Athletes of the Week: Schwing, Burton
GCMS/Fisher, senior, wrestling
Recently: A two-time state qualifier, he posted his 135th career win in the regional finals at 120 pounds, which marked the third year in a row as a regional titlist. The team leader in reversals has 71 career pins.
In his own words: “This is my fourth year on varsity, and I’ve been there before. I’ve been pushing myself to better myself in every possible way. In some tournaments (as a senior), I was short, but it’s all coming together at the end of the season, and that was my first tournament win.”
I sent my last text to ... my girlfriend, Savanna Pflugmacher.
I’m driving a ... 2006 Ford Escape.
I need tickets to ... the NCAA wrestling championships.
Toughest opponent I’ve gone against ... Byron’s Nelson Baker
My favorite professional team is ... the St. Louis Cardinals.
Before a game, I’m listening to ... a variety depending on my mood, anything from rap to rock to hip-hop, and I have a couple classicals on my iPod.
After a match, I’m eating ... a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
My pet peeve is ... anyone who talks with food in his mouth.
In five years ... Hopefully in grad school at the UI, working toward a Ph.D.
Fisher is ... my home, my entire life. Everyone is supportive of everyone, and it’s my favorite place to be.
Honorable mention: Antonio Alvarez, Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac wrestling; Brandon Bell, Champaign Central swimming; Jeff Cann, Milford basketball; Alexandro Griffin, St. Thomas More wrestling; Austin Hedrick, St. Joseph-Ogden wrestling; Dalton Hilligoss, Westville basketball; Shawn Johnson, Armstrong-Potomac basketball; Riley Kemper, Champaign Central swimming; Hunter Lowry, GCMS/Fisher wrestling; Brendan Menacher, Monticello wrestling; Jeremy Plank, Arthur-Lovington basketball; Noah Wells, Champaign Central basketball; Travon Wilson, Danville wrestling
Danville, freshman, basketball
Recently: After earlier shattering the single-season school record for season three-pointers (which was 41), she broke the single-game mark of six by hitting seven treys in a win against Bloomington, raising her season total to 63.
In her own words: “I made my first one early, and after that, (I) kept on making them. I only missed one. I’ve worked on three-point shooting a lot, and it has been one of my strengths. Usually I get better as the game goes on.”
I sent my last text to ... my mom, Cindy Burton.
I’d like to be driving ... a Camaro.
I need tickets to ... a Bulls game.
Toughest defender I’ve gone against ... Airiana Smith of Champaign Central
My favorite team is the ... Chicago Bulls.
Before a game, I’m listening to ... Macklemore.
After a game, I’m eating ... Steak ‘n Shake.
My pet peeve is ... screeching chalk on a chalkboard.
In five years ... Going to college hopefully on a scholarship and majoring in athletic medicine
Danville is ... very big and offers a lot of things to do.
Honorable mention: Abby Bush, Chrisman basketball; Claire Caldwell, Monticello basketball; Natalie Castonguay, Watseka basketball; Haley Dixon, Hoopeston Area basketball; Emily Dunlap, St. Joseph-Ogden basketball; Brooklynn Durst, Judah Christian basketball; Janelle Marion, Schlarman basketball; Madeline Meinhold, Tuscola basketball; Morgan Millikan, First Baptist basketball; Raebekkah Pratt-Clarke, Urbana Uni High basketball; Maddie See, Mahomet-Seymour basketball; Stephanie Shook, Cerro Gordo/Bement basketball; Joellyn Weaver, Oakwood basketball