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Male Athlete of the Week

Matt Moody, Havelock football

Havelock football linebacker Matt Moody has been a senior leader on defense all season for the Rams. Moody has 115 tackles on the year. 

Being a wrestler and a football player, how do you think that has helped you on the field?

"Wrestling just makes you better on your feet and it helps with your body, getting the leverage you need."

What has made this team able to win the tough games this year?

"We just have a team of guys that get after it, on the field and in the weight room." 

What do you feel is the difference in games like last week, winning 41-14, to a game like Southern Nash where it's tight the whole way?

"We just make sure we are well conditioned and run a lot at practice. We know some games are going to be harder than others so we prepare for everything."

For you as a senior, after losing the two playoff games the past two years, how much sweeter is this state championship game going to be?

"It's amazing for us, to have our last run end by playing for a state title."

What is a hobby that you have outside of school and football?

"I'd be just playing Madden probably."

  

Female Athlete of the Week

Brooke Hermel, Havelock wrestling

Havelock sophomore wrestler Brooke Hermel is holding her own on the mat, going 2-2 in this past weekend's Swiss Bear tournament.

Winning two matches at the Swiss Bear, pinning one kid, how did that pin make you feel?

"I felt like a champion at that moment." 

How big is it for you to not get pinned?

"It's one of my goals, my first obviously being to win the match, but if I have to get beat, I just don't want to get pinned." 

Do you feel like you are getting better?

"I can tell I am getting better. Last year's Swiss Bear I was wrestling JV and now I'm starting so I know I'm getting better, I just have to keep going in practice." 

What do you feel you need to improve on still?

"Wrestle with even more confidence and take more shots." 

What is something else you like to do for fun?

"I like to skateboard sometimes."