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Male Athlete of Week: Yingling ‘great example’ for B-A

Name: Mason Yingling

School: Bellwood-Antis

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Basketball

Athlete of the week achievement: Yingling had 32 points, five assists and three steals in an 80-60 win over Claysburg-Kimmel and had 40 points, six rebounds and three steals in an 85-62 win over Williamsburg. In the two games, he shot 20-of-31 from the field, including 10-of-13 from 3-point range.

Season update: Yingling leads Bellwood-Antis (8-5) with a 19.6 scoring average. He also averages 2.8 assists per game and is shooting 42 percent from 3-point range.

Coach Kevin Conlon’s quote: “Mason is a great example of hard work paying off. He has consistently been in the gym working on his game over the past two years that I’ve coached him, and all that work is showing. I challenged him this offseason to become a leader and to really improve, and he went out and played AAU for the first time and worked hard all summer. When he is playing with positive energy and confidence, he can be one of the best shooters in the area.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Bill Crowell

Favorite subject: English

Favorite movie: “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith”

Favorite food: Anything cooked by my grandmother (Carol Yingling)

Favorite song: “Feelings Mutual” by Lil Uzi Vert

Outside interests: Listening to music, hanging out with friends

Favorite professional team: Boston Celtics

Favorite college team: Duke

Pro athlete most admired: Kobe Bryant

Best athlete I ever competed against: Juniata Valley’s Cameron Collins

Most influential person on my athletic career: Coaches Conlon, Gerwert and Fleegle, teammates, grandfather (Jim Yingling)

Proudest athletic achievement: Defeating Hollidaysburg in Tyrone’s Christmas tournament and being selected as an all-tournament team player

How I got my start in basketball: “In first grade, I joined the Northern Blair Rec Center league, and ever since then I fell in love with the game.”

Future goal: “To be successful in whatever career I choose to pursue and to keep steady grinding.”

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