Female Senior Athlete of the Year: Alli Campbell

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Alli Campbell will go down as the best player to ever emerge from Bellwood-Antis and Blair County.

Troy Walker, Sports Editor

The senior class of 2020 will go down in the books as one of the most decorated athletic classes to come out of Bellwood-Antis. This year  a multitude of student athletes have committed to play their sport at the collegiate level, and  three students signed with with Division I schools.

One of those signings is Lady Blue Devils Basketball standout Allison(Alli) Campbell, who signed to play basketball  for the University of Notre Dame. For her dominance on the hardwood throughout her career, and especially the 2019-20 season, Alli has been selected as the Blueprint’s senior Female Athlete of the year.

Campbell led the Lady Blue Devils to back-to-back state championships in 2018 and 2019. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lady Blue Devils had their 2020 title hopes cut short in 2020 when the PIAA cancelled winter playoffs and spring sports earlier this month.

“It’s definitely a bittersweet feeling looking back at everything over the years,” said Campbell. “I’m so grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given to play the game I love and make so many memories. I’ve spent hours and hours in the gym, both early mornings and late nights, to be able to reach some of the goals I’ve set, and hard work pays off. I’m really proud of myself and my team for how far we’ve come. We’ve done things that teams only dream of doing.”

I couldn’t have asked for a better community, a better team, or better coaches. The support we received all these years was unmatched.”

— Alli Campbell

Campbell averaged 28.6 points per game in her senior season, along with 8.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 4.3 steals. B-A had a record of 26 wins and 2 losses heading into the PIAA state playoffs, and they were preparing for a game in the Elite 8.

Throughout Campbell’s career she has been a leader for the District 6 powerhouse Lady Blue Devils. In her 4 seasons, B-A was only subject to a mere 13 losses, while winning 107 games.

Sports have been a major part of Campbell’s life ever since she was a little kid, and the countless hours of time spent working on her skills proved to be a major factor in her successes.

“Sports have played a huge role in my life for as long as I remember,” said Campbell. “When I was younger, I tried out a few different sports, but I knew that playing basketball was what I wanted to do. Basketball gave me a place to take my mind off of other things, and I was always driven to push myself to get better at it. I couldn’t imagine my life without sports, honestly.”

It’s no doubt Campbell will miss her time at Bellwood-Antis, especially with the bitter ending to their 2020 season, but the future holds many bright moment for her as she moves onto the next phase of her athletic career as a Division I athlete.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better community, a better team, or better coaches. The support we received all these years was unmatched, and we had the best fans out there. I’m going to miss spending so much time with the girls and coaches on and off the court. I’ll always be thankful for the time we had to play together,” said Campbell.

Campbell ends her career as one of the top basketball players in all of Pennsylvania. She scored 3,019 points throughout her historic four seasons. She now holds the Blair County all-time scoring record, for both girls and boys basketball.