WIBW and Azura Credit Union are proud to celebrate the achievements of local high school athletes with our weekly Athlete of the Week honors.
Azura Credit Union is proud to support these athletes who are committed to go above and beyond for their team. Azura Credit Union knows that by going above & beyond for their members today, that tomorrow they will continue to bring you innovative financial service, more resources and a more customized experience. Together they are building a better, brighter future for you and our community.
This week’s Azura Credit Union Athletes of the Week are Washburn Rural senior football player Joey Blakesley and Washburn Rural freshman cross country runner Madeline Carter.
Blakesley intercepted three passes from his safety position as the Junior Blues wrapped up their regular season with a 35-10 win over Seaman. His first interception, late in the first half, set up a Rural touchdown, and his third pick went all the way back the other direction 66 yards for a score. On the season, Blakesley has five interceptions, two of which have been returned for touchdowns. We spoke to Joey about his three-INT night, the inspiration for his work ethic, how he prepares for games, and more.
Carter has been the leader of a strong, and young, Washburn Rural girls cross country squad throughout her debut season. She placed third in the 6A regional at Junction City and led the way to her team’s second place finish. The week prior, Carter came home in fourth at the Centennial League meet and helped the Lady Blues finish second as a team. We spoke to Madeline about having success as a freshman, her pre-race routine, why she enjoys running, and more.