The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for January 27, 2011.
Case Rada, Sr., Kamiakin
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When the Braves’ basketball standout dumps 18 points on Davis or 23 on Southridge as he did last week, fans figure it’s par for the course from the returning first-team all-leaguer.
But when Rada makes opposing scorers work hard for tough points, that’s when his coach really takes notice.
“He just has the tendency when we need him to really show up,” Brian Meneely said.
Whatever helps the team, Rada said.
“Points are good, but I like defense and getting teammates involved as much if not more,” he said.
No doubt attitudes like that are among the reasons the fourth-ranked Braves are 9-0 in the CBBN 3A and 14-1 overall.
Favorite food: Chocolate chip cookies
Favorite nonsport activity: Fishing
Most like to meet: Dwyane Wade
Sports highlight: Game-winning 3-pointer vs. Richland last year
Favorite class: Math
Favorite movie: Happy Gilmore
Best song on iPod: Man I Miss My Dawgs by Lil Wayne
Career plans: Something in sports
Hayley Hodgins, Sr., Chiawana
Sure, winning by 20 points a game would make life easy. But being in the middle of a three-way race for the CBBN 4A girls basketball title is more likely to pay off in the long run, the Riverhawks’ standout guard said.
“It’s exciting and unpredictable,” said Hodgins, who averaged 21 points in three games last week, including a 19-point effort against Moses Lake, which along with Richland is playing stride for stride with Chiawana.
“You always have to be on top of your game. It makes you more prepared for regionals and state.”
And state is where the Riverhawks are aiming. They hope to improve on last year’s seventh-place showing in the school’s first season.
Hodgins, who will play at Eastern Washington next season, is part of a class that also went to state twice playing at Pasco.
“We all ultimately want to win state,” she said. “We want to know going out that we did everything we could to have the best season.”
Favorite food: Mashed potatoes
Favorite nonsport activity: Painting (pictures, not fences)
Favorite athlete: Dwyane Wade
Most like to meet: Carrie Underwood
Famous relative: Mother, Karen Murray-Hodgins, is in the Pasco and University of Washington halls of fame for basketball
Favorite class: English
Must-have for road games: Four Cheese Cheez-Its and pink Powerade
Favorite movie: Top Gun
Favorite TV show: NCIS
Favorite song on iPod: Raise Your Glass by Pink
Career plans: Engineering
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