The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for December 23, 2010.
Joey Delgado, Jr., Hermiston
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Delgado earned a state title at 119 pounds last season. Still, he wanted some revenge for a loss to Martin Meza of Caldwell (Idaho) -- his only loss last year.
He won the 130-pound title at Tri-State tournament in Coeur d’Alene on Saturday but was a little bummed that Meza didn’t show up for one of the most prestigious events in the region.
He’ll get his chance to face Meza at the Rollie Lane Invitational in Nampa, Idaho, on Jan. 6-7.
“I really want to go undefeated this season,” he said. “I’m going to work hard to make sure I don’t lose any more matches.”
Favorite food: McDonald’s.
Non-sport activity: Running with my family.
Most like to meet: Dan Gable.
Pre-match ritual: Making sure I’m focused.
Game day snack: Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.
Favorite song on iPod: Whatever Curtis Berger is listening to. I always lose mine.
Future plans: Be a national champion at a 4-year college.
Favorite stadium: The Rose Garden. There are lots of places to lay down and sleep.
Jordan Loera, Sr., Moses Lake
Since she was a freshman, Loera has been starting at point guard for the Chiefs and helping keep her team in control.
Last Friday, the University of Oregon-bound senior scored 27 points in one of the biggest games of her career -- a 61-60 home win against Chiawana.
“It was really big for us. We spent a whole week preparing,” she said.
The next night, she scored 20 more points on the road in a 67-43 win over Walla Walla.
“We had already lost two games on the road in overtime, but you can’t hang your head,” she said. “It prepared us for crunch time.”
Favorite food:Hawaiian pizza
Non-sport activity: Camping, boating, playing piano.
Most like to meet: Michael Jordan.
Favorite athlete: Rajon Rondo.
Favorite actor: Adam Sandler.
Favorite subject: Math.
Best song on iPod: The Time, Black Eyed Peas.
Favorite TV show: Criminal Minds.
Last book read: Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer.
Nominations for AOTW can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 582-1410. Nominations must be received by noon Sunday.