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Northwest Herald Athlete of the Week: Prairie Ridge’s Elani Nanos

Prairie Ridge’s Elani Nanos jumped into the top spot on the program’s all-time assists leaderboard during a 48-25 win against Dundee-Crown on Jan. 4, recording six assists and game-high 16 points for the red-hot Wolves.

The Wolves senior point guard was caught completely by surprise by the record, which was previously held by 2019 graduate Karly Statter, but nobody should no longer be caught off guard by Prairie Ridge, winners of 10 in a row and owners of an area-best 17-3 record.

Nanos, who has been a key contributor for a Wolves team in the hunt for a Fox Valley Conference title, was voted Northwest Herald Athlete of the Week by readers and answered some questions about her big week and more.

What did it mean to you to break the program’s all-time assists record?

Nanos: I honestly had no idea there was even an assists record, so it really caught me off guard. It meant a lot because it showed me that hard work pays off. I couldn’t have done it without my amazing teammates hitting all of their shots.

What has been your favorite game or moment of the season so far?

Nanos: My favorite moment this season was when we won the holiday tournament [the Northern Illinois Holiday Classic]. It was such a confidence booster for us and definitely brought us closer together as a team.

Do you have any rituals or superstitions before you play?

Nanos: I don’t really have any superstitions before games, but I always eat an apple before every game because I have always done that.

Who has had the biggest impact on you as an athlete?

Nanos: My dad has had the biggest impact on me as a basketball player because he was the one who introduced me to the sport and helped me practice when I was growing up. He was definitely the one who helped me discover my love of the game.

What is something you are not good at but you wish you could do well?

Nanos: I have always thought that being able to sing really well would be so fun, but I am not talented in that area.

You just won a million dollars. What is the first thing you would buy?

Nanos: I would probably use some of the money to take my friends and I on a trip all around Europe because we all have always wanted to travel there.

What celebrity would you most like to hang with for a day?

Nanos: I would pick [country singer] Thomas Rhett because I have always loved listening to his music and he seems like the nicest person, so I bet he would be fun to hang out with.

What is the your favorite basketball workout or drill?

Nanos: My favorite basketball drill would probably be “11 man” because the gym gets super loud with everyone talking and cheering, and it’s always a great start to the practice.

Which teammate inspires you?

Nanos: This year all of my teammates inspire me every day to be a better version of myself on and off the court. We have such a great bond between all of us this year and I am so grateful for everyone on the team.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

Nanos: In my free time, I like to hang out with my friends, bake and work out.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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