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Name: Sydney Routch

School: Hollidaysburg Area

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Soccer

Athlete of the week achievement: Routch delivered two goals and an assist in a 5-1 win over Huntingdon in the District 6 Class 3A semifinals and then set up McKenna Hurd for the game-winner in a 1-0 championship win over Somerset.

Season update: Routch has 22 goals and 10 assists for the 15-4-1 Lady Tigers, who play Moon Area in the PIAA playoffs tonight.

Coach Dave Soellner’s quote: “She brings a lot to the table for us. We have her play multiple positions, and she many times gives us a spark to get us moving. She’s one of those kids who’s going to be able to do well, moving forward playing in college.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Tinker

Favorite Subject: Anatomy

Favorite movie: “Good Will Hunting”

Favorite food: Pasta

Favorite Song: “Whiskey” by Maroon 5

Outside interests: Working out at CORE

Favorite professional team: Cleveland Cavaliers

Pro athlete most admired: Carli Lloyd

Best athlete I’ve competed against: Baldwin’s Alina Stahl

Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad, Mike Routch

Proudest athletic achievement: Earning a Division I soccer scholarship to Duquesne University

How I got my start in soccer: “I watched my sister play AYSO and wanted to play just like her, so my parents signed me up in first grade.”

Future goal: Attend and play soccer at Duquesne and major in physical therapy

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Name: Dominic Daily

School: Hollidaysburg Area

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Soccer

Athlete of the week achievement: Daily collected two goals and an assist in a 4-1 win over Bishop Carroll in the District 6 Class 3A semifinals and then scored two goals in a 5-2 win over Bellefonte in the championship.

Season update: Daily has 16 goals and nine assists for the 12-8 Golden Tigers, who play Montour in the PIAA playoffs tonight.

Coach Craig Shale’s quote: “Dominic’s great play this season has been the result of four years of hard work. He is unselfish and works tirelessly for the good of the team. His speed and ability to get past defenders is what helps him stand out, along with a calmness in front of the goal.”

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Beauchamp

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “Step Brothers”

Favorite food: Chili

Favorite song: “Pursuit of Happiness” by Kid Cudi

Outside interests: Tennis, hanging with my friends

Favorite professional team: FC Barcelona

Favorite college team: Saint Francis Red Flash

Pro athlete most admired: Neymar Jr.

Best athlete I ever competed against: Altoona’s Michael Bartley

Most influential person on my athletic career: My mom

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the District 6 title two years in a row

How I got my start in soccer: “I played a few years when I was younger and stopped around third grade. I got back into soccer in seventh grade and have been playing ever since.”

Future goal: “To live a life where I am truly happy.”

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Name: McKenna Hurd

School: Hollidaysburg Area

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Soccer

Athlete of the week achievement: Hurd scored the first two goals of the game in a 5-1 win over Huntingdon in the District 6 Class 3A semifinals and then scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Somerset in the championship.

Season update: Hurd has 11 goals, 11 assists for the 15-4-1 Lady Tigers, who play Moon in the PIAA playoffs tonight.

Coach Dave Soellner’s quote: “McKenna is one of those players that does not quit. We ask her to do a lot, and she does whatever we need her to. She’s been a team captain for two years and has been a really good leader for us.”

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Watt

Favorite subject: Art

Favorite movie: “Remember the Titans”

Favorite food: Chipotle

Favorite song: “Invincible” by Two Door Cinema Club

Outside interests: Basketball, art

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Penguins

Favorite college team: Pitt

Pro athlete most admired: Luke Rhodes

Best athlete I ever competed against: Sydney Routch and Meghan Cutshall in our scrimmages at practice

Most influential person on my athletic career: My parents and my coaches, Dave Soellner and Shane Reffner

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning back-to-back district championships and beating Somerset on both my senior night and the D6 championship

How I got my start in soccer: “My parents signed me up for AYSO when I was 4.”

Future goal: To attend college and major in art

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