High School Sports

Athletes of the Week for November 30, 2010

The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for November 30, 2010.


Matt Hadley, Jr., Connell

It can’t be an easy job running the ball when everybody is gunning for you on defense.

But Hadley does just fine, thank you very much, behind the Eagles’ strong offensive line.

“It helps when you have those guys blocking for you. They just create so much room to be able to run,” said the BYU-bound Hadley.

He had plenty during Saturday’s 55-21 win over Omak in the 1A state semifinal, rushing for 203 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries.

“We were really confident coming in, but not overconfident,” he said. “Coach (Wayne) Riner does a great job getting us motivated.”

After winning the 1A state title last season, Hadley will get a shot at another ring Saturday against Cascade Christian.


Favorite food: Mom’s cinnamon rolls

Favorite athlete: Frank Gore

Most like to meet: George Washington

Favorite class: AP U.S. History

Pregame ritual: Prayer

Favorite sports memory: Winning state last year

Career plans: Accounting

Favorite song: Arise, ES Posthumus


Karissa Shiflet, Soph., Kennewick

As the leadoff bowler for the Lions, Shiflet helps set the tone for her team on game days.

She’s only a sophomore, but it’s a job she takes very seriously. She made varsity as a freshman for the Lions squad that finished second at last year’s 4A state tournament, and she isn’t afraid to step up when she needs to.

“We have two seniors as captains, but when they aren’t there I take everybody in and act like the older one of the group,” Shiflet said.

This past week, she definitely led by example, bowling a game-high 216 in Kennewick’s nonleague 4-0 sweep over Eisenhower on Tuesday.

She did it using a new ball. Shiflet recently switched from a Hammer Sting to a Prodigy Storm.


Favorite food: Chinese

Favorite athletes: Brett Favre, UFC fighter Urijah Faber

Favorite class: Journalism

Pre-roll ritual: Looking up to ceiling and paying tribute to teammate Brittany Blackketter’s late brother, Matthew.

Favorite movie: Hardball

Career plans: Pharmacist

Favorite non-sport activity: Playing Wii with parents

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