Athletes of the Week for April 11

April 12, 2013 

Colby White, jr., Prosser

White doesn’t count himself a big hitter, figuring his average is in the .250 neighborhood. And last Saturday in a doubleheader against Selah, the outfielder had only two hits on the day. But what a pair they were.

His two-run double in the fifth inning of the opener provided the winning runs in a 4-2 victory. In the nightcap, he singled in Kyle Killian in the sixth inning for a 3-2 win.

Prosser coach Kevin Cole said it had been 20 years since Prosser had beaten the powerhouse Vikings. Getting the sweep was a bonus.

“It was amazing,” White said. “It was nice to finally sweep them.”

With the likes of Selah, Othello, Ellensburg and now West Valley to contend with, state berths are a rare commodity in the CWAC.

But with wins over three of those four teams and a date with Ellensburg yet to come, state is the goal for the junior- and senior-laden Mustangs.

“We’ve thought about that,” White said, “and this is the year we can do it.”

Q‘n’A
Favorite food: Pepperoni pizza
Favorite nonsport activity: Listen to music
Favorite athlete: Jacoby Ellsbury
Sports highlight/memory: Winning Little League tournament
Favorite class: U.S. History
Pregame ritual: In the summer, we did headstands before games
Between-game snack: Apple and Subway
Must-have on the road: iPod
Favorite movie: Step Brothers
Favorite TV show: Saturday Night Live
Be on reality TV show: Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory
Create reality TV show: Baseball
Best song on your iPod: Centerfield by John Fogerty
Career plans: Family trucking business
Favorite field: Prosser’s field
With $100 in a mall, where do you go?: Champs or Lids
Favorite restaurant: Applebees
Dream vacation: Relaxing on beach in Hawaii
Million dollars: Donate to Prosser High and baseball team — they both could use a lot of work

Elizabeth Quick, sr., Richland

By most standards, Quick had a nice weekend at the Arcadia Invitational in California competing against some of the top prep athletes in the nation.

She tied for third in the high school high jump (5 feet, 3 inches) and tied for 11th (11-7) in the open pole vault.

But then, Quick is no run-of-the-mill athlete, having qualified for state her first three years of track and field and heading off to the University of Washington to vault (she planned to sign Wednesday).

“Right now, I’m at the point where I have to work on certain things in order to jump higher, getting more upside down,” she said. “Everything is there, I just have to put it all together. One of these weekends, either at Pasco or Oregon, I hope to jump 13.”

Quick has had her eye on that mark since 12-4 as a sophomore. She is adjusting to a new pole this year to account for her increase in strength and speed, and her coach, Jim Qualheim, thinks she could reach the 13s by the end of the season.

Still, Quick has yet to top that 12-4, and 13 is quite a jump.

“Yeah,” she said, “but it’s there. Once everything clicks, it should work out well. I should be able to jump 13.”

Q‘n’A
Favorite food: Lasagna
Favorite athlete: Jenn Suhr, pole vault gold medalist and record holder
Any unusual talents?: I can wiggle my nose
Sports highlight: Setting the record (12-4) at the Oregon Relays
Favorite class: Anatomy — we got to disect hearts
Favorite movie: She’s the Man
Favorite TV show: Criminal Minds
Be on reality TV show: Wipeout
Create reality TV show: Pole vaulting (celebrity?)
Best song on your iPod: Just Give Me a Reason by Pink
Career plans: Veterinarian
Favorite stadium: Hayward Field in Eugene
With $100 in a mall, where do you go?: Nike store
Favorite restaurant: Olive Garden
Dream vacation: Spain and Italy
Favorite place: New York
Million dollars: Travel

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