Athletes of the Week

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Parker Chitty, Columbus East senior basketball player

Chitty led the Olympians with 22 points, six rebounds and eight assists in a 67-61 loss to Class 4A No. 6 Lawrence Central.

His performance last week:

“I was able to get my shots early, and then my teammates started knocking down shots and that opened things up for me. Losing by only six to the sixth-ranked team in the state, we’re only going to get better.”

Do you do anything special to prepare?

“I listen to music, and after that, I kind of do my stretching and get amped up for the team.”

Favorite drink:

“Purple Gatorade”

Favorite food:

“Macaroni and cheese”

Favorite music group:

“Future”

Favorite book:

“American Sniper”

Favorite class:

“Statistics”

Role model:

“Preston Mattingly (who played basketball for Chitty’s dad, Brent, at Evansville Central, then played minor league baseball for seven years and now plays basketball at Lamar)”

Best advice:

“To forget the past and live in the moment.”

Athletics goal:

“To win a sectional”

If you could travel anywhere:

“Jamaica, because I hear it’s beautiful.”

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Shelbi Wright, Jennings County senior basketball player

Wright scored 47 points in four games to lead the Panthers to a 3-1 record and a third-place finish in the Franklin County Tournament. She led Jennings with 17 points in a 56-44 win against Beech Grove, scored six in a 45-29 win against South Dearborn, led the Panthers with 14 in a 64-27 loss to Noblesville and scored 10 in a 56-49 win against Danville.

Her performance last week:

“I felt like I played with a lot of confidence and did some good things.”

Do you do anything special to prepare?

“I listen to music before my games, but that’s it.”

Favorite drink:

“Blue Gatorade”

Favorite food:

“Chicken”

Favorite music group:

“Rascal Flatts”

Favorite book:

“’Toughness’ by Jay Bilas”

Favorite class:

“English”

Role model:

“My sister (Allie Ponsler)”

Best advice:

“Play your hardest, and just let everything fall into place.”

Athletics goal:

“To play at the next level”

If you could travel anywhere:

“Hawaii, because I’ve never been there, and it looks nice.”

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Ted Schultz is sports editor for The Republic. He can be reached at tschultz@therepublic.com or 812-379-5628.