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Male Athlete of Week: Ruggery sets the standard at BG

Name: Luke Ruggery

School: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Basketball

Athlete of the week achievement: Ruggery scored 29 points and became the Bishop Guilfoyle boys basketball program’s all-time leading scorer in a 73-56 win over Richland.

Season update: Ruggery is averaging 17.6 points, 6.4 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game for the 15-2 Marauders.

Coach Chris Drenning’s quote: “Luke is the reigning Mirror player of the year, a first-team all-state selection, a Division 1 scholarship athlete and the leading scorer in the history of Bishop Guilfoyle High School. You don’t achieve those milestones without a unique combination of talent and work ethic. He has set a standard in our program for the commitment needed to be a part of it, and holds himself and his teammates accountable to it. His defensive play means as much, or more, to him than what he does on offense, and that is very rare in today’s game. Both on, and more importantly off the court, he’s a great representative of his family, school and coaches.”

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Byrne

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “The Dark Knight”

Favorite food: Italian sub

Favorite song: “Uptown Vibes” by Meek Mill

Outside interests: Fishing, hunting, hanging out with family and friends

Favorite professional team: Philadelphia Eagles

Favorite college team: Virginia Tech

Pro athlete most admired: Steph Curry

Best athlete I ever competed against: Richland’s Caleb Burke

Most influential person on my athletic career: My mom and dad

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference championship and District 6 2A championship

How I got my start in basketball: Clinics in kindergarten at the YMCA in Hollidaysburg

Future goal: Win NEC championship at Saint Francis University and get college degree

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