Poll results: Penns Valley softball player named athlete of the week for April 8-14

A Penns Valley softball player is the Centre County athlete of the week for April 8-14, as selected by readers of

Penns Valley softball’s Taylor Bumgardner had a big day in the circle for the Rams against Hollidaysburg to help the team to a 6-2 win. The Rams’ ace struck out 10 batters and allowed only two runs and four hits in the win, while also plating a run with an RBI single in the fourth inning.

Bumgardner had 1,772 votes in the poll, or 61% of the vote.

Below is a look at the other nominees:

Kaiden Gates, Bald Eagle track and field: Kaiden Gates broke his own school record during the week in the high jump, after initially breaking the long-held record last season. Gates had a jump of six-feet, six-inches on April 9 in a meet against Clearfield, Tyrone and DuBois. Gates took second place in the poll, with 547 votes (19%).

Sam Janik, State College baseball: State College relied on Sam Janik on the mound on the way to a 5-4 road victory over Red Land. Janik — who is committed to Bucknell — threw six innings, striking out nine batters, and only gave up three earned runs in the start. The victory helped get the Little Lions back to 2-2 in conference play this season.

Ella Tambroni and Olivia Miller, State College lacrosse: State College lacrosse had two players reach career milestones in their 22-4 victory over Chambersburg at Panzer Stadium. Ella Tambroni, who is committed to Michigan State to play field hockey, scored her 100th goal despite only being a junior. Senior Olivia Miller, who is committed to Towson to play field hockey, recorded her 100th forced turnover in her career.

For the CDT’s Athlete of the Week polls this season, we will take nominations from all six county athletic departments for athlete of the week. Voting for this poll ended Sunday. As a reminder, the poll is not scientific and just for fun. In fact, we invite you to vote as many times as you want. Look for future polls at