High School Sports

Athletes of the Week for October 13, 2010

The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for October 13, 2010.


Chance Watt, Senior, River View

With a brother as talented as E.J. Watt, who rushed for over 1,300 yards in his senior season at River View, Chance Watt has a lot to live up to.

So far, he’s well on his way to surpassing his brother’s total, accruing 1,115 yards and 13 touchdowns on just 106 carries -- an average of 10.5 yards per carry -- through the Panthers’ first six games.

“He’s happy for me, but he definitely wants to see how I do against (defending 1A state champion) Connell and in playoff games,” Chance said.

With River View a good bet to make the playoffs, Watt has a fair shot at his goal of 2,000 yards.


Favorite food: Crab legs

Favorite nonsport activity: Bowling

Favorite athlete(s): Maurice Jones-Drew, John Smith

Most like to meet: Will Ferrell

Favorite class: Fashion

Pregame ritual: Doing the ‘Doogie Dance’ before suiting up

Dream vacation: Miami

Favorite movie: A Night at the Roxbury

Best song on iPod: What is Love by Haddaway

Favorite TV show: The Nanny


Erin Hegarty, Senior, Hanford

With a bright future in front of her — Baylor, Oregon State and Lipscomb (Tenn.) are among her college choices so far — Erin Hegarty is still grateful for the chance to run every day.

“It’s kind of a time to unwind and think about life,” she said. “I’m thankful God gave me the ability to run, because I know there are a lot of people out there who can’t.”

She used her ability to post the top area girls time at Saturday’s Richland Invite. She finished second but still became just the fifth girl to crack the 18-minute barrier with a time of 17:55.47.


Favorite food: Baked potato

Favorite hobby: Reading

Favorite athlete: my brother, Drew Hegarty

Most like to meet: Eric Liddell

Favorite class: Spanish

Favorite TV sports event: Watching March Madness (“As long as Duke doesn’t win”)

Pre-race ritual: Team prayer

Favorite movie: Space Jam

Favorite radio station: K-LOVE 103.1 FM

Last book read (not for school): Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy

Career plans: Physician’s asst.

Nominations should be sent to sports@tricityherald.com and must be received by noon on Sunday.