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Nick Zachery is a senior at Sheridan High School. In addition to being a three sport athlete, Zachery has played quarterback for the Blackhawks since his freshman year, leading SHS to a 54-3 record during those four years. Zachery and the Blackhawks will face Pioneer in the Regional Championship Friday as they continue their quest for a fourth consecutive 1A state football title.

Q What is the best part of playing quarterback for Sheridan High School and for Coach Bud Wright?


Being able to play under the best coach in the state is an honor and privilege and playing with all your buddies and having a lot of success is a great reward. That's probably the best part about it.

Q Do you have any superstitions or rituals you do before, during or after an athletic event?


I talk to a good friend about the game, I get a massage and my ankles taped at 4 p.m. Then at 5 p.m. I go out to kick.

QYou were offered several athletic scholarships from various colleges; what made you decide on Indiana University?


Just the scenery down there and the coaching staff. The coaching staff is a great group of guys and I believe Coach Lynch has what it takes to turn around their program and I want to be part of that.

QDo you know what you want to major in at IU?


I am thinking of majoring in political science.

Q Since you are now 18 and voting for the first time, how interested in politics have you become?


I am very interested in politics and have been following what is happing in the presidential election.

Q Who is your favorite musician and song?


Ryan Adams is probably my favorite musician and I really dig all of his music.

Q What is your favorite aspect of volunteering/coaching in the Special Olympics?


Just being able to teach and work with the kids is a blast. They have so much energy and are a lot of fun to be around.

This interview was conducted by Robert Herrington. Contact him at rherrington@thetimes24-7.com.