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Survey Says: The Best Athletes at Blue Ridge

By: Kate Scott/ Freshman Writer

Blue Ridge High School students completed a survey asking them to name the top three student athletes at Blue Ridge High School. Out of a long list of student athletes, the top five vote getters are junior Leigha McCain; J.J. Rosa; Emma Button; Libby Zick, and Connor Cranage.

Starting in fifth place is junior Leigha McCain. She was picked for basketball and softball.

McCain says: “I am happy. but also humbled to be recognized.”

She has two Lackawanna League All-Star honorable mentions for softball and has been a varsity starter since her freshman year.

Leigha McCain playing softball.
Leigha McCain playing softball for BR.

Senior J.J. Rosa was picked as the fourth best athlete for football and basketball.

He says: “I feel great being picked out of all the athletes at the whole school.”

Rosa was mentioned as The Scranton Times Athlete of the Month in August, 2022, and as a first team defensive back two years in a row. In addition, for basketball he was picked for the Lackawanna League All-Star team two years in a row.

JJ Rosa playing basketball.
JJ Rosa playing basketball.

Sophomore Emma Button was picked as the third best athlete at Blue Ridge for volleyball, basketball, and track.

She says: “I am happy to be recognized.”

She has achieved third place in Districts, two hundred plus points on varsity her freshman year, and was a First Team All Star.

Emma Button playing basketball.
Emma Button playing basketball.

Junior Libby Zick was picked as the second best athlete at Blue Ridge for volleyball and basketball.

She says: ” It’s a privilege to be recognized as a top athlete. I feel like my hard work is paying off.”

She is a three-time coaches’ choice for First Team, a two-time coaches’ choice for Player of the Year, a three time All-Region, and this year’s Player of the Year.

Libby Zick at a Blue Ridge volleyball game.
Libby Zick at a Blue Ridge volleyball game.

Lastly, students named junior Connor Cranage as the school’s most outstanding athlete for his achievements in basketball and volleyball.

Cranage says: ” I am honored to be picked as the best athlete at Blue Ridge.”

Cranage was the Lackawanna League Division IV Player of the Year and a First Team All-Star in the Lackawanna League for the 2021-22 basketball season.

Currently he is on track to score a thousand points. At the time this was written, Cranage had banked 973 points.

In volleyball, Cranage has earned multiple recognitions. He was chosen for the Pennsylvania Coaches Association Class II A All-State Team, 2021-22, the Lackawanna League First Team All-Star, 2021-22, and Second All-Region, 2021-22.

Connor Cranage playing basketball for Blue Ridge.

The Blue Ridge sports schedule is available here: blueridgeraiders.org/main/calendar/

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Katelyn Scott is a very involved 10th grader at Blue Ridge High School. She plays golf, basketball, and softball. She is in National Jr. Honors Society, FBLA, Leo Club, and Science Club. In her free time she hangs out with her family. After high school Katelyn wants to go into communications which is why she is passionate about journalism.
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