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The Republic’s Athletes of the Week

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Columbus East junior wide receiver JT Voelker

(Caught team-highs of five passes for 85 yards Saturday in the Olympians’ 35-21 regional victory at Evansville Reitz.)

His performance last week:

“Since we got off to a bad start, I had to be a playmaker. First, they were trying to stop our run, so it was in the back of my mind I had to make some plays.”

Do you do anything special to prepare?

“I like to catch a lot of balls before I go out and play to warm up my hands. I just like to stretch a lot and maybe listen to some music.”

Your favorite drink:


Favorite food:


Favorite music group:

Maybach Music.

Favorite book:

Sports Illustrated.

Your favorite class:


Your role model:

Calvin Johnson.

Best advice:

“Work hard and just don’t give up.”


Columbus East basketball player Mikala Lomax

(The 5-foot-8 senior scored 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds in a 66-56 win over Rushville on Friday. She had missed all but four games last season due to a torn ACL.)

Her performance last week:

“As soon as I hit the court, it felt like home. Coming back was difficult because we had two other players out with injuries and people said we wouldn’t be any good. We wanted to prove everyone wrong.”

Do you do anything special to prepare?

“My friend (teammate) Allyson Bunch got me hooked on Tropical Smoothie’s Kiwi Quenchers. I always have one.”

Your favorite drink:

Chocolate milk.

Your favorite food:


Your favorite music group:


Your favorite book:

“Burned by Ellen Hopkins. It’s written in poetic verse.”

Your favorite class:

“Chemistry. We got a college credit for it and the teacher was awesome.”

Your role model:

“My older sister, Erika. She’s a leader. It’s so easy to follow her example. She doesn’t ever judge anyone.”

Best advice:

“I can be as good as I want to be. If you want to be that good, you can be that good.”

Your athletic goal:

“Get a scholarship.”

If you could travel anywhere:

“Australia. I’ve heard they have some pretty exotic animals there and I love exotic animals.”

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