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 email@example.com or faxed to 582-1410. Nominations must be received by noon Sunday.