The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for February 10, 2011.
Sisto Santana Pina, Soph., Kamiakin
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 582-1410. Nominations must be received by noon Sunday.