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Mirror Male Athlete of the Week: Helsel showing off versatility

Name: Ty Helsel

School: Central

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Baseball

Athlete of the week achievement: Helsel finished the week 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored and had scoreless outings on the mound in both of Central’s victories over Mohawk and Fairview that put the Scarlet Dragons into the PIAA semifinals.

Season update: Helsel is batting .443 with 24 RBIs and four doubles. He’s 3-0 on the mound, has 25 strikeouts and has not allowed an earned run in nine outings.

Coach A.J. Hoenstine’s quote: “He’s been versatile. He plays first, he’s a fantastic outfielder, and a lot of what he does pitching goes unnoticed. He doesn’t start a lot of games, and he’s sometimes getting put into some tough spots, but he loves that. He’s a real competitor.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Logan

Favorite subject: Ag

Favorite movie: “The Hangover”

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite song: “Bad to the Bone” by George Thorogood

Outside interests: Hunting, fishing and hanging out with friends

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Penguins

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Andrew McCutchen

Best athlete I ever competed against: Bedford’s Mercury Swaim in football

Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad, Bill Helsel

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning two District 6 championships in baseball

How I got my start in baseball: “I started when I was 4 by playing in Pee-Wee in Martinsburg.”

Future goal: “I want to win the state championship.”

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