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Mirror Athlete of the Week: Smith delivering for Central

Name: Hunter Smith

School: Central

Age: 15

Grade: Freshman

Sport: Baseball

Athlete of the week achievement: Smith finished the week 3-for-7 with a home run, double and a pair of RBIs in Central’s two state playoff victories. He also scored four runs and held on to the ball during two collisions at first base during the Dragons’ 12-8 win over South Park.

Season update: Smith is hitting .394 with 25 RBIs and 31 runs scored while serving as the primary cleanup hitter for Central this year.

Coach A.J. Hoenstine’s quote: “He’s a very talented athlete who has just gotten better as the year has gone. To hit No. 4 for us and do what he’s done is pretty special. He’s come through with some big hits, especially in the playoffs, and hopefully he can continue to do that a couple more games.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Roberts

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “Semi-Pro”

Favorite food: Hamburger

Favorite song: “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” by Toby Keith

Outside interests: Hanging out with friends and having a good time

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Neil Walker

Best athlete I ever competed against: Bedford’s Mercury Swaim

Most influential person on my athletic career: My parents, Kim and Monte Smith

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning District 6 in baseball and football

How I got my start in baseball: “My dad got me into it when I was little.”

Future goal: To play college baseball somewhere

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