Parker part of Eagles’ success

Name: Jaida Parker

School: Tyrone Area

Age: 16

Grade: Sophomore

Sport: Basketball

Athlete of the week achievement: Parker scored 13 points in a 65-19 win over Philipsburg-Osceola, had 19 points in a 47-44 Mountain League title clinching win over Central and added 22 points in a 61-52 win over Juniata Valley.

Season update: Parker is averaging 17.3 points, seven rebounds and three steals per game for the Lady Eagles. Tyrone is 17-2.

Coach Luke Rhoades’ quote: “Jaida is a very talented offensive threat who can finish around the hoop and also shoot from the outside. The past several weeks she has played outstanding defense, which has created several scoring opportunities for her and our team. She is a team player who often makes the extra pass to get teammates involved in the offense.”

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Cannistraci and Mr. Wilson

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “The Game Plan”

Favorite food: Grilled chicken

Favorite song: Any Beyonce song

Outside interests: Spending time with family and friends

Favorite professional team: None

Favorite college team: North Carolina

Pro athlete most admired: Kobe Bryant

Best athlete I ever competed against: Bellwood-Antis’ Alli Campbell

Most influential person on my athletic career: My parents

Proudest athletic achievement: When our team won the Mountain League this year

How I got my start in basketball: Played in a rec league when I was in kindergarten

Future goal: Excel in college basketball and become a physical therapist


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