Athletes of the Week

Jonah Wichman, Columbus East sophomore football player

Wichman returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown to give the Olympians the lead for good in a 56-31 sectional final win against Whiteland.

His performance last week: “We played pretty well. We watched a lot of film, and I performed to the best of my ability.”

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Do you do anything special to prepare? “We watch a lot of film, and our scout team does a good job preparing us all week..”

Favorite drink: “Sweet tea”

Favorite food: “Steak”

Favorite book: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Favorite class: “Math”

Role model: “My oldest brother, B.T.”

Best advice: “Do everything to the best of your ability, and don’t leave anything on the field.”

Athletics goal: “I want to go to a Division I college.”

If you could travel anywhere: “Probably Hawaii because I’ve never been there, and I think it could be pretty cool.”

Britney Ballard, Columbus East junior basketball player

Ballard scored 25 points to lead the Olympians to a season-opening 63-53 win at Floyd Central.

Her performance last week: “I think it was a good game, and I hope we can keep that going. We need to keep playing team ball.”

Do you do anything special to prepare? “Usually on the bus ride, if it’s an away game, I listen to music, and usually I chew two pieces of gum.”

Favorite drink: “Blue Powerade”

Favorite food: “Macaroni and cheese”

Favorite book: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Favorite class: “Psychology”

Role model: “My dad (Alan Ballard)”

Best advice: “Don’t procrastinate.”

Athletics goal: “I want to try to have more assists than turnovers, like I did last year.”

If you could travel anywhere: “Probably Egypt because I want to see the Pyramids.”