Kate Turvy has won 59 consecutive tennis matches and two state titles, Darcy Fishback has won multiple state swimming championship events, Rufus Walls earned a state title in track, Alissa Birkhimer pitched her team to a state championship in softball, Aaron Siekmann is one of Ohio's best young golfers, Emilee Harmon is considered an all-American in girls basketball, Jamie Wood and Zach Boren are headed to Ohio State to play football and Phillip Diaz joined his younger brother to win the state tennis title in doubles.

Kate Turvy has won 59 consecutive tennis matches and two state titles, Darcy Fishback has won multiple state swimming championship events, Rufus Walls earned a state title in track, Alissa Birkhimer pitched her team to a state championship in softball, Aaron Siekmann is one of Ohio's best young golfers, Emilee Harmon is considered an all-American in girls basketball, Jamie Wood and Zach Boren are headed to Ohio State to play football and Phillip Diaz joined his younger brother to win the state tennis title in doubles.

So what advice do these elite student-athletes want to pass on to a younger student who is beginning their sport? Here are their suggestions.

•Philip Diaz (Watterson boys tennis): "Maintain a good, positive mental attitude throughout your whole experience. The more positively you think, the more beneficial practice will be and the better you will be at your sport."

•Zach Boren (Pickerington Central football): "Always give 110 percent on whatever you do. Practice, lifting and games should all have the same amount of effort put into it."

•Emilee Harmon (Pickerington Central girls basketball): "I would tell a young person to just work hard and give it everything they have. It is important to enjoy what you are doing or it eventually will become a job for you. Things will not always go your way, but never give up."

•Alissa Birkhimer (Lakewood softball): "There is a lot of hard work involved, but remember that true success comes with hard work and perseverance."

•Darcy Fishback (Upper Arlington girls swimming): "For a young swimmer, technique is everything. Work on and perfect technique before even thinking about speed. You can't build a sturdy house on a bad foundation. Also, swimming demands a lot of work for little payback. Keep patient and never give up."

•Aaron Siekmann (Dublin Jerome boys golf): "The best advice I can give to someone starting the game of golf is that you have to be willing to make sacrifices and work hard every day to make it as far as you want. There are thousands of kids just like you and you have to find a way to set yourself apart. Most importantly, make sure you are enjoying the process. No matter how much work you put in, if you are not happy you will end up hating it in the end."

•Jamie Wood (Pickerington Central football): "Give it all you've got. You can't knock a person who is giving their best whether they are successful or not."

•Rufus Walls (Hartley track and field): "Having fun is the most important aspect of sports for me. As I have progressed up through high school, the further along I got, the more serious and competitive the sports have become. Win or lose, I strive to have personal satisfaction and fun."

•Kate Turvy (Dublin Coffman girls tennis): "Make sure you are starting the sport because you absolutely love it. It is nearly impossible to reach your potential if you don't feel passion when you play. You have to make some sacrifices to improve, but it will be well worth it if it's something you love."

Next week the student-athletes tell us who their best role model is.

I'll see you at a game.