Athlete of Week: Holesa ‘a great leader’ this year for Bearcats

Name: Nick Holesa

School: Huntingdon Area

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Baseball

Athlete of the week achievement: Holesa went 4-for-8 with a home run, two doubles, five RBIs and three runs scored in a doubleheader sweep of Tyrone.

Season update: Holesa is hitting .400 with a slugging percentage of .850 for the 12-0 Bearcats. He has five doubles, five triples, one homer and 15 RBIs.

Coach George Zanic’s quote: “Nick has led us offensively since his freshman year, and he’s turned into a great leader this year. It’s been tough this year for him because he’s always been one of our top pitchers. He’s not pitching because he won’t be in college, and his future college (Virginia Tech) thought it be best if he didn’t pitch.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Oswald

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “The Fast and the Furious”

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite music: Rap

Outside interests: Playing basketball and football with friends

Favorite professional team: New York Yankees

Favorite college team: Virginia Tech

Pro athlete most admired: Derek Jeter

Best athlete I ever competed against: Penn Cambria’s Mason Ronan

Most influential person on my athletic career: My uncle, George Goodling

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning MVP of Curve Classic, being named Perfect Game USA second-team All-American

How I got my start in baseball: “Watching my cousins, Brady and Brock Goodling, play.”

Future goal: To play baseball at Virginia Tech and become an anesthesiologist

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