Wednesday, October 12, 2011
By Kyle Gylsen
The SportsCow.com Male Athlete of the Week is Markus Tolkkinen of the United North Central football team.
In last Friday's game against Wadena-Deer Creek, Tolkkinen rushed 31 times for 287 yards and one touchdown.
"Itís a great honor to be the Athlete of the Week, but I couldn't have done it without my teammates," Tolkkinen stated. "The offensive line, tight ends, fullbacks and receivers all did a great job blocking all night and the defense did an awesome job of getting some stops to get the ball back for the offense."
Tolkkinen now has 374 yards rushing on the season and has caught 11 passes for 149 yards and one score. In four games this season, he also has made 17 tackles, including 14 solo, and has one interception.
"Markus is one of our team captains and is a leader in the classroom and out on the field," said United North Central head football coach Jeremy Nordick. "He excels as a student and stays involved in school/community activities. Markus is a very gifted athlete. He is very coachable and does his best at whatever we ask him to do. This year we've had him at receiver, running back, linebacker, cornerback and he also returns kicks and is our punter as well. He has been through a lot as a Warrior and it was great to see him have the night he did last Friday night, especially in his last home game. The special thing is that he is such a humble guy. He would be the first to tell you that it was a team effort."
As we've done the past several seasons, we asked Markus to fill out a questionnaire so that we, and you, could get to know him a little better. Here is how he answered our questions:
Family: Dad- Loren and Mom- Sue. Brothers and sisters- Brianne, Anders, Kirsten, Grant, Jared, Ryan, Alea, Garrett
Favorite Sport: Football and Basketball
Favorite Team: Chicago Bulls
Favorite Athlete: Derrick Rose
Best Personal Sports Moment: Winning my last home football game as a Senior
Favorite Actor or Actress: Jim Carrey
Favorite Movie: Dumb and Dumber
Favorite TV Show: Blue Mountain State
Favorite Musical Artist (this week): Luke Bryan
Favorite Musical Artist (all time): Lifehouse
Favorite Song (this week): This City (Patrick Stump/Lupe Fiasco)
Favorite Song (all time): Friday (Rebecca Black)
Favorite Subject in school: Chemistry
Least Favorite Subject: Desktop Publishing
Favorite Food: Chicken and Rice
Favorite Activities/Hobbies: Sports, Hanging with Friends, and Eating
If you were stranded on an island, five (5) people and/or things you want to have with you: Food, Water, Football, a GPS, and a Cell Phone
One thing that very few people know about you: I dressed up as a cowboy and sang in front of the school in kindergarten
Congratulations to Markus Tolkkinen of the United North Central Warriors' football team, the SportsCow.com Male Athlete of the Week.