Shope putting in the work

Name: Ryan Shope

School: Altoona

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Football

Athlete of the week achievement: Shope completed 27-of-42 passes for 372 yards and five touchdowns in a 40-37 comeback victory over Peters Township on the road.

Season update: Shope has completed 72-of-124 passes for 786 yards and nine touchdowns for the 2-2 Mountain Lions.

Coach Nick Felus’ quote: “He is one of our senior leaders. He did a great job in the offseason – he had a good summer. He worked hard in the weight room and put time on the field working on his foot skills. He’s done a great job running our offense. Everything was new, and he picked up things quickly.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Adams

Favorite subject: Social Studies

Favorite movie: “Remember the Titans”

Favorite food: Wings

Favorite song: “Lockjaw” by French Montana featuring Kodak Black

Outside interests: Track and field and hanging out with friends

Favorite professional team: New York Yankees

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Drew Brees

Best athlete I ever competed with: Kyle Good

Best athlete I ever competed against:

McKeesport’s Khaleke Hudson

Most influential person on my athletic career: My parents (Ed and Kim)

Proudest athletic achievement: Beating Hempfield last year on senior night

How I got my start in football: “My older brother (Jared) played, and I went to all of his games. And when I got the chance to play, I started playing.”

Future goal: Go to college and get a degree