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Athlete of the Week

Mirror awards to cap year in special way

For as long as I have been at this newspaper, the day of the Altoona Mirror Athlete of the Year Banquet has always been a memorable one. Whether it has involved donning a suit to help give out awards, rushing back from covering a playoff game to make the banquet or being the only one left in ...

Leidig’s winning attitude noticed

Name: Emilie Leidig School: Bellwood-Antis Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Leidig scored 22 points while connecting on four 3-pointers in Bellwood’s 83-54 victory over Redbank Valley in the PIAA Class 2A second round. Season update: Leidig ...

McDannell breeds success for BC

Name: Tristan McDannell School: Bishop Carroll Catholic Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: McDannell hit three free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining to lift Bishop Carroll to a 52-51 win over Shade in the PIAA Class 1A second round. He finished ...

Lions’ Perea total team player

Name: Caranda Perea School: Altoona Age: 18 Grade: 12 Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Scored 21 points, had eight blocks and eight rebounds in Altoona’s 60-54 overtime win over Mount Lebanon in the first round of the state playoffs. Season update: She is ...

Effort paying off for McMillen

Name: Brock McMillen School: Glendale Age: 17 Grade: 11 Sport: Wrestling Athlete of the week achievement: McMillen captured his second state title this past Saturday with a 5-1 win over Burrell’s Ian Oswalt in the 132-pound Class 2A championship match at Hershey’s Giant Center. ...

BG’s Haigh becoming a leader

Name: Teresa Haigh School: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Age: 17 Grade: Junior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Haigh buried nine 3-pointers and scored a game-high 36 points as BG clinched a spot in the interdistricts with a 74-51 win over Homer-Center in the District 6 ...

Cassidy’s goal nothing but gold

Name: Kaden Cassidy School: Bedford Area Age: 19 Grade: Senior Sport: Wrestling Athlete of the week achievement: Cassidy earned his third PIAA Class 2A Southwest Regional wrestling title with a 6-0 decision over Saint Joseph’s Academy’s Zack Witmer in the finals at 138 pounds. ...

Weaver big part of 10-0 year

Name: Gracie Weaver School: Altoona Area Age: 16 Grade: Sophomore Sport: Gymnastics Athlete of the week achievement: Weaver won the vault, bars, beam, floor and all-around in the Central Pennsylvania Gymnastics League championship meet on Saturday. She led Altoona to its ninth ...

Hard work pays off for Horton

Name: Hunter Horton School: Tussey Mountain Age: 16 Grade: Junior Sport: Wrestling Athlete of the week achievement: Horton won the 126-pound weight class and was named the outstanding wrestler at the District 5 Class 2A Tournament at Richland High School. Horton beat top-seeded Ross ...

Parker part of Eagles’ success

Name: Jaida Parker School: Tyrone Area Age: 16 Grade: Sophomore Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Parker scored 13 points in a 65-19 win over Philipsburg-Osceola, had 19 points in a 47-44 Mountain League title clinching win over Central and added 22 points in a 61-52 win ...

McKeirnan not just an athlete

Name: Conor McKeirnan School: Hollidaysburg Area Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Swimming Athlete of the week achievement: McKeirnan won the 50-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly in a 90-77 win over Indiana, and he won the 100 free and 200 free in a 98-10 victory over Mifflin ...

Athlete of Week: Witherspoon makes ‘great strides’

Name: Jessiah Witherspoon School: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Age: 17 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Witherspoon scored 30 points in a 77-52 victory over Bedford and had 29 points in a 65-52 win over Bishop Carroll. Season update: Witherspoon averages ...

Athlete of Week: Metzger unselfish leader on court

Name: Kylie Metzger School: Central Age: 17 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Metzger scored 22 points and had nine rebounds and three steals in a 45-37 win over Huntingdon and had 19 points in 19 minutes in a 71-24 victory over Philipsburg-Osceola. ...

Athlete of Week: Dubler making name for himself

Name: Suds Dubler School: Glendale Age: 15 Grade: Sophomore Sport: Wrestling Athlete of the week achievement: Dubler won the 126-pound championship and repeated as champion in the Grove City Fred Bell Tournament, while also leading his team to a second straight team title. He also won ...

Athlete of Week: Miller’s love of game paying off

Name: Marin Miller School: Hollidaysburg Area Age: 15 Grade: Sophomore Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Miller fired in a game-high 32 points in a key 60-48 victory over Portage and made 13-of-14 free throws in the game. She also scored 21 points in a win over ...

Maxwell more than hoop star

Name: Kaitlyn Maxwell School: Everett Area Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Maxwell had 25 points, seven steals and five assists in a win over Forbes Road and had 33 points and eight rebounds in a key win over Tussey Mountain. Season update: ...

Burk strong both off, on court

Name: Nolan Burk School: Bishop Carroll Catholic Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Burk averaged 20.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists in victories over Bishop McCort, Central Cambria and Forest Hills. Season update: Burk is averaging ...

Athlete of Week: Versatile Charles ‘special player’

Name: P.J. Charles School: Altoona Area Age: 17 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Charles scored 20 points, including 14 in the second half, and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Mountain Lions’ 53-48 victory over county rival Hollidaysburg. Season update: ...

Athlete of Week: Smith a ‘dream’ player to coach

Name: Halee Smith School: Juniata Valley Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Smith had 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting, three rebounds and four assists in a blowout win over West Branch, and she had 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting with seven rebounds in a ...

Athlete of Week: CK’s Hartman all-around player

Name: Megan Hartman School: Claysburg-Kimmel Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Hartman scored 20 points in Claysburg’s rout of Northern Bedford, and she scored a game-high 25 points in a romp over Moshannon Valley. Season update: Hartman averages ...