The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for December 10, 2011.
Kade Eppich, Sr., Connell
Eppich’s final high school football game was one to remember, for reasons good and bad.
He intercepted three passes, tying the Class 1A state championship record in the Eagles’ 28-7 victory over Cascade Christian last Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. He also had four receptions for 72 yards, including a 44-yard, go-ahead touchdown catch in the second quarter.
Unfortunately, Eppich left the game with a broken collarbone after making his third interception.
“When I caught it, I fell right on my shoulder, and the receiver fell on top of me,” he said. “It felt weird, and I knew something wasn’t right.” Still, he stuck around to watch the Eagles win the title.
“They just wrapped it up, put it in a sling and put ice on it,” he said. “I rode the bus home. All the seniors, we wanted to ride the bus because it was the last time we’d be all together.”
Favorite food: Meat Lover’s Pizza
Favorite nonsport activity: Wakeboarding
Favorite athlete: Kobe Bryant
Any unusual talents?: Can play the guitar
Sports highlight/memory: Winning the state championship twice (in 2009 and 2011)
Favorite class: Physics
Pregame ritual: Listen to music, and I walk through the hallways with the game ball and flip it back and forth to get my hand-eye coordination going before the game.
Must-have on the road: iPhone and my Dr. Dre Beats headphones
Favorite TV show: CS
Reality show I’d like to try: Survivor
Last book read: Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
Career plans: Orthopedic surgeon. I’ve broken some bones in my life, and it’s what I’ve always wanted to do is help people the way the doctors helped me.
Favorite field: Lions Field in Moses Lake — we’re 5-0 at that field.
Dream vacation: Australia
Favorite place: Hawaii and Cayman Islands
Million dollars: Build a nice house, and buy a nice boat.
Kim Gier, Sr., River View
Gier has started off the season on fire, scoring 21 points against Liberty Christian in the Nov. 30 opener, 23 against Goldendale last Saturday and a career-high 34 against Dayton on Tuesday.
“I’m really surprised because usually at the start of the season, I score eight to 10 points,” Gier said. “But my team did a great job of getting me open, and my shots were falling, so kudos to them.”
Gier’s previous career scoring high was 32 in her sophomore year.
“I was shocked,” said Gier, whose team has SCAC East games Friday against Mabton and Saturday at defending champion Connell. “I knew I was scoring points, but I didn’t know it was that many.”
Favorite food: BLTs
Favorite nonsport activity: Spending time with my friends and family
Favorite athlete: LeBron James
Most like to meet (living or dead): Michael Jackson
Sports highlight/memory: Last year, when Abi Hamlin hit the 3 at the buzzer against Ki-Be and it got us ahead by one (after a foul call erased the basket, the Panthers lost in OT).
Favorite class: Anything but math
Pregame ritual: I listen to music and don’t talk to anyone. I just zone out.
Must-have on the road: Phone and my iPod
Favorite movie: Wedding Crashers
Favorite TV show: Tosh.0
Reality show I’d like to try: Wipeout
Last book read: The last Harry Potter book
Best song on your iPod: Anything by A Day to Remember
Career plans: Get my AA and decide from there. I’ll maybe go into business.
Favorite court: Zillah Middle School. Every time I play there, I get 28, 30, 32 points. The least I ever scored there was 16.
Best advice from current coach: Keep your head up.
Dream vacation: Fiji
Million dollars: Give some to my family, and let them pay off their bills. Then I’d put the rest in a bank and let interest collect.
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