Athletes of the Week – January 25


Dawson Combest
Dawson Combest

Dawson Combest, Columbus East senior wrestler

Combest won three matches Friday to claim the 138-pound division in the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament. A day earlier, he upset top-ranked 138-pounder Blake Mulkey of Brownsburg 2-1 in overtime.

His performance last week: “I think I wrestled pretty well. Definitely beating No. 1 is very good and a big confidence boost for semistate and state. I need to keep working and make a one-point match a three- or four-point match.”

Do you do anything special to prepare? “I just try to keep calm, relax and talk wrestling with everybody on the team.”

Favorite drink: “Sweet tea”

Favorite food: “Qdoba chicken bowl”

Favorite book: “The Gucci Man Autobiography.”

Favorite class: “Volleyball coach Stacie Pagnard’s weights class”

Role model: “My dad (Scott Combest).”

Best advice: “Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.”

Athletics goal: “Individual state champ, team state champ and NCAA All-American (at University of Indianapolis).”

If you could travel anywhere: “Back to Aruba with my dad because that was a really great vacation.”


Sami Heathcote
Sami Heathcote

Sami Heathcote, Columbus North sophomore gymnast

Heathcote won the vault and floor and finished second on the bars and beam on her way to an all-around victory at New Palestine. Earlier in the week, she won the floor and finished second in the vault, bars, beam and all-around against Owen Valley.

Her performance last week: “I was able to make all my routines, and I made most of them with good form, so I felt pretty good.”

Do you do anything special to prepare? “Sometimes, I’ll listen to music on the way to meets, and at meets, right before I start my routine, I will take a big breath to help me focus.”

Favorite drink: “Lemonade”

Favorite food: “Macaroni and cheese”

Favorite book: “The Harry Potter series”

Favorite class: “Computer Science”

Role model: “My mom (Trisha Heathcote).”

Best advice: “When you fall get up, and try a little bit harder.”

Athletics goal: “To place in an event at the state meet.”

If you could travel anywhere: “To London, England, because I lived there when I was 1, and I have a bunch of cool pictures, but I don’t have any memories.”