Brought to you by the Solanco Sun Ledger and AvonRecently this 17-year old junior played the best basketball game his assistant coach, Chad McDowell, has ever witnessed by a junior varsity player scoring 30 points. However his time is not limited to JV competition, as Coach Bill Moore also includes him in his varsity rotation. But it's the JV team where most of his exploits occur and Solanco junior varsity head coach, John Glackin, had this to say about this week's Sun Ledger boy Golden Mule Athlete of the Week. "Michael is a leader on the JV squad," said Glackin. "He is not a vocal leader but a leader through his actions. He works hard on the court and in the weight room and is seeing the benefits of that. He has exceptional physical gifts and we will do nothing but get better by next year. He has good basketball skills and he needs to play the game more. He is well liked by his teammates and coaching staff."

Mike Buffington is this week's Sun Ledger boy Golden Mule Athlete of the Week. Son of Debbie and the late Bryan Buffington, Mike resides in Colerain Township. He has a brother Colin, 12. Here are Mike's answers to the SL questions of the week.

How long have you been playing basketball competitively? "Eight years."

What other sports do you enjoy besides basketball? "Football."

What is it about basketball you most enjoy?

"The competition."

It's getting late in the season. Who was the toughest opponent you've faced? "Conestoga Valley."

Who is the jokester on this year's team?

"Everyone."

Who was responsible for developing your interest in basketball? "My dad."

Where did you attend elementary and middle school? "Quarryville Elementary and Smith Middle School."

From what high school did your parents graduate? "Mom graduated from Solanco High School. Dad graduated from Oxford Area High School."

Three words that best describe Coach Glackin? "Loud, encouraging, intelligent."

Do you have a favorite basketball player?

"Kevin Garnett."

Who are your special friends besides those on the team? "Krystal Breniser and a bunch of others."

Do you have a favorite school subject? "Gym" Best book read? "Marine sniper."

Favorite movie? "300"

What's your favorite type of music? "Rock" What's you favorite spectator sport and do you have a favorite team or player? "Football, 49er's, Frank Gore."

What food do you crave when you're very hungry? "Pop-tarts."

If you could have dinner with anyone who would it be and why? "Anyone on the San Francisco 49er's football team because they are my favorite team."

What's your favorite color? "Green and blue." Favorite vacation spot? "Beach"

Is there a particular teacher who remains special and why? "Mr. Nova, Mr. Speery and Mr. Krans. They were all great teachers and were hilarious."

What are your academic and athletic goals for your remaining year at SLC? "Academically I want to get good grades to get into college. Athletically I want to be the best I can be and get into to college to continue playing sports."

Our congratulations to Mike Buffington, this week's Sun Ledger boy Golden Mule Athlete of the Week.

Mike Buffington Rachel Miller

This 17-year old junior transitioned from bench player to starter after Morgan Jackson was lost for the season due to surgery on her wrist. She has filled in nicely for Jackson. "Rachel Miller works hard and with a little more effort she could score 12 points a night," said girl's varsity coach, Tom McDonald. "Great kid. Wonderful parents. I hope she gets to the point where contact is not an issue and she can play with intensity. She played very well Tuesday night against Ephrata. Her defense was appreciated." Rachel Miller is our Sun Ledger girl Golden Mule Athlete of the Week. Rachel is the daughter of Dave and Kelly Miller and resides in Providence Township. She has an older sister, Danielle, 20. Here are Rachel's answers to the SL questions of the week.

How long have you been playing basketball competitively? "I began playing in the youth basketball program when I was seven. It became competitive when I made the fifth grade travel team."

What other sports do you enjoy besides basketball? "I enjoy dancing at Debbie's School of Dance."

What is it about basketball you most enjoy?

"The competition and my teammates."

It's getting late in the season, but who was the toughest opponent you've faced? "Garden Spot."

Who is the jokester on this year's team?

"Amanda Kreider."

Who was responsible for developing your interest in basketball? "My dad. He's the one that first taught me the game and has been encouraging me and supporting me ever since. He never misses a game."

Where is your sister attending school this year and do you two remain close? "Bloomsburg University. We always find time to talk and spend time together when she's home."

Where did you attend elementary and middle school? "Providence Elementary and Smith Middle School."

From what high school (college) did your parents graduate? "My dad graduated from Solanco High School and my mom graduated from Columbia High School and Central Penn College."

Words that best describe Coach McDonald?

"Unique, determined and a little crazy."

Do you have a favorite basketball player? "I don't have a favorite player, but I enjoy watching college basketball."

Who are your special friends besides those on the team? "Laura Heath, Jamie Milhollen, Ali Ober, Michelle Evans, Kimmy Hassler, Kayla Minchoff and Jordan Elvey."

Do you have a favorite school subject? "Media classes."

Best book read? "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Favorite movie? "Superbad"

What's your favorite type of music? "Country"

What's you favorite spectator sport and do you have a favorite team or player? "Football. I like the Eagles and Brian Westbrook."

What food do you crave when you're very hungry? "Ramon noodles."

If you could have dinner with anyone who would it be and why? "Chad Michael Murray, because he's my favorite actor."

What's your favorite color? "Pink"

Favorite vacation spot? "The beach."

Is there a particular teacher who remains special and why? "Mr. (Tony) Mendez, because he's very helpful and I enjoy his classes."

What are your academic and athletic goals for your remaining years at SLC? "I would like to continue to do my best in school to get into a good college. I want to continue to work hard in basketball to help my team be the best they can be."

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