High School Sports

Athletes of the Week for October 27, 2010

The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for October 27, 2010.


Drew Loftus, Senior, Kennewick

Maybe it was the Tupac or maybe it was the Led Zeppelin that Loftus listened to Friday before the biggest game of the season.

Whatever music it was that he chose to pump himself up worked.

The senior rushed for 184 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 100 yards and another score in the Lions’ 35-14 CBBN 3A victory against Southridge to lock up a playoff spot.

Quite the eclectic taste in music for Loftus, but then again, anyone who researches Bo Jackson and reads Catcher in the Rye in their spare time obviously is well rounded.


Favorite food: New York steak, medium rare.

Favorite nonsport activity: Playing guitar.

Sports highlight: Winning the state title in baseball as a freshman with his brother Luke.

Favorite class: Psychology.

Favorite movie: Boondock Saints.

Favorite athlete: Bo Jackson.

Last book read not for school: Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger.

Career plans: No idea.


Helen Petersen, Junior, Prosser

Ten bucks says Petersen was more than thrilled with her hat trick Thursday against Toppenish, not only because her team got the victory, but because of what she got to eat when she got home.

“Anytime I score three goals in a game, I get Mexican corn,” she said. “That’s the deal.”

Apparently, Mexican corn is a piece of corn with mayonnaise and chili pepper made by her mom, and Petersen swears by it.

After her hat trick Thursday, Petersen switched to defense to lead the Mustangs to a 2-1 CWAC victory Saturday over first-place East Valley.


Favorite non-sport activity: Reading.

Favorite athlete: Jerry Kramer.

Favorite class: History.

Pregame ritual: Tying her shoes the same way each time.

Must-have on the road: Subway sandwich.

Favorite movie: The Breakfast Club.

Career plans: Either being a coach or a psychiatrist; they kind of go hand-in-hand.

Best song on her iPod: Like a Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan.

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