Hershberger gives it her all

Name: Leah Hershberger

School: Northern Bedford County

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Basketball

Athlete of the week achievement: Hershberger scored 16 points in a win over Central, 17 points in a victory over Fannett-Metal and 16 in a triumph over Everett.

Season update: Hershberger is averaging 16.1 points, 2.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game for the 15-6 Lady Panthers.

Coach Todd Eckenroad’s quote: “Leah’s definitely made a tremendous impact on our program. This year, she moved to point guard from being a No. 2 and has made a good transition. She stepped right in with no complaints. She is definitely a leader and always gives us 150 percent.”

Favorite teacher: My mom, Yvonne Hershberger

Favorite subject: Reading

Favorite movie: “Secretariat”

Favorite food: Lasagna

Favorite song: “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes

Outside interests: Track and field, dairy farming, Bedford County Dairy Princess

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Penn St.

Pro athlete most admired: Hines Ward

Best athlete I ever played with: Alyssa Smith

Best athlete I ever competed against: Everett’s Aubrea Phipps

Most influential person on my athletic career: My parents, Ross and Yvonne, my brothers, Heath and Ridge, and Daniel Sollenberger

Proudest athletic achievement: Reaching the 1,000-point mark this season, making it to the District 5 championship game as a sophomore and winning the District 5 long jump championship as a sophomore.

How I got my start in basketball: “I started playing at the Garver YMCA in fourth grade in a co-ed league.”

Future goal: “I’d like to make it to the [District 5 Class A] championship game this year, go to Penn State, get a degree in Animal Science and trust God with the rest of my future.”