Times Leader Athlete of the Week: Redeemer’s Abby Shorts, Hazleton’s Franklin Cunningham

October 31st, 2016 9:00 am


School: Hazleton Area

Year: Junior

Sport, position: cross country

Family: Daniel, dad

Last week: At the District 2-4 Class 3A subregional cross country championships last Wednesday, Cunningham finished in fourth place with a time of 17:02.74. The time was good enough to qualify the junior for this third straight trip to the PIAA Championships at Hershey on Nov. 5.

What he says: “Mainly hard work everyday at practice. A lot of positive thoughts. Can’t be negative walking into a race, being negative means you’re going to lose from the beginning. … (I approached districts) like just another race. I knew I had to give it my all. Past experience helped out a lot. I knew what it was like being there two years in a row. … I think I’m ready for states. I’m always ready for states.”

Coach says: “He ran a very good race. He ran a smart and did what he had to do to make it to states. This will be his third time. He was there as a freshman as a team and went there last year (as an individual runner) with Matt Houser.” — Joseph Smolinski, Hazleton Area head cross country coach.

Favorite color: Red

Krisby Kreme vs. Dunkin Donuts: Dunkin Donuts

Favorite song right now: “SideLine Watching” Lil Uzi Vert

One thing people would be surprised to know about you: Love dogs

Superman or Batman: Batman

Favorite subject in school: Math

Favorite food: Seafood

What do you put on your pizza: Buffalo chicken

Favorite ice cream: Cookies and Cream

Favorite book: “Lance Armstrong: My comeback Up Close and Personal”

A place you’d like to visit: Brazil

What are you binge watching on Netflix: “Scandal”

Future goals: Run on a New Balance team when I’m older

Pirates or Ninjas: Ninjas



School: Holy Redeemer

Year: Senior

Sport, position: Field Hockey, forward

Family: Bill, dad; Kathy, mom; Christy, sister; Katie, sister; Eric, brother

Last week: In the opening round of the District 2 Class A field hockey playoffs, Shorts recorded a hat trick in a 16-minute span as the Royals beat Berwick, 8-0, last Monday. Two days later, Shorts scored a first-half goal to give Holy Redeemer a 2-0 win over Northwest. Undefeated Redeemer will play for the District 2 title on Tuesday against Lake-Lehman at Wyoming Seminary.

What she says: “It’s pretty good that it’s all coming together at the right time. I think we’ve come closer as a team. … The longer it goes, the more we form as a family and I think the passing is helping with everything. …

Krispy Kreme vs. Dunkin Donuts: Krispy Kreme

Favorite song right now: “Starboy” The Weeknd

Favorite sports team: Philadelphia Phillies

One thing people would be surprised to know about you: I can say the alphabet backwards

Favorite TV show: “Criminal Minds”

Favorite subject in school: Anatomy

Kanye West, yes or no: Yes

Favorite food: Sesame Jack Strips

Favorite Athlete: Kayla Kruk

One thing you would bring if you were trapped on a desert island: Angelo’s pizza

What do you put on your pizza: Sweet sauce and pineapple

Favorite musician/musical act: Kanye West

Favorite book: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

A place you’d like to visit: Egypt

Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving

What are you binge watching on Netflix: “Cupcake Wars”

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? To be super fast

Future goals: Graduate from college

Pirates or Ninjas: Pirates

Holy Redemer’s Abby Shorts (left), Hazleton Area’s Franklin Cunningham
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_Cunningham-Shorts.jpgHoly Redemer’s Abby Shorts (left), Hazleton Area’s Franklin Cunningham