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The Republic’s Athletes of the Week


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Columbus East senior soccer player Mitch Tabler

(Scored a pair of goals in two victories last week as the Olympians march toward a Hoosier Hills Conference showdown at Jeffersonville on Saturday)

His performance last week:

“We’ve been playing well as a team, getting better and better. It’s always awesome to actually put the ball in the back of the net.”

Do you do anything special to prepare?

“As a team, we all go into the locker room and play music, and dance. We shut the door, so no one sees us.”

Your favorite drink:

“Grandma’s homemade lemonade.”

Your favorite food:

“Chinese chicken.”

Your favorite music group:

“Coldplay”

Your favorite book:

“Harry Potter” series

Your favorite class:

“Anatomy. I want to be a physical therapist.”

Your role model:

“My grandpa, Jack Sparks. Every time before a game, he gives me a speech. He always is there.”

Best advice:

“Go hard. Go 100 percent through adversity.”

Your athletic goal:

“To play Division I college soccer.”

If you could travel anywhere:

“Manchester City (England). I would love to go there and watch soccer.”

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