Female Athlete of Week: Smith helps change culture at JV

Name: Halee Smith

School: Juniata Valley

Age: 17

Grade: Junior

Sport: Basketball

Athlete of the week achievement: Smith scored 27 points, had seven rebounds and five assists for Juniata Valley in a victory over Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic. She went over the 1,000-point mark for her career in the game.

Season update: Smith is averaging 25.3 points per game through three games.

Coach Rachelle Hopsicker’s quote: “It was appropriate that she hit a 3-pointer for her 1,000th point, because she worked so hard on her shot. When she came into our program, we had not won a playoff game in a few years, and she’s helped to change the culture of our program.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Smith

Favorite subject: Chemistry

Favorite movie: Harry Potter series

Favorite food: Buffalo chicken dip

Favorite song: “Eastside” by Khalid

Outside interests: Volleyball, track and hanging out with friends

Favorite professional team: Golden State Warriors

Pro athlete most admired: Michael Jordan

Best athlete I ever competed against: Bellwood-Antis’ Alli Campbell

Most influential person on my athletic career: My parents, Mike and Anita

Proudest athletic achievement: Making it to the state championship two years in a row and winning nationals with my CPA Dynamite team.

How I got my start in basketball: My parents were my coaches, and I played in a community center league in Huntingdon.

Future goal: I want to go Division I in college for basketball.


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