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home : sports : sports   May 26, 2016

1/11/2013 10:11:00 AM
Prep of the Week

NT Sports Staff

Name: Nathan Helle

School: Henry

Year: Junior

Sport: Basketball

What’s your favorite food to eat after a game?: I have to say pizza. There’s a place in Henry called the ‘Italian Villa’ where after basketball games everyone goes to eat and have a good time.

If you could spend a day with any famous athlete, who would it be and why?: LeBron James. He’s a big inspiration to me. Ever since I can remember, I’ve watched him play. He seems like a humble person and a cool guy to hang out with. It’d be fun to have an experience with him to go play basketball or something.

What’s your favorite sports memory?: My favorite sports memory is eighth grade regionals when we won the championship. The whole community was out. Seeing the fire trucks and ambulances parading us around town, that’s a pretty awesome memory. All our friends and parents were out.

What’s the most played song on your iPod?: It’d probably be “The Right Stuff” by New Kids on the Block. It’s an old one, but my friends and I always listen to it.
Other than Henry’s, which gym is your favorite?: El Paso-Gridley has a really nice gym.

Last week’s accomplishments: Helle led the Mallards to a pair of big wins last weekend. Helle scored all of his game-high 21 points in the final 18 minutes of a 55-51 win Friday over Putnam County in a battle of Tri-County Conference unbeatens. The next day, he scored 18 of his game-high 20 points in the second half to lead the Mallards to a 64-52 road victory at Kewanee Wethersfield, which is now ranked No. 10 in Class 1A the Associated Press Poll.

Helle on his performance: It took me a little while to get going, but I found it. Once I start playing, I get pretty comfortable and I feel like I can play pretty well. As a team we gel well together and they do a great job of getting me open shots. Overall, I thought I played well. I think we played well for the teams we were up against.

Coach Steve Self says: He’s been real steady for us all year. When you look at what he did for us in the wins we got over Putnam County at home and Wethersfield on the road, he’s starting to put it together and he’s dangerous. He’s one of the best Class A players in the state. He does the little things. He rebounds, he dishes it out and he scores.

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