Athletes of the Week for Jan. 24, 2013

January 23, 2013 


Boys: Cooper Clyde, Sr., Kamiakin


Clyde kept the Big Red Kamiakin Machine humming along this past weekend.


With teammate Javan Williams hurt against Southridge on Friday, Clyde scored 28 points, grabbed six rebounds and went 11-for-11 from the foul line in a 52-43 win.


“Especially recently, I’ve kind of struggled from the free-throw line,” Clyde said. “I’ve spent a lot of time on that in the last few weeks. It paid off.”


The next night, he finished with 17 points, six rebounds, five assists and no turnovers in a 49-47 victory over Pasco, and he wants to do whatever he can to help the team keep winning.


“It feels good to score obviously, but offensive rebounds, those feels good,” Clyde said. “My coach is pushing me to crash the boards more, especially with four guards.”


Without Williams, who will miss the rest of the season because of a broken foot, the goal remains the same for Clyde and the Braves: get back to Tacoma for the state tournament for the third year in a row.


“You just go out and play the same game,” Clyde said. “Everyone pitches in one or two more rebounds. Javan gets 10 rebounds a game, but really, the whole team needs to fill in.”


Q’n’A

Favorite food: Italian

Favorite nonsport activity: Bowling

Favorite athlete: Former Kamiakin standout Justin Pedley, who now plays basketball at MIT

Sports highlight/memory: District championship game last year against Kennewick

Favorite class: Math

Pregame ritual: Listen to music

Must-have on the road: The essentials — lots of socks, shoes, ankle braces

Favorite movie: Joe Dirt

Favorite TV show: Family Guy

Last book read (not for school): It by Stephen King

Best song on your iPod: Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin

Career plans: Accountant

Favorite court: Kamiakin

Best advice from coach: “Be vocal. Be a leader.” — Kamiakin coach Brian Meneely

With $100 in a mall, where do you go?: Anywhere with shoes

Favorite restaurant: Shanghai

Dream vacation: Bora Bora

Favorite place: Disneyland

Million dollars: Vacation

Favorite animal: Dog

What he likes most about basketball: Winning


Girls: Harley McBride, Sr., Columbia (Burbank)


McBride was excited when her boyfriend, Kody Bartlett, was an Athlete of the Week during football season at River View.


Now it’s Bartlett’s turn to be proud of his girlfriend, a standout on the Columbia (Burbank) girls basketball team.


McBride scored 14 points in a 52-30 victory over Wahluke on Friday and followed it the next night with 14 points and six rebounds in a 51-49 loss to SCAC East leader Connell.


The Connell game was redemption for McBride and her team, who fell to the Eagles 67-40 in December.


“We were fired up,” said McBride, who had just two points in that loss. “We had a lot of blood built up for it and built-up energy, and wanted to prove to people we were a solid team.”


This season, the Coyotes’ 6-2 league record includes a 38-21 victory over River View — which might make things a little awkward between her and Bartlett, who plays for the Panthers’ boys team.


“We always kind of do that ‘my team’s better than your team,’ but we always push away from it,” said McBride, who met her boyfriend of almost two years at a track and field meet in Dayton. “It’s fun to have a little competition between each other.”


Q’n’A

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite nonsport activity: Going with her family to the Blue Mountains, where they have a cabin

Favorite athlete: Kobe Bryant

Most like to meet (living or dead): Michael Jordan

Sports highlight/memory: When I took second in state at high jump last year

Favorite class: Government

Pregame ritual: Puts her right sock and shoe on before she finishes getting ready

Halftime snack: Sometimes I eat a Snickers if I didn’t have enough energy in the first half, but that’s hardly ever

Must-have on the road: My iPod

Favorite movie: Bridesmaids

Favorite TV show: Duck Dynasty

Last book read (not for school): No Easy Day by Mark Owen

Best song on your iPod: Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not by Thompson Square (the song Bartlett picked as AOTW)

Career plans: Neonatal nurse; plans to attend Eastern Oregon on a track scholarship

Favorite stadium/court/field: Yakima SunDome for basketball, Eastern Washington for track

Best advice from coach: “How are you gonna respond?” — Columbia (Burbank) coach John Muchlinski

With $100 in a mall, where do you go?: Buckle

Favorite restaurant: Applebee’s

Dream vacation: Ireland

Favorite place: Key West, Fla.

Million dollars: Buy a new car, perhaps a Ford Mustang

Favorite animal: Giraffe

Question she would ask an Athlete of the Week: What’s your favorite college team?

Her favorite college team: Duke University

What she likes most about basketball: It’s a team sport, and you’re not going to get anywhere by yourself. You have someone there to rely on. It’s like a second family.

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