Athletes of the Week


Austin Sheckles, Columbus East senior wrestler

Sheckles went 5-0 on Saturday to help lead the Olympians to a 5-0 team record and the Hoosier Hills Duals championship.

His performance last week: “I wouldn’t say I’m satisfied, but I’m hoping to develop off that.”

Do you do anything special to prepare? “I try to just focus on what I’m going to do during the match, and I focus on winning my position rather than just the match itself.”

Favorite drink: “Orange Gatorade”

Favorite food: “Chicken”

Favorite book: “Pirates of the Caribbean”

Favorite class: “Welding”

Role model: “My grandfather (the late Ed Robinson)”

Best advice: “To focus on the future and let the past be the past.”

Athletics goal: “To qualify and place at state.”

If you could travel anywhere: “Antarctica, because I like the cold.”


Darby Coles, Columbus North senior swimmer

Coles won the 200-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke in a victory against Seymour and took the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle in a loss at Center Grove.

Her performance last week: “Seymour, pulling out a win as a team was great. Center Grove was a little more rough because we lost by a little bit, but when they swim well, it gives me energy to swim well. That’s what gets me through those tougher meets.”

Do you do anything special to prepare? “I love to start cheers with the team. That’s my favorite thing to do to get really hyped before a race.”

Favorite drink: “Smoothies from Tropical Smoothie”

Favorite food: “Ice cream”

Favorite book: “The Great Gatsby”

Favorite class: “AP Language”

Role model: “(Assistant coach) Leah Retrum”

Best advice: “Don’t hold back no matter what. Whether you’re swimming four races or two, give it your all every time.”

Athletics goal: “By the end of the season, I want to break the 100 free record, and as a team, we want to get our conference title back.”

If you could travel anywhere: “Australia, because it’s very tropical, and I like the animals that are there.”