Athletes of the Week: Central's Litchfield and SJ-O's Upton

Athletes of the Week: Central's Litchfield and SJ-O's Upton

Athletes of the Week

Laura Litchfield
Champaign Central, senior

Recently: She had 13 points, nine rebounds, seven steals and five assists against MacArthur. In her previous game, she had 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting. In the first game of the Maroons’ three-game winning streak, she had her first career triple-double with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 11 steals.

In her words: “It’s been going great. We’ve been working hard in everything we do.”

I’m driving ... a 2010 Dodge Charger.

I’m always texting ... Corvon Butler.

I’m dying to see ... “Django Unchained.”

I need concert tickets to ... Lecrae or Trip Lee.

Next year ... Playing basketball at a four-year university

In five years ... Coaching or working at a TV station as a reporter

My first job was ... detasseling the summer going into seventh-grade year.

My favorite athletes ... Derrick Rose, Allyson Felix and Brittney Griner

Central High is ... an awesome, diverse place to be.

Honorable mention: Ashley Beals, St. Joseph-Ogden basketball; Shelby Blacker, Cerro Gordo/DeLand-Weldon/Bement basketball; Jamison Brandt, Blue Ridge basketball; Olivia Janssen, Buckley Christ Lutheran basketball; Jasmine Kyler, Centennial basketball; Kalyn Learnard, Salt Fork basketball; Kaitlyn Redeker, Cissna Park basketball; Karidia Shelby, Urbana basketball; Kaila Simpson, Urbana Uni High basketball; Shannon Steffen, LeRoy basketball; Courtney Wax, St. Thomas More basketball; Rachel Wells, First Baptist basketball; Morgan Wood, Shiloh basketball

Austin Upton
St. Joseph-Ogden, senior

Recently: Had two pins before winning the 170-pound championship match, 16-5, at Saturday’s Eastern Illinois Wrestling Classic. He’s 37-1 entering regionals.

In his words: “It’s been a good season, but I want it to be better. It won’t be the best season until I reach state and am standing on the medal stand.”

I’m driving ... a GMC truck.

I’m always texting ... my girlfriend, Alana.

I need concert tickets to ... Brad Paisley.

Next year ... I’ll be going to school to become a firefighter.

Who’s winning the Super Bowl? 49ers

My favorite pro wrestler is ... John Cena

I’ve benched ... 260.

My favorite athlete is ... Brian Urlacher.

St. Joseph-Ogden High is ... the best.

Honorable mention: Nick Bates, Tuscola basketball; Adam Beachy, Arthur Okaw Christian basketball; Brandon Bell, Champaign Central swimming; Brandon Bodine, LeRoy wrestling; Daniel Carter, Danville basketball; Wilde Garowski, Bismarck-Henning basketball; Jordan Geese, Mahomet-Seymour wrestling; Kyler Hoffman, Prairie Central basketball; Andrew Kelley, Schlarman basketball; Curtis Plank, Arthur-Lovington basketball; Brandon Richardson, Heritage basketball; Heath Rogers, Centennial swimming; Cameron Schwing, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher wrestling

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