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Kane County preps Athlete of the Week: Jamie Martens

Jamie Martens
Jamie Martens

Name: Jamie Martens

School: Kaneland, senior

Sport: Basketball, guard

Why Martens was selected:

Martens scored 19 points and hit two clinching free throws in Kaneland's 53-49 win over Yorkville. Martens spoke to Chronicle sports editor Joshua Welge about the big win, and Kaneland's start to the season. Below is an edited transcript.

Welge: How big of a win was that, considering Yorkville went undefeated in conference last year?

Martens: It was important for us to show that we can stand up to big teams like that that haven't lost in a while. All the excitement of the rivalry, and the fact that it was a very close game, made it very emotional.

Welge: How do you handle pressure situations like being at the free-throw line late in games:

Martens: You just have to stay cool, calm and collected. I just take my time and relax. We practice late-game situations like that all the time.

Welge: Your team is 6-0, despite losing some key pieces from last year. Do you feel you've surprised some people:

Martens: I don't think we were expected by many people to beat Yorkville. Our coaches knew that if we worked well and played as a team we'd be pretty good.

Welge: It seems Kaneland is always pretty good defensively. What's practices like:

Martens: We do a lot of competition drills. We'll have certain people key on other people. If you lose the drill you have to run. It gets competitive.

Welge: What did you learn from [graduated point guard] Morgan Weber:

Martens: That you always have to be aggressive and hustle.

Welge: Do you plan to play basketball in college – what are your college plans.

Martens: I'm looking. I might major in occupational therapy, but I'm not sure.

Welge: You have another big game this week with Sycamore. What's your thoughts on that one:

Martens: I think if we play like we did against Yorkville we'll have a good chance.

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