The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for October 27, 2011.
Kelly Breard, Junior, Richland
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Without Breard’s help Thursday night against Chiawana, the Richland volleyball team might have missed out on its second consecutive CBBN 4A regular-season crown.
Breard had four kills in the fifth set to lead the Bombers to a 25-15, 22-25, 18-25, 27-25, 15-7 victory over the visiting Riverhawks.
“We’ve been using her as a serving specialist, and we needed someone to turn it around in that match,” Richland coach Bob Raidl said. “We were just floundering. The assistant coaches said, ‘We need to give her a shot because what we’re doing isn’t working.’ ”
A Breard kill in the fourth set helped the Bombers go up 25-24, and the momentum swung back in their favor. Now, they will host this week’s district tournament.
“(Thursday night) gave me a lot of confidence,” Breard said. “I feel like I can handle any team as long as I believe in myself.”
Favorite food: Chicken with peanut sauce
Favorite nonsport activity: Boating
Most like to meet: Lady Gaga
Unusual talent: I can do the wave with my stomach.
Favorite movie: Stick It
Favorite TV show: Pretty Little Liars
Best song on iPod: Get Crazy by LMFAO
Career plans: Either an architect or a dermatologist
If I had a million dollars: I’d probably move to Hawaii.
Francisco Cuevas, Senior, Wahluke
Cuevas was a one-man scoring machine Friday night, accounting for all but two of Wahluke’s points in its 45-34 loss to Kiona-Benton.
“It was really a good game,” said Cuevas, who ran for 183 yards on 28 carries. “The whole game was really close. We went up and down with who was winning.”
Cuevas returned a kickoff 85 yards for a score, rushed for four touchdowns and kicked two extra points to put the Warriors up 34-31. But late in the fourth quarter, their hopes for victory were dashed after the Bears rallied with two touchdowns.
Now, Cuevas and his senior teammates will play their final regular-season game this week when Wahluke (3-5, 1-4) visits Columbia-Burbank (6-2, 3-2).
“We know it’s going to be a dogfight,” said Cuevas, who is third in the SCAC East in rushing with 901 yards. “We want to do well and end our senior year.”
Favorite food: Chicken teriyaki
Most like to meet: Martin Luther
Famous relatives: The Mexican band Madera -- the members are first cousins.
Sports highlight: The Granger game (Sept. 23), when we were down 21-0 but came back to win 28-21
Pregame ritual: I warm up with my parents.
Career plans: Engineering
If I had a million dollars: I’d invest in something that’s going to give me another million dollars.
Coaches nominations: Nominations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and must be received by noon Sunday.