Fandom: Shelly Rapp

Name: Shelly Rapp

Age: 39

Residence: Altoona

High school: Altoona, graduate of 1991

College: Mount Aloysius

My favorite sport: Basketball

I usually attend games with: My friends

Favorite high school team: Tyrone

Favorite college team: Duke

Favorite pro team: Miami Heat

My favorite sports memory: When Nicole Gripp hit a 3-pointer to help the Tyrone girls basketball team beat Central two years ago to go to the playoffs.

The local athlete I’ve most enjoyed watching while growing up: Chris O’Connor

My all-time favorite local coach: Tom Lane (my uncle)

The most famous athlete I ever met: Patrick Ewing

My most prized autograph or picture is of: An autograph from Patrick Ewing. I once met him when I was a little girl with my family in an airport in Atlanta.

If I have a claim to fame as a fan, it would be: I was on a Junior Olympics basketball team from this area that made it to the final round in Mississippi.

If I were the CZAR of local sports, the one rule I would enforce would be: That athletics at a young age should be about learning the fundamentals first and having fun second – and that winning comes after that.

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