Name: Taylor Freeman
School: Penn Cambria
Freeman’s week: Freeman, an outside hitter, hit 19 kills and added 16 digs in helping Penn Cambria defeat Philipsburg-Osceola 25-12, 16-25,
28-26, 25-18 in the District 6 Class AA championship match.
It was Penn Cambria’s second district title in three years.
“It feels absolutely amazing,” Freeman said. “This year has definitely been awesome. This year, the chemistry of the team has been phenomenal and it’s led us to some really great accomplishments.”
In the semifinals, Freeman had 18 kills and 14 digs as Penn Cambria defeated Ligonier Valley in straight sets.
“She’s just so athletic,” Penn Cambria coach Leah Montgomery said. “She reads the court well. She reads the defense and she’s quick. Most of all, she’s positive. She doesn’t get down and she doesn’t let the team get down.”
Horsing around: Montgomery, who has coached Penn Cambria for 11 years, uses a certain phrase to describe Freeman.
“She jumps like a horse,” the coach said.
It’s something Freeman hears frequently.
“I do hear that a lot, but it’s not something I ever noticed until she said something,” Freeman said. “The girls joke around with me about it all the time.”
The sporting life: Freeman tried her hand at many sports growing up. She played basketball, softball, ran track and even golfed.
In high school, Freeman’s focus turned to volleyball and softball. She’s the starting shortstop for Penn Cambria and her favorite sport depends on the season.
“I had absolutely no knowledge about volleyball when I started playing in seventh grade,” she said. “At first, it was just something to do to stay in condition for other sports.”
A couple of firsts: Penn Cambria won the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference and entered the PIAA Class AA playoffs with a 21-0 record. It marked the first time in school history the Panthers went through the regular season and district playoffs unbeaten.
Penn Cambria’s season ended Tuesday with a loss to Hopewell in the first round of the state tournament.
“The difference this year is we have a good group and they are a team,” Montgomery said. “There’s been no drama or attitude.”
Given all of Freeman’s activities, there’s little time for drama, unless it’s being part of the drama club.
She’s ranked first in her class and is the senior class president. Freeman is a member of the National Honor Society, student council and the forensics club.
Name: Taylor Freeman
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Area wrestlers search for gold
Conner Buttry and Aaron Burkett will make their debuts in the PIAA Wrestling Championships this morning, but they are quite familiar with a state tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Each has been a fixture on the Chestnut Ridge squad that has made back-to-back appearances in the state dual-meet tournament. That familiarity could help them, along with returning state medalist Austin Buttry, when the three Lions hit the mats in Hershey this morning.
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Dried blood clung to Nick Naglic’s lip.
A cut to his right eyebrow had finally stopped bleeding but was in need of some stiches.
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Central Cambria freshman Max Murin was the only area wrestler to capture gold Saturday during the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional tournament at Cambria County War Memorial Arena.
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District 6 lists Class A, AA seedings
On Tuesday, District 6 basketball chairman T.J. Kakabar released the seedings for Class A and AA for the upcoming basketball tournament.
The Portage girls and the boys from Bishop Carroll and Richland all earned top seeds in their respective classes.
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LHAC, WestPAC titles up for grabs
The winter weather has played havoc on the area athletic schedules and athletic directors have been challenged to reschedule events in a smaller and ever-narrowing time frame.
With that in mind, several teams still have to nail down their berths in Saturday’s WestPAC and Laurel Highlands Conference basketball championship games.
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Berlin puts five in final round to win Thomas tournament
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