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Meet your 2015 TAHS fall senior athletes

This season 22 Tyrone seniors will take to the field, court, or course for the last time wearing the black and orange.

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This season 22 Tyrone students will take to the field, court, or course for the last time wearing the black and orange.  The Eagle Eye interviewed of all the fall senior sports athletes.  Here they are in alphabetical order along with an action shot of each athlete:

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Anna Baran

Sport: Girls Soccer

Position: Defender

1. How long have you been playing this sport?

“12 years.”

2. What’s your favorite memory of playing this sport?

“Winning our first playoff game in the history of Tyrone my sophomore year, and beating Hollidaysburg this year 5-4.”

3. Advice for underclassmen.

“Push yourself to be the best you can be, and have fun playing the sport you love.”

Emily Beam

Sport: Cross Country

1. How long have you been playing this sport?

“This is my fourth year.”

2. What’s your favorite memory of playing this sport?

“Playing frisbee.”

3. Advice for underclassmen.

“The faster you run, the faster you’re done.”

 

Nick Bonsell

Sport: Football

Positions: Left Tackle, Defensive Tackle

1. How long have you been playing this sport?

“Eight years.”

2. What’s your favorite memory of playing this sport?

“The fieldhouse after the Huntingdon playoff game and the Conga line.”

3. Advice for underclassmen.

“Don’t take it for granted. It doesn’t matter how many games you have left, it will fly by.”

 

Matthew Brenneman

Sport: Football

Positions: Kicker, Offense Line, Outside Linebacker

1. How long have you been playing this sport?

“Since 8th grade.”

2. What is your favorite memory of playing this sport?

“Winning the D6 Championship.”

3. Advice for underclassmen.

“Never give up. Everyone struggles, but you must persevere.”

 

Chance Burke

Sport: Football

Positions: Offensive Line, Defensive Line

1. How long have you been playing this sport?

“Two years.”

2. What’s your favorite memory of playing this sport?

“Winning the D6 Championship.”

3. Advice for underclassmen.

“Don’t think of just yourself, think of the team.”

 

John Chronister

Sport: Football

Positions: Offensive Line, Defensive Line

1. How long have you been playing this sport?

“10 years.”

2. What’s your favorite memory of playing this sport?

“Running out on the field for my first Backyard Brawl.”

3. Advice for underclassmen.

“Don’t cheat yourself. Time is so short, so make sure to get better everyday.”

 

Carly Crofcheck

Sport: Volleyball

Position: Setter

1. How long have you been playing this sport?

“Three years.”

2. What’s your favorite memory of playing this sport?

“During practice, Anslee walk yelled “housekeeping!” instead of “I got it!””

3. Advice for underclassmen.

“Don’t skip practices! Stay dedicated and never give up if you’re down a few points. Listen to your coaches, they know what they’re talking about.”

 

Phoenix Farias

Sport: Football

Positions: Linebacker, Fullback 

1. How long have you been playing this sport?

“10 years.”

2. What’s your favorite memory of playing this sport?

“Getting a concussion from Zack Soellner, or winning the district championship I guess.”

3. Advice for underclassmen.

“Try hard, and go 50% on look team.”

 

Eric Hartstock

Sport: Boys Soccer

Position: Defender

1. How long have you been playing this sport?

“13 years.”

2. What is your favorite memory of playing this sport?

“Getting an assist.”

3. Advice for underclassmen.

“Work hard and do the best you can.”

 

Drew Hunter

Sport: Football

Positions: Quarterback

1. How long have you been playing this sport?

“Since I was seven years old.”

2. What’s your favorite memory of playing this sport?

“Winning the D6 Championship”

3. Advice for underclassmen.

“Do as much as you can to help your team, no matter what it takes. Coming together and doing your part on the team, is the key to success.”

 

Sean Isenberg

Sport: Cross Country

1. How long have you been playing this sport?

“Three years.”

2. What’s your favorite memory of playing this sport?

“Taking “Ridonkulous” things to Tammy’s house.”

3. Advice for underclassmen.

“Work hard, don’t be lazy like me.”

 

Erick Ixtepan

Sport: Football

Positions: Linebacker, Lineman

1. How long have you been playing this sport?

“Two years.”

2. What’s your favorite memory of this sport?

“Bonding with the team and experiencing school pride.”

3. Advice for underclassmen.

“If you get confused doing something, do what you think is right, but go 100% and ask the coach if what you did was right.”

 

Will Lash

Sport: Football

Position: Defensive Back

1. How long have you been playing this sport?

“Since 9th grade.”

2. What’s your favorite memory of playing this sport?

“The team diving in mud puddles after we practiced through a rain storm.”

3. Advice for underclassmen.

“Work hard, give it your all, and play safe. It goes by fast.”

 

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Madison Noll

Sport: Girls Soccer

Position: Goal Keeper

1. How long have you been playing this sport?

“Three years.”

2. What’s your favorite memory of playing this sport?  

 “Playing at Mansion Park and winning the 2nd round of playoffs, and singing with Marissa on the bus.”

3. Advice for underclassmen.

“Always give it 100%, nothing less.”

 

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Anthony Politza

Sport: Boys Soccer

Position: Goal Keeper

1. How long have you been playing this sport?

“Since I was six years old.”

2. What’s your favorite memory of playing this sport?

“Have fun as a team.”

3. Advice for underclassmen.

“You can only get out what you put in, so work hard.”

 

Cullen Raftery

Sport: Football

Positions: Wide Receiver, Defensive Back

1. How long have you been playing this sport?

“Since 2nd grade.”

2. What’s your favorite memory of playing this sport?

“Winning the D6 Championship.”

3. Advice for underclassmen.

“Put in extra work and play as a team to become successful!”

 

Ricky Reader

Sport: Football

Positions: Offensive Line, Defensive End, and Punter

1. How long have you been playing this sport?

“I have been playing since pee-wee football.”

2. What’s your favorite memory of playing this sport?

“It would either be getting the game saving sack against Bellwood last year, or winning the District 6 championship.”

3. Advice for underclassmen.

“Push yourself during practice. As coach Gummo would say “You don’t win the game Friday, you win the game Monday through Thursday.” Also always do your best, because you never know what play could be your last.”

 

Zack Soellner

Sport: Football

Positions: Linebacker and Fullback

1. How long have you been playing this sport?

“11 years.”

2. What’s your favorite memory of playing this sport?

“Beating Bellwood every year.”

3. Advice for underclassmen.

“Trophies collect dust, memories last forever.”

Erika Voyzey

Sport: Girls Tennis

1. How long have you been playing this sport?

“This is my first year playing.”

2. What’s your favorite memory of playing this sport?

“It was at the Central Mountain away match. My singles were tied at 5,5 and I needed to win two more games to win the first set. Coach asked me if I needed anything and I replied, “Ya know, I could really use some extra energy right now.” And he brought me oranges. The girl is waiting to serve while I was nonchalantly eating orange slices in the middle of the game. The girl was furious, but it was legal. Then I ended up winning.”

3. Advice for underclassmen

“To succeed, you have to love what you do.”

 

Marlena Wagner

Sport: Tennis 

1. How long have you been playing this sport?

“Four years.”

2. What’s your favorite memory of playing this sport?

“Spending time with my teammates.”

3. Advice for underclassmen.

“Just have fun.”

 

Anslee Walk

Sport: Volleyball

Position: Libero

 1. How long have you been playing this sport?

“Four years.”

2. What’s your favorite memory of playing this sport?

“We got 1st place in the Silver Bracket at a tournament last year.”

3. Advice for underclassmen.

“Listen to the coaches, play hard, give effort, and commit to the team.”

 

Adam Zook

Sport: Cross Country

 1. How long have you been playing this sport?

“Two years.”

2. What is your favorite memory of playing this sport?

“Going to States.”

3. Advice for underclassmen.

“Run hard; run fast.”

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4 Responses to “Meet your 2015 TAHS fall senior athletes”

  1. Donna Walker on October 2nd, 2015 10:56 am

    This is a very nice piece. However; I think you forgot a group of athletes who work very hard to be on the sidelines at many of the sports events. Your senior cheerleaders. I have seen them work. I have seen them do their routines. They are truely athletes as well.
    Great paper. I love the stories. Keep up the good work.

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    adviser Reply:

    Thank you for your comment! We agree 100% that the cheerleaders truly athletes as well. We didn’t forget them. We decided that because their season extends into the winter we would feature them, along with the other winter sports athletes in our next installment of this series. Look for it sometime after Christmas!

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  2. Mike Wilson on October 5th, 2015 7:30 am

    Great article being told here. But, just like the cheerleaders being excluded in this and the response given was their season runs into the winter. How about the 2 seniors in the Marching Band?? Did you know the band starts “band camp” 2 weeks before football starts practicing? Did you know that the first week is 12 hour days? (8am – 8pm) Most people do not realize how much work goes into band. How about giving a shout out to these 2 seniors, Desiree (Desi) Sparks & Rachel (Rae) Bonsell. Their competition season ends on October 31st at ACC’s. GO BAND!!

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    adviser Reply:

    We do cover the band as well. Having several band members on the Eagle Eye staff, we also know how hard they work and we certainly appreciate what they do.

    We will do a story on senior band members but chose not to include them as fall athletes, as we feel the arts and music are a separate category.

    We are sorry if any of these decisions offend anyone. It is the Eagle Eye’s goal to cover any and all activities of our students.

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