Male Spotlight Athlete of the Week Carter McDermott

Oct. 23—Name: Carter McDermott

School: Penn Cambria

Age: 17

Grade: 12

Sports: Football, basketball and track and field

Parents: Steven and Lindsey Conrad, of Ashville

Athletic achievements: In football, 2022 The Tribune-Democrat All-Area second-team selection at defensive back, 2022 Altoona Mirror third-team pick on offense and Friday Night Rivals player of the week; in basketball, 2021-22 District 6 Class 4A champions and 2022-23 District 6 Class 3A champions and PIAA semifinalist; in track and field, 2022 Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference champion in the long jump, triple jump and 1600-meter relay, 2022 all-LHAC selection, 2022 District 6 Class 2A long jump champion and 2022 PIAA Class 2A fourth-place finish in the 1600 relay and eighth-place medalist in the long jump.

Coach's quote: "Carter has been a huge part of the success our football program has had over these last few years. He is a tremendous athlete with a great work ethic. He is a big-time playmaker and can score anytime he touches the ball. He plays the game with a lot of energy and passion. Having a player like Carter really helps our offense go. He has also played a big part in our defensive success. He is a great cover guy and is always around the football. Carter is an extremely well-rounded individual. He does a great job in the classroom and always makes time to give back to our community." — Penn Cambria football coach Nick Felus

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: "Wedding Crashers"

Favorite video game: Super Mario Bros.

Favorite food: Chipotle

Favorite teacher (subject taught): Mr. Spiecher, math

Favorite song: "Enter Sandman" by Metallica

Favorite app on your phone: Brawl Stars

Outside interests: Kan Jam, 3D printing, fishing and hanging out with my girlfriend

If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?: A chameleon because they can adapt to many different environments

Favorite athletic team: Virginia Tech

Athlete most admired: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts

Most influential person on my athletic career: My jumping coach, Lauren Michina

Most impressive athlete that you have competed against: Richland senior Evan McCracken

Proudest athletic achievement: Placing at states for track in 2022

How I got my start: My friends peer-pressured me to join the team

Go to a four-year college for engineering, ideally Virginia Tech — Jake Oswalt