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Preps

Male Most Valuable Athlete of the Week: Cole Conn

Conn, a St. Charles East senior, had a big impact in a 33-28 win over Carmel Catholic

Cole Conn, St. Charles East
Cole Conn, St. Charles East

Name: Cole Conn

School: St. Charles East, senior

Sport: Football

Why he was selected: Conn ran for 199 yards and three touchdowns with the game-winning score in the Saints 33-28 victory over Carmel on Sept. 6. The Saints are 2-0 on the season, and face Glenbard North this week.

Conn caught up with Chronicle sports reporter Jacob Bartelson to discuss his big game, pre-game rituals and more. Below is an edited transcript.

Bartelson: What’s your pre-game routine?

Conn: My pre-game routine is pretty simple. I don’t like all the rah-rah, listen to music and jump around stuff. I just walk back and forth and try to vision how the game is gonna go, and what I can do on my part to help make the team successful.

Bartelson: What’s your favorite pre-game meal if you had your choice of anything you wanted?

Conn: My pregame meal, if i could choose absolutely anything, would probably be pizza. There really isn’t any reason behind it, but i just love pizza. [I also] got to have a Mountain Dew with it.

Bartelson: Did the festivities of homecoming jack you up a little bit for your performance?

Conn: I actually didn’t go to the main festive event [small games]. Coach [Bryce] Farquhar told us all that homecoming was fun, and the small games were awesome, but the one thing he said that stuck with me was: It wouldn’t be homecoming without a football game. That kind of just changed my outlook on it, and made me get locked in and try to not focus on all the jazz before our game.

Bartelson: How enjoyable is it to play with your twin brother in multiple varsity sports?

Conn: I enjoy it for multiple reasons. One being we always compete for everything that can be competed for. We really push each other to be better and i think it helps having someone so close to you at the same age all working toward the same goal.

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