Athletes of the Week – October 20

Mark Salle-Tabor
Mark Salle-Tabor

Mark Salle-Tabor, Columbus North senior football and soccer player

Salle-Tabor kicked a 30-yard field goal as time expired Friday to give the Bull Dogs a 32-29 win against Southport. He also had a 52-yard punt to end North’s next-to-last series and make a big change in field position.

His performance last week: “I just tried to stay calm and collected under pressure. I especially have to thank my long snapper, Daniel Hill, and my holder, Triston Perry. They did a fantastic job, and it helps me do my job.”

Do you do anything special to prepare? “I spend time after practice working on PATs and field goals with my coach.”

Favorite drink: “Arnold Palmer half-and-half lemonade and iced tea”

Favorite food: “Steak”

Favorite book: “Any of the Harry Potter Series”

Favorite class: “English or Performing Arts/Choir”

Role model: “(Head football) coach (Tim) Bless and (assistant) coach Jumbo (Jonathan Elliott) have definitely been role models for me by teaching me as a kicker and having good moral support as a person, and that’s what (assistant) coach Karen (McCaa) does, too.”

Best advice: “Stay true to what you do. You prepare to win. You expect to win.”

Athletics goal: “Continuing my kicking career in college.”

If you could travel anywhere: “Rome, Italy, because I’m Italian, and that’s where my heritage is.”

Columbus East volleyball player Kendal Williams is The Republic's Athlete of the Week. Mike Wolanin | The Republic
Columbus East volleyball player Kendal Williams is The Republic’s Athlete of the Week. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

Kendal Williams, Columbus East junior volleyball player

Williams led the Olympians with 96 assists in four matches Saturday, when they went 3-1 to finish second in the Carmel Invitational. Earlier in the week, she had 43 assists and two aces in a five-set loss to Floyd Central.

Her performance last week: “We came out on Saturday, and we played the best we’ve probably ever played this season. We had a great tournament, and it was a lot of fun.”

Do you do anything special to prepare? “We have a lot of team time, so we get ready as a team.”

Favorite drink: “I drink milk with every one of my meals.”

Favorite food: “Macaroni”

Favorite book: “The Bible”

Favorite class: “Child Development. I really love kids.”

Role model: “I look up to my parents (Mark and Jana Williams) a lot. We’ve been through a lot together.”

Best advice: “Don’t take everything to heart. It’s all going to be OK. There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Athletics goal: “Win state and go to college and play volleyball.”

If you could travel anywhere: “Hawaii or California because I love the beaches, and I love warm weather.”