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Haralson plays with passion

Name: Sakeria Haralson

School: Bellwood-Antis

Age: 17

Grade: Junior

Sport: Basketball

Athlete of the week achievement: Haralson was 7-of-8 from the field and had 14 points, seven rebounds and five blocks in Bellwood’s PIAA Class 2A championship victory over West Middlesex. She also had 14 points and 18 rebounds in a semifinal win over Mahanoy Area.

Season update: Haralson averaged 11.2 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game for the Lady Blue Devils.

Coach Jim Swaney’s quote: “I think she had a great championship game and a great season. Sakeria is a kid who plays with a lot of passion and heart. We’re seeing her really start to develop her game. She keeps getting better, and she handled the entire playoff run and some of the things she has gone through with a lot of class.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Burch

Favorite subject: B-A BluePrint newspaper

Favorite movie: “Harry Potter” series

Favorite food: Raspberries

Favorite song: “Dancing with a Stranger” by Sam Smith and Normani

Outside interests: Writing her book, “Zombie Eyes,” hanging out with Maria Cuevas

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Monmouth

Pro athlete most admired: Michael Jordan

Best athlete I ever competed against: Altoona’s Bridgid Fox

Most influential person on my athletic career: My grandmother, Tonya Hansard Fridia

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning states two times in a row and winning AAU nationals with the Central Pa. Dynamite

How I got my start in basketball: “Mike Reed hunting me down and making me come to an AAU practice.”

Future goal: “Get my book published and do well at Monmouth.”

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