clarkson, St. Thomas More basketball; Aeriel Fender, Unity basketball; Jeni Free, Bismarck-Henning basketball; Mia Gilliam, Champaign Central basketball; Lacey Gleeson, Ridgeview basketball; Rachael Graham, St. Joseph-Ogden basketball; Holly Henry, Arcola basketball; Megan McCord, Salt Fork basketball; Whitley Pearson, Urbana basketball; Taylor Redeker, CPCI basketball; Lindsey Ross, Shiloh basketball; Paige Thevenin, Chrisman basketball