Male Athlete of Week: Ruggery’s work ethic big for BG

Name: Luke Ruggery

School: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic

Age: 17

Grade: Junior

Sport: Basketball

Athlete of the week achievement: Ruggery buried seven 3-pointers and scored 24 points to help BG win its opening-round PIAA Class 2A playoff game, 80-45, over Brockway.

Season update: Ruggery is averaging 21 points per game for the 22-5 Marauders, who play Constitution in the PIAA second round on Wednesday.

Coach Chris Drenning’s quote: “Luke’s work ethic is incredible. He’s put countless hours in and tens of thousands of shots to play at the level he’s at now. He’s a great teammate, and we’re lucky to have him as part of our program.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Lanier

Favorite subject: Biology

Favorite movie: “Get Out”

Favorite food: Spaghetti

Favorite song: “Paramedic!” by SOB x RBE featuring Kendrick Lamar and Zacari

Outside interests: Fishing, hunting, hanging out with family

Favorite professional team: Cleveland Cavaliers

Favorite college team: Saint Francis

Pro athlete most admired: Kyrie Irving

Best athlete I ever competed against: Sewickley Academy’s Isiah Warfield

Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad (Jay) and mom (Regina)

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the District 6 and Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference championships this year

How I got my start in basketball: “I started in kindergarten with my dad taking me to the Hollidaysburg YMCA for clinics.”

Future goal: “Go as far as we can this year and win (a Northeast Conference) championship at Saint Francis.”