Athlete of the Week: Sophomore Trent Walker


Marissa Panisiti

Sophomore Trent Walker shooting one of his many free throws of the night.

Sophomore Trent Walker is leaving it all on the court this season.

Walker averages 7 points per game, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal per game.

Last Friday Walker had 11 points against West Branch.

The Blue Devils won 70-64.

The past two big playoffs games Walker has contributed to the team win generously, scoring 11 points in the District 6-AA championship against West Branch and 13 points for the semi-finals game against Tyrone

The Blue Devils play next in Hollidaysburg this Saturday at 4:30 against Quaker Valley in the first round of the PIAA tournament.

BluePrint: How did you get involved with basketball?

Walker: Leagues at the Northern Blair Rec Center when I was younger.

BluePrint: What position do you play?

Walker: Guard.

BluePrint: What’s your favorite thing about the sport?

Walker: Winning games and making memories with my friends.

BluePrint: How did you improve from last season to this season as an individual? As a team?

Walker: I improved over the simmer by working on ball handling and shooting off the dribble. As a team we are all unselfish and we improved our defense.

BluePrint: What’s your best achievement so far this year?

Walker: Winning the district championship.

BluePrint: What was the main cause of your win on Friday?

Walker:  We were able to stop them on defense and hit shots down the stretch when we needed them.

BluePrint: Do you think the team will be able to beat Quaker Valley this Saturday?

Walker: Yes, when we play our best game we are a very tough team to stop.

BluePrint: Is it nerve racking being a sophomore and being thrown into the games?

Walker: I get a little nervous right when I go into the game, but once I get into the flow of the game my nerves go away. My experience from last year as a freshman helps.

BluePrint: How did it feel to step up and shoot well in two big playoff games last week?

Walker: It felt really good knowing I contributed to the win, especially on Friday. I give the credit to my teammates for giving me the ball when I was open.

BluePrint: How does it feel to win a district title?

Walker: It feels great because all the work we put in over the summer and during the season paid off. It felt good to send West Branch home when it mattered, especially because they ended our run last year. Our season isn’t over yet though.