Athletes of the Week – March 16


Mason Sherman, Hauser junior basketball player

Sherman led the Jets with 15 points Saturday in a 66-60 loss to Indianapolis Lutheran in the semifinals of the Martinsville Regional.

His performance last week: “I was pretty happy with it. The team really helps with getting open. I can get some assists, and Alex (Gross) getting open, I can get it to him, and he can kick it back to me.”

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Do you do anything special to prepare? “I just listen to certain playlists and take naps before the game. Sometimes, my dad hooks me up peanut butter sandwiches and bananas, too.”

Favorite drink: “Dr. Pepper or Dr. Pepper Cherry”

Favorite food: “Pizza”

Favorite book: “The Giver”

Favorite class: “English”

Role model: “My father (Matthew Sherman) and mother (Tana Marshall)”

Best advice: “Confidence is key. You just have to have that confidence that your teammates will help you out, or that you’ll hit that shot. You have to believe in yourself.”

Athletics goal: “Be the best I can be.”

If you could travel anywhere: “Probably Paris. It’s pretty beautiful from what I’ve heard.”


Abby Lewis, Columbus East sophomore gymnast

Lewis tied for sixth on the beam Saturday to help the Olympians to a sixth-place team finish in the state finals. She tied for 19th in the all-around competition.

Her performance last week: “I am very happy, especially with my beam. I definitely think I could have done better on floor, but I couldn’t have asked for a better beam routine. I went into state with a goal of getting top 10 in beam, so I’m really happy.”

Do you do anything special to prepare? “I just listen to music and not overthink things. I just talk to Adi (Minor) and my other teammates so I don’t overthink it.”

Favorite drink: “Sweet tea”

Favorite food: “Spaghetti”

Favorite book: “Game of Thrones”

Favorite class: “Economics”

Role model: “My sister (Audrey Lewis).”

Best advice: “I like this quote that my friend Abbott Garn (who died recently in a car accident) was supposed to read when he was a senior, ‘Do not be nice to people because they are nice to you. Be nice to people because you are nice.’”

Athletics goal: “To make top four next year state to get our picture on the wall.”

If you could travel anywhere: “My dream trip would be to go to Kenya and go to an elephant reservation because I love elephants, and I’m fascinated by saving them.”