High School Sports

Athletes of the Week for January 27, 2011

The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for January 27, 2011.

Boys

Case Rada, Sr., Kamiakin

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.

Q'n'A

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





Girls

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.”

Q'n'A

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





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

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