Name: Maria Snyder
School: Northern Bedford
Athlete of the week achievement: Snyder won the District 5 Class A singles tennis championship.
Season update: Snyder, who plays as an independent because NBC does not have a tennis team, went 3-0 in the tournament.
Coach Brian Denis' quote: "She has worked exteremly hard in the last year. [Snyder] played last year in the District 5 tournament and lost in the semifinals, and she made it her goal from that day on to win the District 5 championship. She has dedicated her life to getting better through many tennis lessons, and has put in a lot of time, and has been rewarded."
Favorite teacher: Mrs. Bowser
Favorite subject: Pre-calculus
Favorite movie: "The Parent Trap"
Favorite food: Gnocchi
Favorite song: "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO
Outside interests: Running cross country and track
Favorite college team: PSU
Pro athlete most admired: Brian Sell
Best athlete I ever played with: Hollidaysburg's Mariah Turiano
Best athlete I ever competed against: Hollidaysburg graduate Megan Bettwy
Most influential person on my athletic career: Amanda and Coach Brian Denis, my parents and my brother, Matt
Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the District 5 tennis title this year and medaling at states in cross country last year, and placing second in the 3200 at states last year in track.
How I got my start in tennis: Played rallyball at tennis camp in Martinsburg
Future goal: To go to college and run cross country and track.