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Dee Mack’s Cottingham and Hahn win CSM Winter Athletes of the Week



It was a Dee-Mack sweep in the CSM Winter Athletes of the Week for Jan. 29 through Feb. 4 with Lexi Cottingham of the Chiefs’ girls basketball team and Jerry Hahn of the boys basketball team earning the honors. 


It’s the first time that both CSM Athlete of the Week winners have come from the same school and both players are helping Dee-Mack gain momentum ahead of the upcoming postseason. 


Read more about our winners below!


Cottingham won CSM Girls Athlete of the week by garnering 38 percent of the vote total and helping the Class 2A No. 8 Chiefs win multiple games down the stretch to clinch a Heart of Illinois Conference regular season title. The junior poured in 16 points in a 58-35 win over Lexington on Jan. 29, following it up with nine more the next night in an 81-8 win over Peoria Christian. She returned to double figures with a 17-point game against Abingdon-Avon, which Dee-Mack won 60-31. Since then, Cottingham and the Chiefs beat Ridgeview and El Paso-Gridley to finish the regular season 29-2 and earn a No. 1 seed in the Clinton Regional.


Get to know Cottingham in a Q and A here:


What are your goals for the season? 

“As we go into the postseason, just to complete on game at a time [and] focusing on the game in front of us.”


If you were stranded on an island with a teammate, who would you want it to be and why? 

“I’d want it to be Jaelyn Nunley. That’s my girl and we would make the most of it.”


Favorite food?

“Chicken.”


I’d want concert tickets to see?

“Chase Matthew.”


If I could have a superpower it would be?

“Super strength.”


Who do you think is the greatest basketball player of all time? 

“Michael Jordan.”


Who’s your role model and why?

“My older brother because I grew up watching him paly sports and he pushed me to be who I am.”


What’s been your favorite memory of the season so far?

“Winning the conference tournament back to back.” 


Dee-Mack boys basketball pulled off a big win for its program and sophomore forward Jerry Hahn made his impact felt with a team-high 19 points in a 57-54 win over Lexington. Part of a promising young core for the Chiefs, Hahn dropped 13 in a narrow 57-56 loss in overtime to a formidable Peoria Christian team. Hahn had another big game recently in a 19-point performance, part of a 52-40 win over Ridgeview on Feb. 6. 


Get to know Hahn in a Q and A here:


What are your goals for the season? 

“Go as far as we can in regionals.”


If you were stranded on an island with a teammate, who would you want it to be and why? 

“Shaun [Denniston] because he’ll take it the most serious.” 


Favorite food?

“Casey’s pizza.”


I’d want concert tickets to see?

“21 Savage.”


If I could have a superpower it would be?

“Teleportation.”


Who do you think is the greatest basketball player of all time?

“Lebron James.” 


Who’s your role model and why?

“My dad because he’s the one that pushes me to be better.”


What’s been your favorite memory of the season so far?

“Upsetting Lexington.” 

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