On Friday, April 28, Tunkhannock Area senior Hunter Grow scored five goals to help lead the Tigers to their first Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 win with a 7-6 victory at Coughlin. Grow also scored two goals the day before in Tunkhannock’s 7-4 non-league win against Abington Heights. For his accomplishments, Grow has been named the Wyoming County Press Examiner’s Athlete of the Week.
Grade, age, hometown: Senior, 17, Tunkhannock
Family: Sean, father; Sherry, mother.
Athletes I admire: Rob Pannell
Favorite Movie: “Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith”
Favorite TV show: “The Flash”
Favorite band/artist: Twenty One Pilots
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite school subject: Spanish
Three people I’d like to have dinner with: “Greg Loboda, Donald Trump and Ted Nafus Jr.”
Biggest role model: “Paul Rabil because he works all the time and pushes himself.”
Post-graduation plans: “I’m committed to Elizabethtown College and plan to study Spanish education and play lacrosse.”
What were some of your goals for this season? “For myself, to improve on my skills, and for the team, to just help out and make them the best they can be since it’s more a rebuilding year.”
Did having head coach Dan Davidson as an assistant last year help in the transition to this season? “Definitely, we used to have a lot more captains, but this year it’s just been myself and Ted (Nafus), so we’re able to take control with everything.”
Did you do anything specific to prepare for this season? “A couple of us would stay after school and run the track and play wall ball behind the middle school during the offseason.”
What are you better at now than when you started playing varsity? “Definitely my stick skills in general and my place on the team as a leader. I really rose from the bottom as a sophomore and worked to the top now.”
What would you say your role is on the team? “For some games its challenging to get the ball to our side of the field, so I try to help when we’re on defense and scream out the cutters so that they can hear me.”
Is there something that helps you when it comes to offense? “Stick skills is the biggest thing and probably one of the biggest things I work on during the offseason. It definitely helps me a lot to dodge, and that combined with speed makes for a good run.”
What did it mean to you to have such a positive impact in getting the first division win? ”It was definitely a relief to say the least to finally get that conference win under our belt. To have such an impact was really fun.”
What do you think the team has to improve on moving forward? “Working as a team. We didn’t do that very well to start the season but have continued to get better as the games have gone by. We’re also interacting with each other on and off the field a lot more now.”
Is there something you hope to leave behind to the program after graduation? “I hope they take over the work ethic that myself and some of the upperclassmen have shown as far as outside of practice goes. I know that there’s some underclassmen that will help in passing that torch.”
What do you hope to accomplish for the rest of the season? “I still just want to improve our skills as a team and myself as an individual, and also just see the team having fun.
What’s been your favorite part of being on the team? “Having the teammates that I do and being able to go out and eat after every single practice and have a great time.”