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Athlete of Week: Claar a ‘true leader’ for Claysburg

Name: Emily Claar

School: Claysburg-Kimmel

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Softball

Athlete of the week achievement: Claar went 8-for-17 with four RBIs and seven runs as the Lady Bulldogs beat Bellwood-Antis, 6-4, Southern Huntingdon, 13-4, and West Branch, 5-4, before falling to West Branch, 4-3, in eight innings. She also had a home run and collected her 100th career hit.

Season update: Leadoff hitter Claar is batting .457 (16-for-35) with two home runs and five RBIs and has scored 19 runs for the 8-2 Lady Bulldogs.

Coach Mike Barbarini’s quote: “She is a true leader. Her work ethic improves everyone around her. They follow her lead — everybody works hard because she works hard.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Walter

Favorite movie: “The Longest Ride”

Favorite food: Buffalo chicken and ice cream

Favorite Song: “Good Old Days” by Macklemore featuring Kesha

Outside interests: Running, being outdoors, FBLA

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Tiger Woods

Best athlete I ever competed against: Bellwood-Antis’ Alli Campbell

Most influential person on my athletic career: My parents and Coach Barbarini

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the D6 softball championship and making it to the PIAA semifinals

How I got my start in softball: “I started playing in our local little league when I was 5 years old.”

Future goal: Attend Saint Francis University to become a physician’s assistant

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