Male Athlete of Week: Labriola having ‘tremendous’ year

Name: A.J. Labriola

School: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Basketball

Athlete of the week achievement: Labriola scored 19 points in a 67-61 win over Central Cambria, had 17 in a 63-46 victory over Bishop Carroll and had 19 in a 77-44 win over Cambria Heights.

Season update: Labriola is averaging 15.9 points per game for the 16-5 Marauders.

Coach Chris Drenning’s quote: “A.J.’s worked really hard on his game, especially in making his outside shot a more consistent weapon. He’s as athletic as any player I’ve coached — he’s terrific around the rim. He’s having a tremendous senior season.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Griffith

Favorite subject: History

Favorite movie: “Coach Carter”

Favorite food: Mike’s Court roast beef sandwich

Favorite song: “God’s Plan” by Drake

Outside interests: Golf, playing poker

Favorite professional team: Boston Celtics

Favorite college team: North Carolina basketball

Pro athlete most admired: Michael Jordan

Best athlete I ever competed against: Church Farm’s Jon Bol Ajak

Most influential person on my athletic career: My coach, my grandfather (Tony Labriola) and father (Jay Labriola)

Proudest athletic achievement: Achieving the goal of playing college basketball next year (walking on at Saint Francis)

How I got my start in basketball: “I started with Coach (John) Swogger at clinics — my dad took me there.”

Future goal: Win an NEC championship at Saint Francis and make it to March Madness

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