The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for January 20, 2011.
Matt Jordan, Sr., Othello
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Jordan wasn’t feeling well the week before Saturday’s Ray Westberg Invite in Ellensburg, but he ended up beating Quincy’s Manny Ybarra, a three-time state placer and Jordan’s longtime friend, in a 7-6 overtime decision in the 135 pound final.
“I was right on weight, so I couldn’t eat or drink anything. I was sucking ice for hydration,” said Jordan, a two-time state placer. “There was a takedown in overtime I thought I had, but I thought he had an escape to win it. The calls go both ways.”
Favorite food: Chicken Alfredo
Favorite non-sport activity: Hunting, fishing
Most like to meet: Dan Gable
Favorite class: Leadership
Mid-meet snack: Cashews, chocolate milk
Pre-meet ritual: Listen to music, team prayer
Favorite movie: Stepbrothers
Favorite TV show: Two and a Half Men
Favorite sports memory: In eighth grade, I pinned a guy I had lost to five times before. I jumped up yelling and screaming, so the ref had to tell me to calm down.
Mandy Machinal, Sr., Richland
After a chaotic start, the Bombers’ girls basketball team has found its rhythm at 11-1, and Machinal has emerged as one of the league’s top three scorers at 16.3 points a game.
She averaged 19.3 points in Richland’s three wins last week over Wenatchee and Moses Lake, and at Davis.
“I don’t know if I was (a scorer) in the beginning, but the coach at Montana Tech (where she’s signed to play in the fall) wants me to score,” said Machinal.
She excels at perimeter shooting but isn’t afraid to drive either.
“If I’m not making my outside shots, then I’ll take it inside,” she said.
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite non-sport activity: anything outdoors
Favorite athlete: Rajon Rondo
Famous relative: Abraham Lincoln (on my mom’s side)
Favorite movie: She’s the Man
Favorite TV show: Pretty Little Liars
Best song on iPod: Anything by Taylor Swift
Career plans: Be an environmental engineer
Nominations for AOTW can be e-mailed to email@example.com or faxed to 582-1410. Nominations must be received by noon Sunday.