AOTW: SJ-O's Ciota, Schlarman's Marion

AOTW: SJ-O's Ciota, Schlarman's Marion

Athletes of the Week

Orion Ciota
St. Joseph-Ogden, football

Recently: Rushed for 170 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Spartans shut out Monticello to reach the Class 3A quarterfinals.
In his own words: “Even though the score was what it was (35-0), that was probably the toughest game physically we’ve had. We played our best game of the year, but we hope there’s an even better one this week.”
I’m driving ... Chevy Cavalier
I need tickets to ... a Bears football game
Jay Cutler is ... a pretty good quarterback for the Bears
My favorite athlete is ... Usain Bolt
Before a game, I’m listening to ... Metallica
After a race, I’m eating ... spaghetti
Who gave you the hardest hit you’ve taken ... No. 5 from Monticello (Clay Becker) last week
In five years ... I hope to be a college track runner
I sent my last text to ... my mom
My first job ... in maintenance with a realty company
St. Joseph-Ogden is ... a great school for anybody to come to; it’s very friendly
Honorable mention: Cole Blickensderfer, Cerro Gordo/DeLand-Weldon/Bement football; Jon Davis, Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac cross-country; Jesse Galaway, Monticello cross-country; Nick Hess, St. Thomas More cross-country; Johnny Leverenz, Danville cross-country; Nick Poff, St. Joseph-Ogden cross-country; Eric Ponder, Tuscola cross-country; Arch Robison, Urbana Uni High cross-country; Andrew Walmer, Mahomet-Seymour cross-country; Dalton Walsh, St. Joseph-Ogden football; Andrew Warnes, Unity cross-country; Austin Woodard, Unity cross-country; Corey White, Champaign Central cross-country; James Williams, Mahomet-Seymour cross-country

Janelle Marion
Schlarman, volleyball

Recently: Had 21 kills, 14 digs and 12 assists in three matches as the Hilltoppers won a second consecutive sectional crown and broke the single-season school record for wins (31).
In her own words: “Coming back from being in the super-sectional last year, we felt we had a better chance with a stronger team, then having it slip away was an emotional roller-coaster. I’m glad to have been a part of the big things we’ve done.”
I sent my last text to ... my best friend Elizabeth thanking her for her support
I’m driving ... 1998 Jimmy
I need tickets to ... the next Bulls game
Favorite professional team ... the Bulls
My best sport is ... definitely volleyball
Before a match, I’m eating ... some kind of peanuts
Afterward ... sour bite gummy worms
In five years ... being a great coach in all sports
Next year ... Going to DACC or Parkland and hopefully playing volleyball or any sport I get an offer for.
Schlarman is ... classy
Honorable mention: Sierra Bell, Schlarman Academy volleyball; Jess Clarke, LeRoy/Tri-Valley cross-country; Ayla Dew, Centennial volleyball; Sisay Eisenmenger, Unity cross-country; Mercedes Elliott, Danville cross-country; Emily Foley, Monticello cross-country; Hannah Houska, Monticello cross-country; Annemarie Michael, Urbana Uni High cross-country; Abigail Nielsen, Mahomet-Seymour cross-country; Alyssa Pridemore, St. Joseph-Ogden cross-country; Taylor Renfroe, Unity cross-country; Laura Seiler, Unity cross-country; Lauren Whitehouse, Mahomet-Seymour cross-country; Hannah Wright, Champaign Central cross-country