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Talented McCracken improving

Name: Jaidyn McCracken

School: Bellwood-Antis

Age: 16

Grade: Junior

Sport: Basketball

Athlete of the week achievement: McCracken had 27 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Moshannon Valley and added 13 points in a 54-48 triumph over Everett.

Season update: Bellwood-Antis is 7-3 and 6-0 in the Inter-County Conference’s North Division with one week to play.

Coach Jim Swaney’s quote: “Jaidyn is a kid who has an enormous amount of talent, and she’s really started to develop a good work ethic. She’s a smart, gifted offensive player who is developing into good defensive player. With a lot of work, she’ll be a great player for us.”

Favorite teacher: Senora Smith

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “Benchwarmers”

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite song: “Dangerous” by Morgan Wallen

Outside interests: Softball

Favorite professional team: Golden State Warriors

Favorite college team: UConn

Pro athlete most admired: Stephen Curry

Best athlete I ever competed against: Tyrone’s Jaida Parker

Most influential person on my athletic career: My mother and father, Traci and Kenny McCracken

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the state championship in my freshman year

How I got my start in basketball: Started in kindergarten through my parents

Future goal: Graduate college and hopefully go to medical school

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