Athletes of the week for Oct. 1

A.J. Goecker, Trinity Lutheran cross-country and soccer, sophomore

Accomplishments this past week:

Cross-country: Placing first at New Washington Invitational, second at the Paoli Invitational.

Soccer: Scoring in the Cougar Cup soccer tournament

How were you able to perform to your fullest potential this past week?

“In cross-country, Coach Crenshaw has been preparing me for the end of the season and sectionals by putting in a lot of time with me doing long runs and hill workouts. In soccer, coach Tabeling and coach Hutchinson have been pushing us to improve our speed, ball handling and passing.

What did you do well?

“Hard work and analyzing performances have helped show me new ways to improve upon my weaknesses.”

Do you do anything special to prepare?

“Continuing good habits of eating healthy, staying hydrated and getting rest.”

Favorite drink: Apple Snapple

Favorite food: Chicken quesadillas

Favorite music group/genre: Any modern music or songs by Major Lazer

Favorite book: Harry Potter

Favorite class: Spanish

Role model: Louis Zamperini

Best advice?

“Getting sleep and eating healthy are the two best pieces of advice I can give. Eliminating unnecessary sugar, eating healthy and getting rest will help in all sports. Keep a good balance between sports, school and social time as much as possible.”

If you could travel anywhere and why?

“I would like to travel to any of the populous cities in Spain because they have some very interesting locations to visit like the City of Arts and Science in Valencia. I love the language, and I would love to see a professional soccer game there. It would be quite different to be surrounded by a foreign culture, but it would be a lot of fun.”

Athletics goal (current or future)?

“I would like to be able to make it to semistate in cross-country and to state for the two-mile run in track. I would like to see our soccer team make it past sectionals. It would be my goal to run in college, and after college compete in Iron Man competitions.”

Jordan Morey is sports editor at The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at or 812-523-7069.