Athletes of the Week: Pearce, Brinkoetter

Ryan Pearce

Villa Grove, junior

Track and field

Recently: Led the Blue Devils to their first league title in 56 years, winning the shot put and the discus and also anchoring the winning 400 and 800 relays to first-place finishes at the Little Okaw Valley Conference meet.

In his own words: "One of my goals was to get a conference title before I graduated. A lot of guys had the same goal. It was exciting."

I'm driving ... a Pontiac Bonneville.

I'm always texting ... mainly friends

I'm dying to see ... "The Avengers"

I need concert tickets to ... something country

My first job ... detassling

In five years ... I want to be finishing up college, hopefully doing something with track or football

I've bench-pressed ... 280

My favorite sport is ... football

My favorite athlete is ... Peyton Manning

Are the Broncos going to win it all? Even though I'm a Peyton fan, I don't think so

Villa Grove High School is ... what you make it be

Honorable mention: Austin Aten, Champaign Central tennis; Brandon Carrel, Urbana track and field; Adam Crutchley, Villa Grove track and field; Brock Drews, Schlarman baseball; Stephen Dunn, St. Joseph-Ogden baseball; Tyler Ellis, Danville tennis; Austin Fender, Unit baseball; Cale McCormick, Mahomet-Seymour track and field; Luke Pannbacker, Rantoul baseball; Andrew Roney, Mahomet-Seymour track and field; Sunny Singh, Centennial tennis; Chase Thurston, Danville baseball; Chris West, Tuscola track and field

Jade Brinkoetter

St. Thomas More, junior

Soccer

Recently: Had three goals and an assist last week as St. Thomas More won its first regional title.

In her own words: "It was really cool. We're starting to make a name for ourselves. It's been a lot of fun to come out and surprise people this year and to show that we're a force in soccer."

I'm driving ... a blue Pontiac Torrent

I'm always texting ... my boyfriend, Kevin

I'm dying to see ... "The Avengers"

I need concert tickets to ... Zac Brown Band

My nickname is ... Jade-orade

My last bicycle kick ... I've never attempted one. My coach thinks I'd hurt myself

In five years ... hopefully I'll be in college and becoming a physical therapist

Has football coach Dan Hennessey asked you to kick field goals yet? No, but my boyfriend and some of the guys think I should kick

My favorite soccer player is ... Cristiano Ronaldo

My favorite place to play ... is on the turf fields on the campus of the UI

The High School of St. Thomas More is ... a tight-knit family

Honorable mention: Becca Anderson, Clinton track and field; Chelsea Blaase, St. Joseph-Ogden track and field; Stephanie Canfield, St. Joseph-Ogden softball; Ashley Cox, St. Thomas More soccer; Taylor Edwards, Arcola track and field; Alexus Jimson-Miller, Danville track and field; Sarah Kresca, Champaign Central soccer; Amanda McClain, Sullivan/Okaw Valley track and field; Jessica Melchi, Mahomet-Seymour track and field; Sydni Meunier, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley track and field; Dani Stigers, Heritage softball; Samone Thompson, Champaign Central track and field; J.J. Valentine, Paxton-Buckley-Loda softball

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