Female Athlete of Week: Stouffer peaking for Lady Lions

Name: Marissa Stouffer

School: Altoona Area

Age: 15

Grade: Freshman

Sport: Gymnastics

Athlete of the week achievement: Stouffer won the all-around title with a 35.875 in leading the Lady Lions to the team championship of the Central Pa. Gymnastics League Meet. She won the bars, finished second on the beam and floor and was third in the vault.

Season update: Stouffer and the Lady Lions will compete in the Pa. Classic at Moon Township in the Gold Division on Feb. 23-24.

Coach Mark Biseli’s quote: “Marissa is one of our freshmen who came up to the team, and she’s been working hard all year. She’s was out for a little while, and she’s starting to peak right now. She’s really motivated and wants to do well.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Wharton

Favorite subject: English

Favorite movie: “Miracles From Heaven”

Favorite food: Mac and cheese

Favorite artist: Tenth Avenue North

Outside interests: Riding four-wheelers

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Simone Biles

Best athlete I ever competed against: Altoona’s Alexis Whysong

Most influential person on my athletic career: Dawn Litzinger

Proudest athletic achievement: Qualifying for regionals in Level 8 in 2015

How I got my start in gymnastics: “My mom (Jeannine) and dad (Mark) got me into the sport.”

Future goal: To get a full scholarship to college in gymnastics