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Hannah Mercer: IUP?softball

College signing

November 15, 2012
The Altoona Mirror

Name: Hannah Mercer

High school: Hollidaysburg

Hometown: Hollidaysburg

Sport: Softball

Position: Shortstop, second base

College choice: Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Other colleges considered: Marist, Lock Haven, Siena, Ashland

Why I picked IUP: "I was told I need to pick a college regardless of softball. IUP has everything I was looking for in a college, and Coach [Bill] Graham runs an amazing softball program. The second I stepped on campus, I knew I wanted to go there.''

Greatest high school achievement: "Winning back-to-back District 6-AAA basketball championships.''

Coach Mike Harris' quote: "Hannah is one of the best softball players to come out of Hollidaysburg. She is consistently a hard worker and a great kid with a great attitude. She's a team leader. Her fielding is phenomenal. Most look at her hitting stats, but she made plays in the field that aren't going to be seen around here for a long time.''

How I got my start playing softball: "I played tee ball and little league with the boys until I was 12, then I made the switch to softball with the Altoona Express.''

Favorite college growing up: Penn State

Other interests: Basketball, hanging out with friends, going to the beach

What getting to play in college means to me: "All of my hard work had paid off, and I get to continue doing what I love.''

Probable college major: Marketing

Parents: Don and Barb Mercer

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