Athletes of the Week: Kennedy Bauer & Wyatt Wolfersberger

Athletes of the Week: Kennedy Bauer & Wyatt Wolfersberger

This school year, we're giving our weekly honorees a chance to show off their teammates.

Kennedy Bauer | Watseka volleyball | Twitter handle: @k_bauer14

Why she's our Athlete of the Week: The junior compiled 26 kills in two wins for the Warriors, including a match-high 15 kills during a sweep of rival Cissna Park. The Timberwolves had already defeated Watseka twice earlier this season.

From Bauer: "The key thing was to work together as a team. We would get really excited after a point. The energy really motivates us to go forward and pushes us to do well against good teams, which we'll need this week during regionals."

I need concert tickets to ... Taylor Swift. I don't really know why, but I just like her music and me and my team sing really loud to her songs before matches.

One movie I could watch over and over again is ... "Stuck in Love." I like romantic movies that make me cry. I don't really know why, though.

If I could choose one superpower, I would choose ... to fly because I don't really jump that high, which would be key in volleyball.

The social media I use the most is ... Snapchat. We have a team group snap so we send funny videos and selfies to each other a lot of the time.

My biggest pet peeve is ... when people say it's just a game. Sports really mean a lot to me, so if they say that, they show that you don't care all that much.

My best volleyball memory is ... last year when we won sectionals because no one was really sure what to expect out of us, but we really showed the community what we could do.

My most embarrassing volleyball memory is ... I went for a spike and the ball hit the back wall, way past the court. It was really bad.

Before a match ... I like to hang out with my team. Most of the time, we go out to eat at McDonald's.

After a match ... I like to talk to my family. My grandpa is usually at all the matches and my grandma is there, too, for support.

In five years, I see myself ... graduating from a four-year college, but I haven't really decided what I want to major in yet.

Honorable mention: Evelyn Atkins, Unity cross-country; Kelsey Blackford, Oakwood volleyball; Becca Conlisk, Prairie Central cross-country; Taylor Cox, Westville volleyball; Morgan Elmore, Monticello cross-country; Madi Gayheart, Armstrong-Potomac volleyball; Aliya Holloman, Heritage volleyball; Maddie Heiser, Champaign Central swimming; Quinci Snedeker, Chrisman cross-country; Kelsey Wendell, Danville volleyball

Wyatt Wolfersberger  | St. Joseph-Ogden cross-country | Twitter handle: @w__squared

Why he's our Athlete of the Week: The senior placed first at the Class 1A St. Thomas More Regional with a time of 16 minutes, 16.2 seconds, helping the Spartans win the team title.

From Wolfersberger: "I felt like I stuck to the plan pretty well. We decided I was going to sit back until at least a mile. My time wasn't as fast as I wanted to be, but that's because I hit the headwind on the final two laps. That was my first time winning any sort of major meet like that."

I need concert tickets to ... One Republic or the Fray. I don't have a favorite band, but something of that variety would be cool.

One movie I could watch over and over again is ... "Prefrontaine," or "Without Limits." I like Steve Prefontaine and how dedicated he was to running.

If I could choose one superpower, I would choose ... to freeze time. I always thought it'd be cool to do that in case I forgot to do homework or something important.

The social media I use the most is ... Snapchat. It's just fast and easy to communicate with people.

My biggest pet peeve is ... when people use text language when texting me.

My best cross-country memory is ... getting third at state as a team my sophomore year. I really want to get back there again this year and get a trophy again.

My most embarrassing cross-country memory is ... A couple weeks ago, I had to stop and go to the bathroom in the middle of cornfield.

Before a meet ... I just like to talk to people. I know some people want to get focused and think about the race, but I don't.

After a meet ... I try to enjoy the moment of being with the team.

In five years, I see myself ... running if I'm still in college or running for fun and getting a good job. I'd like to get involved in engineering, likely aerospace engineering.

Honorable mention: Noah Blue, Uni High soccer; Marcus Blurton, Hoopeston Area/Schlarman/Armstrong-Potomac football; Nathan Garard, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley football; Kody Harrison, Paxton-Buckley-Loda volleyball; JP Hoffman, St. Thomas More soccer; Luke Manolakes, Centennial cross-country; Ethan March, Villa Grove/Heritage football; Ernest Plummer, Danville football; Mathias Powell, Mahomet-Seymour cross-country; Kade Thomas, Fisher football