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Female Athlete of Week: B-A’s Leidig ‘dream kid’ to coach

Name: Emilie Leidig

School: Bellwood-Antis

Age: 17

Grade: Junior

Sport: Basketball

Athlete of the week achievement: Leidig tied a school record with eight 3-pointers and scored a game-high 28 points in leading Bellwood-Antis to a 70-50 win over Windber in the PIAA Class 2A playoffs.

Season update: Leidig is averaging 12.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game.

Coach Jim Swaney’s quote: “Emilie is a dream kid to coach and someone that every winning program needs. She is a very good player, and even if she is not scoring, she is someone who can make a positive impact on the game just by working hard on defense and creating for her teammates. Em is a very good leader and is very well respected among, not just her teammates, but other teams’ players as well.

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Stinson

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “The Notebook”

Favorite food: Chick-fil-A

Favorite song: “We Gon be Alright” by Joyner Lucas

Outside interests: Hanging out with family and friends

Favorite professional team: Steelers

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Steph Curry

Best athlete I ever competed against: Juniata Valley’s Halee Smith

Most influential person on my athletic career: My father

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the state championship

How I got my start in basketball: Scott Crider and playing in leagues at the Northern Blair Rec Center

Future goal: Win two more state championships and pursue basketball in college

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