Jenna Hoffstadt – Indy writer
A few of my colleagues at The Indy are sports focused, inspiring me to write my own sports article. However, this one has a different spin than you might be used to. My knowledge of most sports ends with a physical analysis of the athletes themselves. Being new to the sports world, I decided to start small and concentrate on local sports.
Illinois State Athletics is gaining attention from their recent appearances at national competitions in addition to making this reporter’s heart skip a beat. Seriously, we have some heartthrob athletes here at ISU. After consulting with my female peers, we compiled a list of the hottest ISU male athletes. To be fair, we chose at least one athlete from each team…which was difficult for a couple of them. With #1 being the hottest, here we go.
10) Kyle Meihofer, Golf
A fiery redhead with a serious put-face, Kyle Meihofer is a junior on the men’s golf team. Kyle is a little short for my taste but he likes to get friendly with alligators and can rock a pair of sunglasses. A guy who loves animals is always a plus.
9) Ryan Bybee, Cross Country
I’m not much for runners because they tend to be skinnier than me but Ryan Bybee has a sweet smile. Bybee is a senior Cross Country 8K runner with a personal best time of 25:54. After some research, we found out there is a dentist in Nevada with the same name, which explains the pearly whites.
8) Andreas Boers, Tennis
To be honest, I did not know we had a competitive tennis team. Six out of the nine on the roster are from different countries, including Andreas Boers. Boers is from Holte, Denmark making him a Dutch hunk. The first thing I notice from his pictures on the roster are his major calf muscles. Defined muscles are a big deal for me.
7) Demetri Alimissis, Track & Field
This senior Track & Field star will do a long jump into your heart. Demetri Alimissis has beautiful eyes and a fun-loving attitude. Seriously… did someone replace his eyeballs with diamonds? He also has the perfect amount of scruff in his headshot.
6) Jack Spicer, Baseball
Jack Spicer: This one may be a little biased because I know Jack Spicer from high school. Spicer is the definition of a clean-cut man who can pull off flannels. A tall guy with a positive attitude is all it takes to get my attention. He’s a pitcher, ladies.
5) James Graham, Football
James Graham was a walk-on from Chicago but he’ll run into your heart. He’s good with children and has a smile that will light up your world. Graham’s Twitter pictures show the 6-pack hiding under that jersey.
4) Egehan Sertkaya, Tennis
Straight outta Istanbul, Turkey, Egehan Sertkaya is a freshman on the ISU tennis team. Most of the tennis team rocks a headband but Sertkaya takes it to a whole ‘nother level. Like Barney from How I Met Your Mother, he can also rock a nice suit.
3) Nick Banyard, Basketball
Do I even have to explain this one? Tall, dark and handsome don’t even begin to describe this athlete. I like a little personality in my guys and Banyard displays his with the frosted tips. Basketball players have perfect arms and Banyard is no exception. I’d take a hug from that any day.
2) Anthony Warrum, Football
Another moment of honesty, I passed over Anthony Warrum during my first look over the football roster. After some consultation, my friend opened my heart to the senior wide receiver. Come for the All-American stats and stay for the boyish charm. Great hair, over 6 feet tall and a sweet smile… Warrum has it all.
1) Justin McCloud, Basketball
Justin McCloud is a gift from God to the ladies of ISU. The senior point guard from North Dakota is flawless. McCloud has a perfect body and lightly tousled chocolate brown hair. Whenever I catch a glimpse of #15, I’m on McCloud 9.
This list was compiled with a few of my female peers but I ultimately had the final say. If you are a male athlete at ISU and think you were mistakenly looked over, please contact me for further analysis. No, sports clubs don’t count.
Disclaimer: I apologize for any of the problems this article may cause between the athletes and their girlfriends.