Athlete of the week: Stroup carries load for Altoona

Ethan Stroup

Name: Ethan Stroup

School: Altoona Area

Age: 16

Grade: Junior

Sport: Football

Athlete of the week achievement: Stroup carried the ball 35 times for 234 yards and two touchdowns in Altoona’s 42-28 victory over Chambersburg.

Season update: Stroup has rushed for 402 yards and four touchdowns on 67 carries during the Mountain Lions’ 2-1 start to the season.

Coach Vince Nedimyer Jr.’s quote: “We pretty much challenged everybody after the Hollidaysburg game, and Ethan is a focal point of our offense. He played like a kid possessed, and we were proud of him. He worked so hard in the offseason, and he’s one of the hardest workers in the weight room so it was nice to see it pay off for him.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Lowe

Favorite subject: History

Favorite movie: “Remember the Titans”

Favorite food: Chicken wings

Favorite song: “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw

Outside interests: Outdoor activities like fishing and hunting

Favorite professional team: New England Patriots

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Tom Brady

Best athlete I ever competed against: Harrisburg senior Nate Bruce

Most influential person on my athletic career: Coach Vince Nedimyer Jr.

Proudest athletic achievement: Going undefeated my freshman year in football

How I got my start in football: Started in third grade with flag football

Future goal: “I would love to play college football and become a doctor.”


Today's breaking news and more in your inbox

I'm interested in (please check all that apply)


Starting at $4.39/week.

Subscribe Today