Name: Billy Beard
School: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic
Athlete of the week achievement: Beard struck out 12 and fired a three-hitter to help BG top Penns Manor, 5-1, in the first round of the District 6 Class A baseball playoffs. He also went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs in a regular-season rout of Bellwood-Antis.
Season update: Beard is hitting .490 with two home runs and 14 RBIs. He is also 3-4 as a pitcher.
Coach Bill Wolf's quote: "He's been a consistent hitter all year for us, and pitching-wise, the last two outings he's done great. He's really come on as a pitcher.''
Favorite teacher: Mr. Sutton
Favorite subject: Honors Spanish
Favorite movie: "Dazed and Confused''
Favorite food: My mom's ziti bake
Favorite song: "All My Life'' by Foo Fighters
Outside interests: Hanging out with friends and family
Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Favorite college team: Penn State
Pro athlete most admired: Andrew McCutchen
Best athlete I ever played with: Andy Lytle
Best athlete I ever competed against: Drew McCabe
Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad, Bill
Proudest athletic achievement: "Being a part of the baseball playoffs my freshman year.''
How I got my start in baseball: "I started in T-ball.''
Future goal: "Winning District 6.''