Athlete of the Week: Luke Cruver
On April 1, Tunkhannock Area’s Luke Cruver had six blocks to help lead the Tigers to a 3-2 win over Delaware Valley, their first win since 2012.
Cruver also had 13 kills and four blocks in a 3-2 win over Dallas Monday and 18 kills and 10 blocks in a 3-1 win against Berw ick on Thursday.
For his accomplishments, Cruver has been named the Wyoming County Press Examiner’s Athlete of the Week.
Class, age, hometown : Senior, 18, Tunkhannock.
Family : Judy Murach, mother; Ronald Murach, stepfather; Matt Cruver, father; Mark Cruver, brother; Sean Murach, stepbrother.
Other sports I play : Soccer
Athletes I admire : “Michael Phelps because I used to swim and I continued to like him even after I stopped.”
Favorite Movie : “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
Favorite TV show: “Family Guy”
Favorite band/artist: Josh Turner
Favorite Food : Chicken
One word to describe me: Nice
Three people I’d like to have dinner with: Michael Phelps, Jeff Gordon and Randy Orton
Biggest role model: “From Tunkhannock my biggest role model would be Paul Hemme. He comes to a lot of the games. He was a senior while I was a freshman and I always looked up to him.”
Post-graduation plans: “I’ve b een accepted to Keystone College and plan to study criminal justice or psychology.”
Superstitions or rituals : “I always wear a necklace during warm-up, it’s a seven-point star that symbolizes the warding of evil and there’s seven virtues that go with it.”
What was your main goal coming into this season? “I just wanted my team to be able to win a few games and we’ve done that so hopefully we can continue that now.”
What did it mean to the team to pick up the win against Delaware Valley? “All of us were so excited. It definitely brought us out of the helplessness we had from last year because we had no wins. It was a big morale booster for us.”
What was your game plan in the match against Berwick? “I’m always trying to improve my blocks because if I can shut down their hitters that always frustrates them and that’s pretty much my role. My kills came from my setters, Adam (Billings), AJ (Passarelli) and Zach (Daniels), I have to give them credit. It was a good game and we played well with good passes, good sets and good kills.”
How has being tall helped with your success? “It definitely plays a really big role, being able to jump and have my block up there for a longer time and being able to overextend for balls that I probably would have missed otherwise.”
What has been your favorite part of being on the team so far? “We went to a tournament and played some really good teams and lost every game, but when we got back we decided to have a team bonfire and we had a really go od time at it and it was really fun being able to bond as a team.”