McAlkich eyeing up golf for his future

Name: Derek McAlkich

School: Altoona

Age: 16

Grade: Junior

Sport: Golf

Athlete of the week achievement: McAlkich shot a 158 to take medalist honors in the District 6 Class 3A boys championships and lead the Mountain Lions to the team title

Season update: McAlkich’s season scoring average is 76.68. He’s been medalist 11 times. Altoona finished the dual-meet season 11-0.

Coach Erick Kozak’s quote: “Derek’s a very good player who has the potential to score low any round he plays. It was very rewarding to watch him come from behind to win the district championship. He’s actually fired a couple of under-par rounds this year, so I knew he had the potential to do something special at districts.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Gilbert

Favorite subject: English

Favorite movie: “Happy Gilmore”

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite song: Hip hop

Outside interests: Basketball with my friends, hanging out with my family

Favorite professional team: Oklahoma City Thunder

Favorite college team: Syracuse

Pro athlete most admired: Jordan Spieth

Best athlete I ever competed against: Altoona teammate Nic Urchick

Most influential person on my athletic career: My mom and dad, Valerie and Michael

Proudest athletic achievement: “Winning districts for team and individual.”

How I got my start in golf: “My uncle showed me some things when I was 3 years old.”

Future goal: “To go to Division I college and play golf there.”