The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for May 11, 2012.
Stetson Plew, Sr., Kennewick
The Lions senior ace doesn’t worry about striking everybody out. Mostly because he doesn’t have to.
“I feel like I’ve thrown well, but a lot of it is the players behind me. That’s a big confidence booster as a pitcher,” Plew said. “Pitching to contact has really helped me this year.”
Plus, he knows he can get a strikeout when he really needs one.
“My coach (A.J. Marquardt) will look over at me and say ‘Go get em,’ ” Plew said. “He lets me know when we need a big strikeout.”
Plew delivered a few of those and more Tuesday in a 2-0 complete-game shutout win over University to send the Lions to the 3A state tournament.
“In the post-season, you look for wins when you can get them,” he said. “I feel like we’re playing up to our potential.”
Favorite food: Mac and cheese
Favorite nonsport activity: Fishing on Bateman Island
Favorite athlete: Randy Johnson
Favorite team: Chicago Cubs
Sports memory: Our last (3-0 sub-regional) win against Hanford. That was a big win for us.
Favorite class: Math
Pregame ritual: Go get 5-hour energy and Subway footlong (oven roasted chicken) before every start.
Must-have on the road: iPod
Favorite movie: Benchwarmers
Favorite TV show: ESPN Sportscenter
Be on reality TV show: Duck Dynasty
Create reality TV show: I’d take a camera in the dugout.
Last book read (not for school): Animal Farm, George Orwell
Career plans: Something business related
Favorite field: Roy Johnson
Favorite quote from coach Marquardt: “Here you go”
With $100 in a mall, where do you go?: Champs
Favorite restaurant: Red Robin
Dream vacation: Bahamas
What to do with $1 million: Invest it, then buy a nice car.
Kelsey Aiello, Jr., Hanford
With one CBBN 3A girls pod left, Aiello was 3 1/2 points ahead of teammate Taylor Kain-Godoy for the CBBN 3A points crown. When the two close friends recorded matching scores of 77 on Monday at Apple Tree Golf Course in Yakima, Aiello claimed the individual league title with 269 points.
But she would have been just as happy had Kain-Godoy won.
“Me and Taylor are like best friends. We have a friendly competition. We like to tease each other,” said Aiello, who admitted it was a nice honor to win. “I thought I had a chance. I wanted it, but I wasn’t expecting it. This is a big year to get noticed by colleges.”
Favorite food: Turkey sandwich
Favorite nonsport activity: Photography
Favorite athlete: Annika Sorenstam
Most like to meet: Oprah
Unusual talents: I can wink with both eyes.
Sports memory: Last year all four (Hanford players) went to state in Spokane. We’re all really close.
Favorite class: Any science class.
Pre-round ritual: I make sure to give myself a lot of practice time, and I always clean my clubs before a round.
Lucky club: A blue-and-red driver from when I was 11 years old. I don’t use it but I used to hit it really well.
Must-have on the road: Gatorade. And my iPod.
Favorite TV show: How I Met Your Mother
Last book read (not for school): The Hunger Games
Best song on your iPod: What Makes You Beautiful, One Direction
Career plans: I want to go to college and major in either architecture or bio-engineering.
Favorite course: Apple Tree
Best shot ever: On a shot from 75 yards out — a par-5 third shot — I hit a 56-degree wedge in the hole for an eagle.
Favorite restaurant: Red Robin.
With $100 in a mall, where do you go?: Victoria Secret for yoga pants.
Coaches nominations: Nominations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and must be received by noon Sunday.