Female Athlete of Week: B-A’s Leidig ‘dream kid’ to coach
Name: Emilie Leidig
Athlete of the week achievement: Leidig tied a school record with eight 3-pointers and scored a game-high 28 points in leading Bellwood-Antis to a 70-50 win over Windber in the PIAA Class 2A playoffs.
Season update: Leidig is averaging 12.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game.
Coach Jim Swaney’s quote: “Emilie is a dream kid to coach and someone that every winning program needs. She is a very good player, and even if she is not scoring, she is someone who can make a positive impact on the game just by working hard on defense and creating for her teammates. Em is a very good leader and is very well respected among, not just her teammates, but other teams’ players as well.
Favorite teacher: Mrs. Stinson
Favorite subject: Math
Favorite movie: “The Notebook”
Favorite food: Chick-fil-A
Favorite song: “We Gon be Alright” by Joyner Lucas
Outside interests: Hanging out with family and friends
Favorite professional team: Steelers
Favorite college team: Penn State
Pro athlete most admired: Steph Curry
Best athlete I ever competed against: Juniata Valley’s Halee Smith
Most influential person on my athletic career: My father
Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the state championship
How I got my start in basketball: Scott Crider and playing in leagues at the Northern Blair Rec Center
Future goal: Win two more state championships and pursue basketball in college