High School Sports

Northwest Herald Athletes of the Week for Sept. 30-Oct. 6


Jenna Brown, Dundee-Crown, volleyball

Brown recorded 42 assists, 19 digs, eight kills, two blocks and two aces in a pair of Fox Valley Conference wins over Prairie Ridge and Burlington Central. It was the Chargers' first win over Prairie Ridge, last year's FVC champion, in Brown’s three years on varsity.

Brown, who entered the season on pace to break school records for career assists and aces, was voted as the Northwest Herald Female Athlete of the Week by readers. She answered these questions from sports writer Alex Kantecki.

What do you remember most about your team’s win against Prairie Ridge?

Brown: It was exciting. We're usually the underdogs, but I felt like we all came together and really showed them what it's like to be a Charger.

What’s your favorite thing about playing volleyball?

Brown: Getting to know all of the players and coaches.

Who is your favorite professional athlete?

Brown: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. My whole family are Packers fans, except my brother. But he's not a big football fan, so we still consider him a (Green Bay) fan.

What’s your favorite movie and TV show?

Brown: My favorite movie is "World War Z" or any of the Harry Potter movies. My favorite TV show is "Criminal Minds."

What song would you choose if you had to sing karaoke?

Brown: "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot.

What sport that you don’t play would you be good at?

Brown: Bowling. My latest high score was a 200. I was very shocked.

What is something that your family or team wouldn’t know about you?

Brown: I don't like cats.

What is your favorite meal before or after a game?

Brown: My favorite meal is noodles. Any type of pasta.

What is the scariest thing that you’ve ever done?

Brown: When my family went to San Diego, we were in a kayak and we hit some pretty bad waves.

What sports moment was so huge that you’ll always remember where you were when it happened?

Brown: When I was 13, my volleyball team got third place at nationals. We were hysterically crying. It was probably the best moment of my life.


Cole Davis, Marengo, football

Davis scored four touchdowns in Marengo’s win over Harvard last week: two punt returns, one receiving and one rushing touchdown. The Indians defeated the Hornets, 35-7, in their 100th meeting.

Davis was voted the Northwest Herald Male Athlete of the Week by readers. He recently spoke with the Northwest Herald.

So what’s your favorite way to score a touchdown?

Davis: Scoring on special teams is always fun because it’s not something that is very normal. But scoring is fun, it’s fun as a team and it shows that all of the hard work we’ve put in is paying off.

Who are your biggest football influences?

Davis: I’d have to say probably my grandparents and my mom because they help me with everything and push me. On the field, [Marengo running back] Finn Schirmer. He helps me, pushes me to be a better player and he’s a good talent.

Who's your favorite pro athlete?

Davis: Patrick Mahomes because of how fun he is to watch. All-time, I’ve got to go Walter Payton.

Who is your funniest teammate?

Davis: We’ve got a team full of great guys with good attitudes. I’ve got to say Jonah Pace or Landon Oine. They always just bring the juice to practice and they’re funny guys.

What is one sport you were never any good at?

Davis: Tennis.

What’s your go-to pregame meal?

Davis: I always eat a turkey sandwich.

From anywhere in particular?

Davis: My grandma makes it for me.

What are three of your favorite movies?

Davis: “Varisty Blues,” “Happy Gilmore” and “Billy Madison.”

What is a place you’ve never been to but would like to visit?

Davis: I’ve always wanted to visit Paris.

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