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Name: Riley Best

School: Glendale

Age: 16

Grade: Junior

Sports: Softball

Athlete of the week achievement: Best went 10-for-15, scored nine runs, hit two homers and drove in six runs to help Glendale beat Curwensville (9-2), Mount Union (7-1), West Branch (4- 3) and Juniata Valley (12-2). In the win over West Branch, she was the winning pitcher with eight strikeouts, giving up just one earned run in seven innings.

Season update: Best is hitting .562 for the 14-1 Lady Vikings with six homers, 19 RBIs, 10 doubles and a 4-0 pitching record.

Coach Bruce Vereshack’s quote: “We needed to win those four games and Riley was a big part of that. We lost a starting pitcher and a team captain this season and Riley sort of stepped into that spot and leads by example. I tell her every game that if she hits, everyone hits. They all just follow her. I dont know if we win all four without Riley. That was a big week for us. ”

Favorite teacher: Miss Kallas

Favorite subject: English

Favorite movie: Grown Ups

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite song: “Hotel Lobby” by Pop Smoke

Outside interests: Spending time with my friends

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Florida Gators

Pro athlete most admired: Aleshia Ocasio

Best athlete I ever competed against: Traci Hauser of Harmony

Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad, Jeff

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the District 6 softball championship last year

How I got my start in softball: “My parents signed me up in first grade.”

Future goal: Go to college and become a nurse

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