The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for October 13, 2010.
Chance Watt, Senior, River View
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With a brother as talented as E.J. Watt, who rushed for over 1,300 yards in his senior season at River View, Chance Watt has a lot to live up to.
So far, he’s well on his way to surpassing his brother’s total, accruing 1,115 yards and 13 touchdowns on just 106 carries -- an average of 10.5 yards per carry -- through the Panthers’ first six games.
“He’s happy for me, but he definitely wants to see how I do against (defending 1A state champion) Connell and in playoff games,” Chance said.
With River View a good bet to make the playoffs, Watt has a fair shot at his goal of 2,000 yards.
Favorite food: Crab legs
Favorite nonsport activity: Bowling
Favorite athlete(s): Maurice Jones-Drew, John Smith
Most like to meet: Will Ferrell
Favorite class: Fashion
Pregame ritual: Doing the ‘Doogie Dance’ before suiting up
Dream vacation: Miami
Favorite movie: A Night at the Roxbury
Best song on iPod: What is Love by Haddaway
Favorite TV show: The Nanny
Erin Hegarty, Senior, Hanford
With a bright future in front of her — Baylor, Oregon State and Lipscomb (Tenn.) are among her college choices so far — Erin Hegarty is still grateful for the chance to run every day.
“It’s kind of a time to unwind and think about life,” she said. “I’m thankful God gave me the ability to run, because I know there are a lot of people out there who can’t.”
She used her ability to post the top area girls time at Saturday’s Richland Invite. She finished second but still became just the fifth girl to crack the 18-minute barrier with a time of 17:55.47.
Favorite food: Baked potato
Favorite hobby: Reading
Favorite athlete: my brother, Drew Hegarty
Most like to meet: Eric Liddell
Favorite class: Spanish
Favorite TV sports event: Watching March Madness (“As long as Duke doesn’t win”)
Pre-race ritual: Team prayer
Favorite movie: Space Jam
Favorite radio station: K-LOVE 103.1 FM
Last book read (not for school): Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
Career plans: Physician’s asst.
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