High School Sports

Athletes of the Week for January 5, 2011

The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for January 5, 2011.


Buddy Walter, Sr., Chiawana

No one personifies the change in Riverhawks basketball like Walter: bigger, stronger, faster.

Coach Chad Herron figures his 6-foot-3 point guard has stacked on 30 pounds in the last year, up to 175, which has made him a bigger threat to drive and finish.

“I was in the weight room all summer, in the gym,” said Walter, who comes from a family of talented athletes. “I learned to start being aggressive.”

That certainly showed up in his performance at a holiday tournament in Coeur d’Alene -- 37 points and nine assists in two games -- as well as 13 points in a big win over Kamiakin.


Favorite food: Taco Bell

Favorite nonsport activity: X-box Black Opps

Favorite athlete: Kobe Bryant

Most like to meet: Martin Luther King Jr.

Sports highlight: Alley-oops -- being on the receiving end

Favorite class: Math

Favorite movie: Coach Carter

Favorite TV show: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Best song on your iPod: The Statement by Wiz Khalifa


Khadidja Toure, Jr., Kamiakin

There’s no mystery as to how the Braves point guard fills up the basket: speed.

“People better get down the court or she’s going to go coast-to-coast,” Kamiakin coach Tammy Hutchison said. “She’s probably the fastest that I’ve ever had. Her speed, I don’t think anyone in the league has it.”

It’s helped Toure average about 24 points a game -- including a 28-point effort in a win against Walla Walla and 20 in a loss to Chiawana. And it’s also drawn the eye of schools like the University of Arizona.


Favorite food: Chinese

Favorite nonsport activity: Reading

Most like to meet: Michelle Obama

Favorite class: Physics and math

Favorite movie: A-Team

Favorite TV show: Criminal Minds

Last book read: The Chosen by Chaim Potok

Best song on your iPod: Black and Yellow by Young Jeezy

Career plans: Engineer

Nominations for AOTW can be e-mailed to sports@tricityherald.com or faxed to 582-1410. Nominations must be received by noon Sunday.