Baumgartner helps Lions

Name: Tanner Baumgartner

School: Altoona

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Volleyball

Athlete of the week achievement: Baumgartner had 37 service points, 59 assists, 36 digs, 34 kills, nine aces and eight blocks in Altoona’s championship run in the Conestoga Valley Buckskins Classic.

Season update: The Mountain Lions lost only two sets out of 13 in the tournament.

Coach John Saboe’s quote: “Tanner has been a tremendous influence. He definitely stepped into his role as a leader. He has matured so much as a player and leader. We have high expectations for him this season.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Saboe

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “Invincible”

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite song: Country music

Outside interests: Any other sports, hanging out with friends

Favorite professional team: Philadelphia Eagles

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: DeSean Jackson

Best athlete I ever played with: Mitchel Snyder

Best athlete I ever competed against: Brett Koelle

Most influential person on my athletic career: My father

Proudest athletic achievement: Going undefeated last year

How I got my start in volleyball: Both my parents played at the collegiate level and I was just brought up with it

Future goal: To do well this season with the team we have