Female Athlete of Week: Reffner a leader on, off court

Name: Sydney Reffner

School: Everett Area

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Basketball

Athlete of the week achievement: Reffner scored 44 points, grabbed 21 rebounds and had 16 assists combined in wins over Bedford, Chestnut Ridge and Southern Huntingdon.

Season update: Reffner averages 13.5 points, 3.7 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game for the 12-3 Lady Warriors.

Coach Keith Moyer’s quote: “She’s a natural leader in everything she does — on the basketball floor and in school. Her teammates really look up to her.”

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Kline

Favorite subject: Physics

Favorite movie: “Footloose”

Favorite food: Pierogies

Favorite artist: Beyonce

Outside interests: Softball, kayaking, riding bikes

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Pirates

Favorite college team: North Carolina

Pro athlete most admired: Sierra Romero

Best athlete I ever competed against: Bellwood-Antis’ Alli Campbell

Most influential person on my athletic career: Parents (Corey and Mia) and coaches

Proudest athletic achievement: Making first-team all-state and winning the USSSA World Series championship in softball and winning the ICC title in basketball last year.

How I got my start in basketball: “I started in third or fourth grade, and from there I played AAU and for the Everett school team.”

Future goal: Excel at playing softball at the collegiate level (at Shippensburg), and get a marketing degree and good job