Athletes of the Week

Zack O’Connor, Columbus East junior football player

O’Connor returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown Friday to help lead the Olympians to a 35-15 semistate win at Bloomington South.

His performance last week: “As a team, we were solid, and we did what we had to do to win.”

Do you do anything special to prepare? “Just focus on what I have to do and don’t mess around before the game.”

Favorite drink: “Lemonade”

Favorite food: “Steak”

Favorite book: “’Hatchet’ by Gary Paulson”

Favorite class: “Math”

Role model: “My dad (Albert O’Connor)”

Best advice: “Keep your head up and play the next part”

Athletics goal: “To win the state championship”

If you could travel anywhere: “Probably Mexico, just to see the beaches.”

Kristen Lyons, Columbus East junior basketball player

Lyons led the Olympians with 11 points, 13 rebounds, six steals and five blocked shots in a 42-39 win against East Central.

Her performance last week: “I thought our performance was pretty good. We all played really great team ball.”

Do you do anything special to prepare? “I eat a piece of candy with my teammate Addy (Galarno).”

Favorite drink: “Powerade”

Favorite food: “Fried chicken”

Favorite book: “The Book Thief”

Favorite class: “AP Biology”

Role model: “Coach (Danny) Brown”

Best advice: “Never give up, and even if it looks bad, just keep on going.”

Athletics goal: “We’d like to win conference this year and get a sectional championship.”

If you could travel anywhere: “Australia, just because it’s really pretty.”