AOTW: Westville's Dicken, Cissna Park's Stoller
Westville/Salt Fork/Georgetown-Ridge Farm, senior, wrestling
Recently: Became the program’s first wrestling state qualifier since the three-school co-op was bumped up to Class 2A. He placed fourth in the Chatham Sectional at 195 pounds, improving his season record to 23-7 with 14 pins.
In his own words: “I’ve been working hard since my junior year, when I almost made it (finishing one win away from qualifying). Jeremy (Rivers, practice partner) definitely pushed me. Without him, I probably wouldn’t have tried that hard.”
I sent my last text to ... my girlfriend, Hailea.
I’m driving a ... 1999 GMC Sierra truck.
I need tickets to ... Motley Crue.
Toughest opponent I’ve gone against ... Isaac Flores, Carbondale.
My favorite professional team is ... New England Patriots.
Before a match, I’m listening to ... an assortment of songs that pump me up.
After a match, I’m eating ... Taco Bell.
My pet peeve is ... sound of chalk on a chalkboard.
In five years ... I’ll be a heavy-equipment operator.
Westville is ... pretty nice, a good school where everybody gets along.
Honorable mention: Matt Baker, Monticello wrestling; Tyler Bergstrahl, Prairie Central wrestling; Jay Eshleman, Paxton-Buckley-Loda basketball; Austin Hedrick, St. Joseph-Ogden wrestling; Nate Jozsa, Argenta-Oreana wrestling; Dylan Knisley, Monticello wrestling; Hunter Lowry, GCMS/Fisher wrestling; Griffin Meeker, St. Joseph-Ogden wrestling; Brendan Menacher, Monticello wrestling; Tyler Ortmann, Argenta-Oreana wrestling; Toby Rivera, Champaign Central wrestling; Sam Schuler, Prairie Central wrestling; Douglas Wallen, St. Thomas More basketball; Josh Wallick, GCMS/Fisher wrestling.
Cissna Park, sophomore, basketball
Recently: Helped the third-seeded Timberwolves (21-8) win three games and the Class 1A regional title at Chrisman. She had three double-doubles, totaling 57 points and 49 rebounds (22 in the title game) while hitting 19 of 23 free throws.
In her own words: “It was a long week, but it turned out OK. We felt more sure we could do it after the first win. We trust each other a lot.”
I sent my last text to ... Josh Marquez.
I’m driving ... a VW Jetta.
I need tickets to ... Luke Bryan.
Toughest defender I’ve gone against ... Kellyn Maynard, from Paxton-Buckley-Loda.
My favorite team is the ... Purdue University women’s basketball team.
Before a game, I’m listening to ... a variety.
After a game, I’m eating ... chips and salsa.
My pet peeve is ... nails on a chalkboard.
In five years ... I hope to be playing basketball in college and studying medicine.
Cissna Park is ... small, but a lot of kids support each other and come together.
Honorable mention: Cornisha Allen, Milford basketball; Delaney Cochran, Fisher basketball; Emily Elder, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley basketball; Allie Hislope, Monticello basketball; Lexi Knake, Cissna Park basketball; Kristie Krigbaum, Cerro Gordo/Bement basketball; Jasmine Kyler, Centennial basketball; Shelby Mascari, Schlarman Academy basketball; Katie McTaggart, Watseka basketball; Emily Neuhauser, Sullivan basketball; Samantha Reece, Arcola basketball; Alex Specht, Blue Ridge basketball; Kelsey Walker, LeRoy basketball; Lexi Wallen, St. Thomas More basketball.