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Cavender shows off power

Mirror Female Athlete of the Week

Name: Harleigh Cavender

School: Claysburg-Kimmel

Age: 16

Grade: Sophomore

Sport: Softball

Athlete of the week achievement: Cavender went 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBIs in a 6-4 victory over Williamsburg in the District 6 Class 1A quarterfinals. She then went 3-for-4 with a home run, double, three runs and four RBIs in a 20-4 victory over Portage in the semifinals.

Season update: Cavender is hitting .515 (34-for-66) with seven homers, 37 runs and 44 RBIs for the 18-4 Lady Bulldogs, who play Glendale in the district final on Thursday.

Coach Mike Barbarini’s quote: “Harleigh is a very talented young leader of our team. She is highly dedicated to become the best she can be. I look forward very much to working with such a talented athlete in the years to come.”

Favorite teacher: Ms. Black

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “The Benchwarmers”

Favorite food: Chicken Alfredo

Favorite song: “Talk” by Khalid

Outside interests: Travel softball, shopping

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Pirates

Favorite college team: Alabama

Pro athlete most admired: Sierra Romero

Best athlete I ever competed against: Williamsburg’s Elizabeth Frederick

Most influential person on my athletic career: My parents (Tony and Julie) and all of my softball coaches

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the District 6 Class 1A softball championship as a freshman

How I got my start in softball: “I started playing with the Claysburg Little League when I was 6 years old.”

Future goal: Play college softball and become a nurse

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