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Athlete of the week: Stevens caps ‘amazing’ run

Morgan Stevens

Name: Morgan Stevens

School: Altoona Area

Age: 15

Grade: Sophomore

Sport: Tennis

Athlete of the week achievement: Stevens won the District 4-6 Class 3A singles championship by beating four opponents, including the top seed and third seed. She also won singles matches in helping Altoona stay unbeaten as a team with wins over Hollidaysburg and Clearfield earlier in the week.

Season update: Stevens will play in the final eight of the state tournament in early November.

Coach Eric Hovan’s quote: “Morgan played an amazing district championship tournament. She’s a great competitor and had to beat four really good players to win the title. She’s worked so hard the last four years, and it’s great to see that pay off. She’s also a great teammate and a great person.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. King

Favorite subject: English

Favorite movie: “Miracles from Heaven”

Favorite food: Buffalo chicken dip

Favorite song: “Feel this moment” by Pitbull

Outside interests: Shopping, traveling and hanging out with my family

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Serena Williams

Best athlete I ever competed against: My teammates

Most influential people on my athletic career: Coach Eric Hovan, Matt Stopp, Jamie Taylor, sister Jess Stevens and Jake Colledge

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the individual district championship

How I got my start in tennis: “My older sister Jess played.”

Future goal: Graduate from college and become a physical therapist

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