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
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