High School Sports

Athletes of the Week for January 20, 2011

The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for January 20, 2011.


Matt Jordan, Sr., Othello

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