Name: Kayla Bates
School: Bishop Guilfoyle
Athlete of the week achievement: Bates scored 10 points in the Lady Marauders’ 47-26 PIAA Class A first-round victory over Johnsonburg.
Season update: Bates averages 10.2 points per game for the 25-2 Lady Marauders, who play Serra Catholic in the second round on Wednesday.
Coach Mark Moschella’s quote: “Kayla has shown great leadership the entire year. She is just doing an excellent job running the offense for our team.”
Favorite teacher: Senora Brumbaugh
Favorite subject: Math
Favorite movie: “Pitch Perfect”
Favorite food: Seafood
Favorite song: “Recover” by Eli Young Band
Outside interests: Shop-ping, hanging out with friends
Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Favorite college team: Mount St. Mary’s
Pro athlete most admired: No preference
Best athlete I ever played with: Alli Williams and Halee Adams
Best athlete I ever competed against: Sierra Moore from Delone Catholic
Most influential person on my athletic career: My parents and my brother
Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the state title my freshman year being runner-up my sophomore year and being named last year’s Altoona Mirror Player of the Year.
How I got my start in basketball: “Dad got me involved when I was 5 or 6 years old.”
Future goal: Go to college, play basketball and have a successful career