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Athlete of the Week Voting: December 11 – December 17


Help us decide which male and female athlete should be honored for their outstanding efforts during last week’s local high school sports action.  While you may have a favorite school or athlete already, we still encourage you to read through the lists below and then click on the link to vote.  The winners will be announced later this week.

Voting will remain open until Wednesday at 7 pm.  Only one vote per email address will be allowed.

While athletes can be nominated multiple weeks, the winners will be removed and updates will be provided as the season progresses.

While this may be a vote and emotions can run high, this is intended to bring attention to some of the best performances from our local student-athletes.

Nominations, which are made working with the schools, are listed below in alphabetical order.

Please read about each nominee and then go vote who you feel is most deserving.


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Female Nominees

Mya Doster (Palmyra / So.) – Palmyra: The Lady Cougars went 2-0 with wins over Hershey and Mifflin County. In those two victories that ran Palmyra’s record to 5-0, Doster accounted for 23 points and 30 rebounds.

Liliana Harrison (Lebanon / Jr.) – Basketball: The 6’3” Harrison was clutch in Saturday’s game versus powerhouse North Catholic (Pittsburgh), knocking down a pair of free throws with :13 remaining to give Lebanon the lead for good. For the game, Harrison had 16 points and 15 rebounds while also going 6-9 from the line.

Miracle Hershey (New Covenant / Jr.) – Basketball: The junior had a double-double against Lancaster County Christian. She then achieved a triple-double against Harrisburg Christian, registering 14 points, 12 rebounds, and 13 steals on the way to the Flames, earning their first victory of the season.

Morgan Kline (ELCO / Sr.) – Bowling: The Wichita State commit is off to a hot start in defense of her LL League title. Against Northern Lebanon, she rolled a 628 series. Against Garden Spot, her series was a 669 with a high game of 265. Both matches resulted in ELCO wins.

Allison Metzgar (Cedar Crest / Sr.) – Basketball: While the Falcons went 2-1 during the week with wins over Twin Valley and Warwick, Metzgar led them in scoring in all three games, scoring 34 points over that span.

Olivia Shutter (Northern Lebanon / Jr.) – Basketball: The Vikings went 3-0 during the week to improve to 5-0. For the week, Shutter averaged 19.3 points per game. This included a dominant 29 point performance against Big Spring.

Male Nominees

Sam Balsbaugh (New Covenant / Sr.): In the Flames win over Harrisburg Christian, Balsbaugh had 18 points, which included going 8-10 from the free throw line. He also had 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals.

Owen Chernich (Cedar Crest / Sr.) – Basketball: Did a little of everything in the Falcon against Hempfield, helping fuel the 70-51 statement win. The senior completed the game with a line of 8 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals.

Oliver Funck (Annville-Cleona / So.) – Wrestling: Placed 2nd in the 121-pound weight class at Saturday’s Baguba Brawl Tournament.

Hunter Heinsey (ELCO) – Bowling: Rolled a 669 with a high game of 246 against Garden Spot before going 724 with a 258 high against Northern Lebanon. The Raiders were 2-0 on the week.

Aaron Seidel (Northern Lebanon / Jr.) – Wrestling: Competing in the 120-pound division of the Beast of the East Tournament, Seidel won his first five matches. He then finished 2nd at the prestigious event, losing in the Finals to a wrestler who has committed to wrestle at the University of Iowa.


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