The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for November 4, 2011.
Chris Haueter, Senior, Southridge
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The Suns senior running back/linebacker won’t lie. He enjoys getting into the end zone.
“I have to credit the big guys up front, but it’s a good time when I hear the crowd cheering after a touchdown,” Hauter said.
He’s made Southridge fans quite happy this year, scoring 11 TDs and becoming the latest Suns back to break 1,000 rushing yards.
In Saturday’s 33-14 win over West Valley, Hauter ran for 122 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries, including a spectacular 72-yard TD scamper in the second quarter.
“That was fun because there was a really small hole to get through,” he said. “I was only expecting to get five yards, but all of a sudden I was past the second level.
“I knew there was one last guy behind me, so I knew I had to get on my horse.”
Favorite nonsport activity: Snowboarding
Favorite athlete: Snowboarder Terje Haakonsen
Most like to meet: Ty Detmer
Unusual talents? I can pack luggage really well into a car.
Must-have on the road: Gatorade
Last book read (not for school): Deadline, by Chris Crutcher
Best song on your iPod: Torture Me, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Career plans: Construction management
Dream vacation: Australia
If I won a million dollars: Give half to mom, some to my dad and put the rest away for college and my mission. If there’s any extra, I’d get some fun stuff for my mom and sister.
Mykenzie Lilly, Junior, Kiona-Benton
The soccer pitch at Ki-Be might have a few imperfections, but it feels right to Lilly, who scored a scrappy goal in a 2-0 SCAC district home win over Mabton on Saturday.
“A lot of people don’t like playing here because it’s got a lot of holes in it. But I like it better than anywhere else,” said Lilly, who covers a lot of ground in central midfield.
“Her all-out play has been the driving force of our midfield this season,” wrote Ki-Be coach Marty Martinez in an email.
Lilly also runs track and has tried her hand at basketball. But she has played soccer since kindergarten, and it remains her favorite sport.
“I like being a part of a team and the competitive nature. I like the contact,” said Lilly, who was named first-team all-SCAC this week along with senior teammate Daisy Metcalf.
Favorite food: Hawaiian pizza
Favorite nonsport activity: Hanging out with friends
Most like to meet: I always wanted to meet my great grandpa. He died before I was born.
Favorite class: Leadership. We get to plan school assemblies, dances and fundraisers.
Favorite movie: The Notebook
Favorite TV show: Grey’s Anatomy
Outside reading: Twilight series
Career plans: Photography
Inspiring quote: Our team motto is ‘Finish what you start’. We say it after practice every day.
Dream vacation: Italy.
If I won a million dollars: Help out my family
Coaches nominations: Nominations should be sent to email@example.com and must be received by noon Sunday.