ACL tear doesn’t deter Smith

Mirror Female Athlete of the Week

Name: Olivia Smith

School: Central

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Softball

Athlete of the week achievement: Smith went 4-for-5, with a three-run homer, and scored four times in a 14-2 win over Cambria Heights in the District 6 Class 3A quarterfinals. She then went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and scored twice in a 10-1 victory over Bald Eagle Area in the semifinals.

Season update: Smith is hitting .435 (27-for-62) with 18 RBIs.

Coach Dale Walters’ quote: “Olivia is a great team leader who has worked her tail off after tearing her ACL in September to get back to playing. She is the girl that sets the table for us. She has continued to get better every year, never settling, always wanting to be the best player she can be for herself and her teammates.”

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Seiler

Favorite subject: Biology

Favorite movie: “Black Panther”

Favorite food: Venison

Favorite song: “When It Rains It Pours” by Luke Combs

Outside interests: Hunting, soccer, lifting

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Sierra Romero

Best athlete I ever competed against: Hollidaysburg’s Mikayla Focht

Most influential person on my athletic career: Central softball coaching staff

Proudest athletic achievement: District 6 softball and soccer championships

How I got my start in softball: Playing Spring Cove youth softball and learning from Jamie Focht

Future goal: Have a successful academic and softball career at Davis & Elkins College in W.Va.

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