The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for April 7, 2011.
Jovanny Rodriguez,Soph., Southridge
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When Southridge soccer coach Chip Elfering was looking for a goalie, Rodriguez volunteered and promptly posted three shutouts for the Suns.
Rodriguez had played some goalie in non-school leagues, but hadn’t played since breaking his collarbone.
“I was scared to go back to goal,” Rodriguez said, “but I thought why not give it a shot this year and it came out successful.”
Rodriguez’s stellar stint came to an abrupt end when he broke a bone in a win over Eastmont on Tuesday, an injury that will sideline him for two to three months.
“He is a field player and likes to play on the field,” Elfering said. “We wanted to try someone in the goal and he said he would do it and he did it well.”
Favorite food: Chinese
Favorite athlete: Lionel Messi
Most like to meet: Megan Fox
Favorite movie: Zombieland
Career plans: Firefighter
Sydney Cejka,, Sr., Richland
The Richland senior is used to hitting the cover off the ball, but last week was a bit ridiculous even by her standards.
Cejka was a combined 9-for-11 with two doubles, a home run, seven runs scored, nine RBIs and a stolen base in a win against Southridge and a doubleheader sweep of Moses Lake.
“I’m seeing the ball well and hitting it hard,” she said.
Cejka also continued her stellar defensive play.
“She’s got it all,” Richland coach Casey Emery said. “She puts up really good offensive stats, but any ball hit out there (center field), she tracks it down and catches it.”
This will be the end of the softball line for the returning all-state first team player. Cejka is going to Gonzaga next year which does not have a softball team.
She is planning on walking on (rowing on?) the crew team.
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite athlete: Serena Williams
Famous relatives: No. everyone thinks I’m related to pro golfer Alex Cejka, but I’m not.
Favorite movie: The Hangover
Favorite TV show: Extreme Makeover -- Home Edition
Nominations for AOTW can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 582-1410. Nominations must be received by noon Sunday.