The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for September 30, 2011.
Mike Olson, Junior, Liberty Christian
It might be an understatement to say Olson was on target last Friday night against St. John-Endicott.
The quarterback/linebacker accounted for a eye-popping eight touchdowns in the Patriots’ 70-28 home victory. He threw for four TDs, rushed for three and returned an interception 26 yards for another score.
“I didn’t realize it until after the game, until I looked at the stats,” Olson said. “It was pretty cool.”
Olson finished 10-of-14 passing for 250 yards and rushed for 57 yards on seven carries to lead the Patriots (3-1), but his stint on the other side on the ball was especially memorable.
“The interception was the most surprising (touchdown) because I usually don’t get a lot of time on defense,” he said.
Olson has been an offensive juggernaut for the Patriots (3-1), completing 65 percent of his passes for 977 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also has rushed 32 times for 216 yards and five TDs. Of the possibility of having another night like last Friday, he says, “I sure hope I can do it again.”
Favorite food: Pepperoni pizza.
Favorite athlete: Michael Jordan.
Favorite class: History.
Must-have on the road: iPod.
Best song on your iPod: I listen to a lot of country music; also Three Days Grace or Daughtry.
Favorite movie: Ocean’s Eleven, with George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
Favorite TV show: That 70’s Show.
Last book read (not for school): Eragon by Christopher Paolini.
Career plans: Chemical or civil engineer.
Dream vacation: Hawaii.
Favorite place: I really like going to California (around Anaheim) to see my dad’s side of the family.
Madison Moore, Senior, Prosser
Moore performed a hat trick and then some Sept. 20, punching in a career-high five goals during an 8-2 road victory against CWAC rival Grandview.
“I got some great passes from my teammates,” said Moore, who corralled the ball on a fast yet familiar pitch. “And they were really good passes, so that helped me a lot.”
Moore’s connection with her fellow Mustangs has been spot-on this season. The four-year varsity player entered Thursday’s match against Ephrata with 16 goals, second in the CWAC behind senior teammate Helen Petersen.
“She’s a really good player,” Moore said of Petersen, who assisted her on a 38th-minute goal against the Greyhounds. “She helped me out a lot in that game.”
And Moore certainly has helped out her teammates during her prep career. Moore, who hopes to attend a four-year college, was named to the CWAC second team last year and already has notched a career high in goals.
Favorite nonsport activity: Longboarding around town.
Favorite athlete: Probably Hope Solo because she’s so good and she’s from around here.
Favorite class: Ms. Warner’s AP English.
Pregame ritual: Has a special high-five with teammate Jessica Wiley.
Favorite TV show: Glee.
Last book read (not for school): Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl.
Dream vacation: Wants to travel all over the world.
Favorite place: Hawaii.
Million dollars: I would definitely keep it so I could go to college. I’d probably invest it.
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