Athletes of the Week – January 12


Evan Patterson, Columbus North freshman swimmer

Patterson won the 200-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly and swam on the winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams to help lead the Bull Frogs to a 112½-73½ win at Bloomington North.

His performance last week: “Coming into the Bloomington North meet, I was pretty excited to see how I’d do, and I think I performed pretty well.”

Do you do anything special to prepare? “Coach (Logan Schaefer) trains us hard, and the team works hard.”

Favorite drink: “Sweet tea”

Favorite food: “Pizza”

Favorite book: “The Oddessy”

Favorite class: “Math”

Role model: “Michael Phelps”

Best advice: “Be persistent, no matter what’s going on, and just keep working hard through ups and downs.”

Athletics goal: “To go to state and perform well.”

If you could travel anywhere: “Italy, because I like the architecture and their food, and they have really nice soccer teams.”


Sidney Gerkin, Jennings County senior basketball player

Gerkin led the Panthers with 12 points in a 62-40 loss to Columbus North and scored 17 points in a 78-75 loss to Austin.

Her performance last week: “I think I stepped it up, but I don’t think it’s a great performance until I’m leading my team to a win.”

Do you do anything special to prepare? “We watch film. We go over scouting reports. A lot of times, we imitate the other team and go over them in practice and figure out what we need to do to win.”

Favorite drink: “Sweet tea”

Favorite food: “Tacos”

Favorite book: “The Hunger Games”

Favorite class: “Any math class”

Role model: “My parents (Shawn and Chas Gerkin)”

Best advice: “Give 100 percent in everything you do. It’s pointless to have to do it again, so give it all you’ve got the first time.”

Athletics goal: “Definitely to win a sectional. It would be nice to score 1,000 points, but I’d take a sectional over anything else.”

If you could travel anywhere: “Probably Hawaii. That’s not very far, but I’m kind of a homebody.”