Versatile star at Central shines

Name: Kat Longenecker

School: Central

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Soccer

Athlete of the week achievement: As a keeper who also plays forward sometimes, Longenecker helped Central go 3-0 in wins over Chestnut Ridge, Bishop Carroll and previously unbeaten Bedford. She had 14 saves in the 3-1 win over Bedford and three goals in a win over Ridge.

Season update: She has nine shutouts for a 16-1 team. She has faced 89 shots and has 76 saves. She also has seven goals.

Coach Randy Trexler’s quote: “Kat brings to the team a strong work ethic both off-season as well as in-season. The freshmen and sophomores look up to her, especially in the weight room. Kat deserves acknowledgment, especially with the season she’s had and the statistics she’s produced.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Ritchey

Favorite subject: Agricultural science

Favorite movie: “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2”

Favorite food: Chicken Alfredo

Favorite song: “Forgiven” by Crowder

Outside interests: FFA, horseback riding, 4H, hunting

Favorite professional team: Steelers

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Tim Tebow

Best athlete I ever competed against: Sadie McConnell

Most influential person on my athletic career: Brian Campbell and Randy Trexler

Proudest athletic achievement: Being named Altoona Mirror and Mountain League second-team all-stars

How I got my start in soccer: I started when I was in seventh grade

Future goal: Study animal science and agriculture business at Penn State


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