Sipes lifting Titans

Name: Darrin Sipes

School: Tussey Mountain

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Football

Athlete of the week achievement: Sipes rushed for 90 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries, caught two passes for 21 yards and returned an interception 63 yards for a touchdown in Tussey’s 42-14 victory over Berlin Brothersvalley in the District 5 Class A championship game.

Season update: Sipes has rushed for 1,602 yards and 20 touchdowns on 161 carries and scored five other TDs for the 11-2 Titans, who will face North Catholic in the PIAA quarterfinals on Friday night.

Coach Josh Smith’s quote: “Darrin is a great team player who uses his strength to benefit the team. He’s easy to coach – he’s a very instinctive player.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Blanchetti

Favorite subject: Gym

Favorite movie: “We’re the Millers”

Favorite food: Cereal

Favorite song: “Love Sosa” by Chief Keef

Outside interests: Ski Club, track and field

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Mike Wallace

Best athlete I ever played with: Daniel Taylor

Best athlete I ever competed against: Northern Bedford’s Tayler Pressel

Most influential person on my athletic career: Coach Blanchetti

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the District 5 Class A football championship

Future goal: To live a happy and successful life