Rigby helps ’Cats win title

Mirror Male Athlete of the Week

Name: Nick Rigby

School: Huntingdon Area

Age: 17

Grade: Junior

Sport: Basketball

Athlete of the week achievement: Rigby scored 20 points in a District 6 Class 4A semifinal win over Central. He then collected 20 points and 12 rebounds in a 65-48 championship win over Johnstown.

Season update: Rigby averages 18 points and 8.3 rebounds per game for the Bearcats. He has 987 career points.

Coach Nick Payne’s quote: “Nick’s passion and work ethic for basketball is off the charts. He is by far the hardest working player that I have coached. He is the first one in the gym and the last one leaving the gym. His dedication and commitment to honing his skills has led to his own personal achievements as well as the team’s success.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Baer

Favorite subject: Pre-calculus

Favorite movie: “Glory Road”

Favorite food: Grilled chicken

Favorite song: “Dreams and Nightmares” by Meek Mill

Outside interests: Hanging out with friends, working out, watching sports, helping coach my brother

Favorite professional team: Cleveland Cavaliers

Favorite college team: Kentucky basketball

Pro athlete most admired: LeBron James

Best athlete I ever competed against: Clearfield’s Will Myers

Most influential person on my athletic career: My father (Roy Rigby), coach Nick Payne, coach Matt Orenshaw

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the District 6 4A championship this year.

How I got my start in basketball: “I started playing at the Huntingdon Community Center when I was in second grade.”

Future goal: “To attend a college where I can continue my basketball career, while obtaining a quality education.”