Athletes of the Week: Alexa Miller and Aidan Williams | Sports activities
Girls Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond basketball player Alexa Miller (center) poses for a picture with her teammates during Thursday’s training session in Arthur.
Alexa Miller | Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond girls’ basketball
Why she is Athlete of the Week: The junior did a bit of everything in a trio of Knights victories. Miller put on 17 points, five assists, five steals and four rebounds against Warrensburg-Latham, came with 19 points, 10 rebounds and nine steals against Cumberland one steal less than a triple-double and added 13 points against Okaw Valley.
From Miller: “I’m pretty happy with myself. I feel like we’re ready to go because we weren’t sure we could get a season and now that we are I’m just ready to do anything. I feel like I’ve come a long way as a player. “
She needs tickets to see … Cody Johnson. I am really obsessed with him.
A film that she could watch over and over again is … “Unbound.” I like the music and dancing that is in the movie.
If she could choose a superpower, it would be … be invisible. Sometimes it’s just nice to be everywhere without people knowing.
The social media platform she uses the most is … Snapchat just to keep up with my friends and talk to each other.
Your biggest annoyance with pets is … when people chew with their mouths open.
Your favorite basketball memory is … Last year my teammate and close friend (Mallory Nichols) did the three-point shootout. So our assistant coach took the school bus and took me, her, and another teammate.
Your most embarrassing basketball memory is … My freshman year we were on the defensive in a 2-3 and I put my foot out to deflect the ball and the ball came back up and hit my face.
Before a game … I get home and put my AirPods on and listen to music. I try to do some homework and get excited about the game.
After a game … I get dinner, come home with my family and talk about the game and watch a movie.
In five years she will see herself … either in college or fresh out of college with something to do with sports medicine.
Award: Tayler Barry, Tri-County Basketball; Mallory Cyrulik, Clinton Basketball; Marissa Russo, Tuscola Basketball; Savannah Orgeron, Mahomet Seymour Basketball; Callie Warlow, LeRoy Basketball.
The Champaign Central boys’ swimmer Aidan Williams (center) poses for a picture with his teammates in the Unit 4 pool on Friday.
Aidan Williams | Champaign Central boys swim and dive
Why he’s athlete of the week: The second year won in abundance as the Maroons defeated five opponents in three encounters. Williams won the 100 yard backstroke and was part of winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays against Peoria and Peoria Manual, won the 100 Free and 100 Breaststroke titles against Urbana, and sat in the 50 Free and 100 Backstroke triumphs through as Central Danville and Peoria Richwoods.
From Williams: “I just started the season with a good attitude and encouraged my team-mates. … (I feel best) the 50 freestyle and the 100 back. I’ve swum them all my life and they have always been my best two events. … I just hope that in all of my races I can continue to get PRs and improve. “
He needs tickets to see ... the olympic games to see everyone swimming because that would be a cool and amazing experience.
One TV show he got to watch over and over again is … “House, MD” My dad loves to see it, so I do.
If he could choose a superpower it would be … unlimited stamina so that I can get better results in all my races.
The social media platform he uses the most is … Snapchat. I love to communicate with my friends about it.
His biggest favorite is … when people are late.
His favorite memory of swimming is … last year I’ll show off all of my teammates. I didn’t run but I still had a great time watching all my teammates swim and just hang out.
His most embarrassing floating memory is … whenever my glasses or hat falls into the water.
Before a meeting … I listen to music on the bus. I speak to my team, encourage them, try to set some times for them.
After a meeting … I go home, play some video games with my friends, do homework, and sleep well.
In five years … I would love to go to business school after high school and become a welder or an electrician, but who knows where swimming will take me. So we’ll see.
Award: Carson Brozenec, fishing basketball; Ben Cresap, Monticello Basketball; Brett Giese, Paxton-Buckley-Loda Basketball; Nate Hoskins and Tevin Smith, Danville Basketball; Garrett Taylor, Salt Fork Basketball.
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