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Athlete of the Week: Swank aids in Portage success

Name: Maryn Swank

School: Portage Area

Age: 17

Grade: Junior

Sport: Softball

Athlete of the week achievement: Swank helped Portage go 4-0 for the week. Swank threw a two-hitter and struck out seven in a 12-2 win over Conemaugh Township and added a home run and three RBIs. She had 18 strikeouts, two hits and an RBI in a 7-4 win over Windber, and she had four hits and two RBIs and was the winning pitcher for Portage in a 19-3 win over North Star. She added three strikeouts in Portage’s 10-4 triumph over Penn Cambria.

Season update: Swank is hitting better than .500 with 24 RBIs and has scored 28 runs for the 16-4 Lady Mustangs. In the circle, she’s 8-2 and has struck out 158 batters in 99-plus innings while walking only 17.

Coach Brian Randall’s quote: “Maryn is the rock for us. She’s the heart and soul of our team and keeps everyone on an even keel. She’s stepped up this season and taken a leadership role. We’re in the position we are with playoffs coming up because of her.”

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Lutz

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “Jumanji”

Favorite food: Chicken salad

Outside interests: Basketball, hanging out with friends and traveling

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Pirates

Favorite college team: Pittsburgh

Pro athlete most admired: Jennie Finch

Best athlete I ever competed against: Central Cambria’s Kami Kamzik

Most influential person on my athletic career: My parents, Susan and Brian

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the WestPAC and districts in 2020 in basketball and being second-team all-state in softball as a freshman

How I got my start in softball: “My brother played when he was younger, and my dad got me into it.”

Future goal: To attend college and play softball

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