The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for October 22, 2011.
Bobby Adams, Senior, Hermiston
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It was as if someone looked at the four consecutive 200-yard rushing games the Bulldogs running back had and asked, how can you to that?
Well, how about 314 yards and four TDs in a 55-14 blowout of Hood River Valley.
“There were a couple of drives where coaches kept calling my number,” Adams said. “I knew I was getting carries, but I wasn’t keeping track of anything.”
Doesn’t have to, because these kinds of numbers draw plenty of attention.
Adams has 1,434 yards and 15 TDs rushing, tearing off 7.1 yards a carry. At his current pace, he will top 2,000 yards by the end of the regular season.
Adams is a lot more concerned with wins — particularly in the playoffs — than he is numbers, and he is quick to credit his offensive line.
“The offensive line has been huge,” he said. “They’re definitely getting off the ball quicker, and we’re more physical than all the teams we play.”
Favorite food: Thai food
Favorite nonsport activity:Favorite athlete: Frank Gore
Unusual talents: Standing backflip
Sports memory: Building one right now
Favorite movie: Friday Night Lights
Favorite TV show: Jersey Shore
Best song on your iPod: Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO
Future plans: College, football
Dream vacation: Maui
Favorite place: Silverwood Theme Park
If I had million dollars: Go shopping for clothes
Shelby Warner, Senior, Southridge
The Suns volleyball team is playing its best ball right now, and it has a lot to do with a lot of new combinations of players getting comfortable.
It also has a lot to do with big efforts by Warner, like last week’s 18-kill performance in a sweep of Hanford that moved Southridge into a tie with the Falcons for second in the CBBN 3A.
“It was just a game I really wanted to win,” said the 6-foot middle blocker, who has been starting on varsity since her sophomore season. “The whole team really wanted to win. Tied for second is pretty important.”
It was the kind of big game in the big moment that Suns coach John Lengphounpraseut has come to expect from Warner.
“She sees the court well, she can turn the ball left or right pretty well,” he said. “She does a lot of things well that make her an effective hitter.”
One that also plays the backrow, and one that is as accurate as any the longtime coach has ever seen. A decent hitting percentage (kills minus errors, divided by attacks) in high school is in the .300 neighborhood. Warner is well above .500. During her 18-kill match, she committed just two errors on 27 attacks.
“I’ve always been fairly consistent,” she said. “I hven’t always been the hardest hitter, but I try to keep the ball in play.”
Favorite food: Fettucini
Sports highlight: Going to state sophomore year
Favorite class: History
Favorite movie: Billy Madison
Favorite TV show: That ’70s Show
Future plans: Play college volleyball
Dream vacation: New Zealand
Favorite place: Hawaii
If I had million dollars: Buy a car — a nice one
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