Yeckley brothers lead Altoona to title

Name: Cam Yeckley

School: Cambria Heights student/Altoona player

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Ice hockey

Athlete of the week achievement: Yeckley scored a short-handed goal and assisted on two others in the Mountain Lions’ 6-3 win over Johnstown in the Laurel Mountain Hockey League championship game.

Season update: Yeckley had 14 goals and 29 assists for the 21-0-1 Mountain Lions.

Coach Don Burgmeier’s quote: “(Cam and brother Cole) are great kids. No matter what we ask them to do, they’d do it. It’s very rare to get a kid to play multiple positions, and those two always had a positive attitude and led by example. They were more than just really skilled players.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Thomas

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Favorite food: Hot wings

Favorite music: Country

Outside interests: Playing Kan Jam and Spikeball

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Penguins

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Phil Kessel

Best athlete I ever competed against: Hollidaysburg’s Ethan Clabaugh

Most influential person on my athletic career: John Reinhardt

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the state championship with the Mid-State Mustangs

How I got my start in ice hockey: “I went to public skating twice, and then I started playing in a league.”

Future goal: Graduate college and get a well-paying job

Name: Cole Yeckley

School: Cambria Heights student/Altoona player

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Ice hockey

Athlete of the week achievement: Yeckley scored two goals and assisted on another in the Mountain Lions’ 6-3 win over Johnstown in the Laurel Mountain Hockey League championship game.

Season update: Yeckley had 15 goals and 13 assists, despite missing seven games with an injury, for the 21-0-1 Mountain Lions.

Coach Don Burgmeier’s quote: “Cole is an effective puck handler. He’s more of an offensive player (than brother Cam). Cam is a better defenseman, a penalty killing matchine. You can really appreciate both of them when you see them on the ice together.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Thomas

Favorite subject: History

Favorite movie: “Land of the Lost”

Favorite food: Chicken and rice

Favorite artist: Post Malone

Outside interests: Fishing

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Penguins

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Matt Duchene

Best athlete I ever competed against: Hollidaysburg’s Ethan Clabaugh

Most influential person on my athletic career: Glen Barbosa and Garrett Barbosa

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the state tournament with the Mid-State Mustangs

How I got my start in ice hockey: “I started playing hockey in my garage and then roller blading in the garage.”

Future goal: Graduate college and get a job

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