Gripp, Tyrone off and running

Mirror Athlete of the Week

Name: Damon Gripp

School: Tyrone Area

Age: 17

Grade: Junior

Sport: Basketball

Athlete of the week achievement: Gripp had 21 points and nine rebounds in a 73-52 victory over Huntingdon. He also scored 33 points and had eight rebounds and six steals in a 90-60 victory over Clearfield.

Season update: Gripp is averaging 24 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4 steals per game for the 6-0 Golden Eagles.

Coach George Gripp’s quote: “Damon’s one of many players off to a great start for us this season. He is always trying to improve his game and really spent countless hours in the summer and even this fall to improve all areas. Damon is one of the most talented and athletic players I have ever coached. He and his teammates have a great work ethic and are very coachable.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Plummer

Favorite subject: English

Favorite movie: “Avatar”

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite song: “Way Back,” by Travis Scott

Outside interests: Football

Favorite professional team: Houston Rockets

Favorite college team: Kentucky Wildcats

Pro athlete most admired: Russell Westbrook

Best athlete I ever competed against: My teammates

Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad and older brother, Brandon

Proudest athletic achievement: Having a core group of teammates who are willing to go hard every day at practice.

How I got my start in basketball: Northern Blair County Rec Center Basketball Leagues

Future goal: Earn an athletic scholarship