Athlete of Week: Dividock a skilled, savvy leader

Name: Kara Dividock

School: Portage Area

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Basketball

Athlete of the week achievement: Dividock was the MVP of the Art Burkett Memorial Tournament with a 17-point effort in a 73-47 win over Penn Cambria in the final. She also had 23 points in a 62-42 opening win over Richland.

Season update: Dividock is averaging 18.5 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game and 3.0 assists per game.

Coach Lance Hudak’s quote: “Kara is a once-in-a-lifetime athlete at Portage and for this area. She’s strong, skilled, savvy and with an IQ that is off the charts. It’s been a true pleasure to watch her grow and develop as a player, but more importantly into an upstanding young leader who will be successful in whatever her life pursues.”

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Panick

Favorite subject: Biology

Favorite movie: “Last Christmas”

Favorite food: My grandmother’s chicken

Favorite song: “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd

Outside interests: Softball, snowboarding, traveling

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Penguins

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Alex Morgan

Best athlete I ever competed against: Central Cambria’s McKenna Hayward

Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad, Kirk Dividock

Proudest athletic achievement: Receiving an offer to play basketball as a preferred walk-on at Saint Francis University and being selected to the second-team all-state in softball

How I got my start in basketball: “Playing in Windber Recreation/YPCC Leagues in kindergarten.”

Future goal: “To win a WestPAC and district title and study nursing at Saint Francis University and continue to play basketball.”