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The Republic’s Athletes of the Week


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Columbus North senior football player Jamaal Halliburton

(Rushed for 292 yards and five touchdowns in a 41-17 victory against Perry Meridian on Friday. It was the second-best rushing performance in school history to Kobi Cook’s 342 yards against Columbus East in 2010.)

His performance last week:

“I thought I did things better, but I have to give credit to my offensive line and my H-back (Jonathan Byers).”

Do you do anything special to            prepare?

“I just listen to my music. And I try to keep everybody uplifted.”

Your favorite drink:

“Gatorade”

Your favorite food:

“Macaroni and cheese”

Your favorite music group:

“Lil Wayne and Earth, Wind & Fire”

Your favorite book:

“Hunger Games”

Your favorite class:

“Math. I am really good with numbers.”

Your role model:

“My mom, Christine Halliburton. She has shown me how to enjoy life and how to get through adversity.”

Best advice:

“It’s a biblical verse. ‘I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me.’”

Your athletics goal:

“I would like to go to the Final Four this season or farther.”

If you could travel anywhere:

“Australia. It is beautiful and warm, and the wildlife. And it would be a chance to get away from home.”

FEMALE

Columbus North sophomore golfer Sydney Anderson

(Carded rounds of 77 and 74 at The Legends Golf Club to finish in a tie for 11th in the IHSAA state finals)

Her performance last week:

“I’m happy with it. Honestly, I didn’t expect                 to do that well because I was nervous, and it was  my first time, but I was happy.”

Do you do anything special to prepare?

“I listen to music before I go, but when I was at state, it was really neat because they had music playing on the range.”

Your favorite drink:

“Diet Mountain Dew”

Your favorite food:

“Twizzlers”

Your favorite music group:

“Karmin”

Your favorite book:

“The City of Ember”

Your favorite class:

“Psychology”

Your role model:

“My dad (Chris Anderson)”

Best advice:

“Tomorrow is a new day. Just go with it.”

Your athletics goal:

“To become a professional golfer.”

If you could travel anywhere:

“Paris”

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