He's the lightweight of this year's Solanco varsity wrestling team competing at the 103-pound weight class, a weight he continues to have difficulty reaching. The flu bug, an asthmatic condition, and a hernia have plagued him all season, but he's still winning more bouts than losing. Recently he placed fourth at the tough Bethlehem Tournament defeating some stiff competition that included Blair Academy's, Keefer Taylor and Pleasant Valley's Matt Yanovich. In addition to his athletic prowess, he was named the High School's Student of the Month for October and is carrying a 4.0 Grade Point Average as a member of the academic Honor Roll. This week's Sun Ledger Male Athlete of the Week is Derek Evans.
Derek is the son of Brian and Michelle Evans and resides in Providence Township with his parents and sister, Ashley, 19. He has two dogs as pets, a Shihtzu named Bandit and a Bichon Frieze named K. J.
His hobbies include hunting and fishing.
Derek, a 17-year old junior, has been wrestling, a sport he calls his favorite, since the age of six. He says his favorite wrestlers are all of his Solanco teammates. Derek prepares for competition by setting goals, writing affirmations and praying for safety on the mat.
Setting goals and writing affirmations are something new to his routine this year, but he believes it has had a positive influence.
Not having a full squad this season is his only downer. (Solanco does not have a regular 125-pound competitor.)
For those young student-athletes seeking to pursue wrestling as a competitive sport, Derek has this advice to offer. "Always wrestle your matches relaxed. Get a good drill partner at practice and remember that the coaches are there to help."
Wood systems are his favorite subject and Mr. Kalupson is his favorite teacher.
His parents are the most influential individuals in his life. "They are always there for me." Derek said he also trusts in God and has a deep affection for his grandparents and great grandparents. The family worships at Memorial United Methodist Church in Quarryville.
His most memorable sports moment occurred when he made the Solanco Golden Mule's varsity team.
He has many special friends that include Justin Wimer, Doug Weaver, Doug Chapman, Roman Wheeler, and Alex Truitt.
His favorite foods are pizza and a good venison steak.
Behind Enemy Lines is his favorite video and the Blue Collar Comedy Show is his favorite TV program. Jim Carey is his favorite actor.
Following his 2007 high school graduation, Derek plans on taking over the Evans Excavating business. He also wants to coach younger wrestlers in his spare time.
His goal in life is to follow God's direction in whatever and wherever the Creator leads him. Our congratulations to Derek Evans this week's Sun Ledger Male Athlete of the Week.
This 16-year old junior has only been playing hoops for the past six years. She has become a dominant role player for Coach Gloria Jaremko. Jaremko had this to say about one of her star Lady Golden Mule players. "Tracee's work during the off season has really made a difference in her offensive output. She seems more confident and more willing to attack the basket. I've also seen much improvement in her defense - getting in proper position, better footwork, aggressive rebounding. Tracee is a fun player to coach. She comes to practice with a smile on her face ready to tackle whatever is on the schedule. Her positive spirit and infectious laugh positively affect everyone around her." The junior center had her best game of the season this past week against the Lady Spartans of Garden Spot. She hit on all seven of her shots from the floor, pulled down 17 rebounds, ending the night with a game high 15 points in the Lady Mules 39-36 win. This week's Sun Ledger Female Athlete of the Week is Tracee Harrison.
Tracee is the daughter of Edward and Rhonda Harrison and resides in Providence Township. She has a sister, Ashlee, 11, and a brother, James, 21. The family pet has deceased. "I used to have a goldfish named Yahtzee, but he died."
Besides schoolwork and basketball Tracee enjoys hanging out with friends and family, listening to music, singing, dancing, eating, and talking. "Did I mention I like to eat?"
Basketball is her favorite sport and she lists the University of Tennessee as her favorite team. Her favorite players are Diana Taurasi and Allen Iverson. Taurasi is a Connecticut alumnus, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2004 WNBA draft by the Phoenix Mercury. Everyone knows who Iverson is.
Her special friends are Celia (CeCe) Buzzard and Beth Erb and both are part of her pre-game routine. In preparing for competition, Tracee said this is her plan of attack. "I hang out with Celia and Bethy. I eat food and listen to music to get hyped. Then I simply focus my mind on what needs to be done."
The junior center said that being around and playing with a great bunch of girls, who have become close friends during the past five years, has been the positives of the season.
"Losing when we work so hard is definitely not a positive, and it's definitely not fun."
Tracee offered this advice to the young student-athlete. "Set goals for yourself and when you reach those set more. Also, live to make yourself happy rather than attempting to please everyone else."
Math and social studies are her favorite subjects and Mr. Althouse is her favorite teacher.
The most influential person in her life is her grandfather. "He has faced so many trials in his life and continues to stay positive."
Her most memorable sports moment occurred in New Jersey, where she resided at the time. "We had an undefeated season and won the championship when I was in eighth grade."
When it comes to food Tracee enjoys everything. "I'm like one endless pit."
Love and Basketball is her favorite video and she enjoys viewing Boy Meets World on TV.
Chris Brown, a 16-year old Rhythm and Blues (R & B) singer, is her favorite recording artist.
Following her 2007 high school graduation, Tracee is hopeful of attending college and continuing her basketball career. "And have Celia follow me there."
Her goal in life is to be successful at whatever she undertakes. Our congratulations to Tracee Harrison, this week's Sun Ledger Female Athlete of the Week.