High School Sports

Athletes of the Week for February 10, 2011

The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for February 10, 2011.


Sisto Santana Pina, Soph., Kamiakin

The week before a big wrestling tournament, Pina insists on putting in extra work during practice. That’s why he’s the defending CBBN district champion at 160 pounds.

“I wasn’t expecting to cruise. I tend to get really nervous before matches,” Pina said of the CBBN 3A district meet, where he was the No. 1 seed at 160. “Just being the No. 1 seed, I felt like I had a target on my back, but I wanted to prove to everybody I deserved it.”

He did just that, putting on one of the most dominating performances during Saturday’s finals with a 16-1 technical fall win over Kevin Del Angel of Southridge.


Favorite food: Mongolian

Favorite nonsport activity: Longboarding

Favorite athlete: Ray Lewis

Most like to meet: Muhammad Ali

Sports highlight/memory: Qualifying for the state tournament last year

Favorite class: Mrs. Donais’ English class

Prematch ritual: Pray and run a few laps with my dad

Must-have on the road: Dr. Dre headphones, iPod

Favorite movie: Ali

Last book read: This is Gonna Hurt, Tito Ortiz

Best song on your iPod: Tim Westwood freestyle, KiD CuDi

Career plans: Elementary school teacher


Kayla Curtis, Sr., Kamiakin

Though a fall on beam prevented her from winning her second straight EWL district all-around title, Curtis still provided plenty of highlights while leading Kamiakin to the district title Saturday.

She won the uneven bars and the floor exercise and finished third in vault. During her floor exercise, Curtis pulled out all the stops, finishing her first tumbling pass with a double full and then executing a front tuck to roundoff back handspring back full on her next pass.

It was the first time she’s done it in a meet all year, but the routine earned her a score of 9.85.

“You have to practice it to perfect it,” she said.


Favorite food: Any type of pasta, bread

Favorite nonsport activity: Snowboarding

Famous relative: My great-great-grandpa translated the Book of Mormon into Spanish

Sports highlight/memory: Going to power tumbling nationals in Florida my freshman year

Favorite class: Speech

Mid-meet snack: Granola bars, oranges

Favorite movies: Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre

Favorite TV show: The Office

Best song on your iPod: Anything by Call the Cops

Career plans: Nursing

Favorite gym: Garland’s

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