2017-18 7/8 Grade Blue Team
The 8th Grade Legends Blue Team finished their 2017-18 season with a terrific spring season. For the eight 8th graders, this was their final regular season on the Legends, and they finished together. The team enjoyed many highlights this year. In the winter season the team highlights included a one point win over Bishop Guilfoyle, and a 14 point win over in-town rivals, the Hot Shots. In the Spring tournament season, the team swept the Clearfield March Madness Shootout before traveling the Scranton where they played four strong games and finished at 2-2, including a last second three point come from behind win over the Lady Storm. However, the real highlight of the year came in Scranton, not because of basketball play, but because of the team finished together.
The team, since it started, has won an incredible 75 games, went 4-0 in a Shootout, and played in 3 Championship games and finished in the top two in their league 4 times.
Sophia La Porta
Emalia Wagner complete her third year on the Legends. She finished second on the team in rebounds with 83, and had nine blocked shots. Had a huge third game in Scranton, grabbing 10 rebounds and scoring 5 points as the Legend made an 11 point comeback to win. Emalia also played for the White Team. In her career Emalia had 411 rebounds (2nd on her team), 243 points and 79 blocked shots. She led her team in rebounding once and blocked shots once.
Sophia La Porta completed her 6th year as an original Legend. A knee injury severely limited her minutes in the first 5 games of the season, before forcing her off the court. She returned for limited play in the Scranton Shootout. She was second on her team in assists at the time of her injury. Despite missing the last two seasons almost entirely, Sophia finished with 93 career assists (3rd on the team, was 2nd when injured), 95 steals, and 37 blocked shots. She was 1st or 2nd on her team in assists twice, and was second in blocked shots once.
Ava “The Answer” Swanson finished her 5th year as a Legend. She was third on her team in scoring with 91 points, 4th is assists with 17, and first in steals with 54. She was second on the team in three pointers with 7. Ava shot 50% from the foul line. Had a season high 10 points vs. Bishop Guilfoyle, and was second on the team in scoring in the Scranton Shootout with 23 points in 4 games. Had a huge game winning 3 pointer with 4 seconds left of the last win of the season. Ava finished her career with 189 steals (1st on team), 11 three pointers and 229 points. She led her team in steals 4 ties and was second in rebounds twice.
Sam Dunlap completed her 5th year as an original Legend, competing in the NEPA Flames Shootout in Scranton. In four games Sam had 17 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 35% from the field. In her career, Sam had 56 assists, 329 rebounds, 153 steals (2nd on team) and 72 blocked shots (3rd). She also scored 235 points. Sam led her team in scoring three times, blocked shots three times, rebounding twice, and blocked shots once.
Emalia had another strong year in her second year as a Legend. She was third on the team in scoring, 2nd in rebounds and 2nd in blocked shots. She hit two free throws to win the team’s first game of the year. She led the team in foul shooting percentage in the fall season. She had 30 rebounds and 24 points in the NEPA Flames Shootout. In the team’s final victory she had her best game: 10 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.
Sophia started the season with her usual aggressive play at the PG and off guard. Her season ended after three games due to an injury. She made a dramatic return in the NEPA shootout to throw an inbound pass to break the press. She is working out hard to return next season. She is an original team member, and completed her 5th season. Sophia was leading guards in rebounding when she was injured. Her best game came against Altoona when she had an assist and 3 rebounds.
Emalia was a 1st year player. She finished second on the team in rebounds (200) and offensive rebounds (112). Best game was in Scranton shootout with 13 points and 22 rebounds. Developed into a force in the winter St. Rose league where she was 3rd on the team in scoring.
Sophia completed her 4th year as a Legend. She was third on the team in assists (29) and blocked shots (17). Played mostly at the 3-guard and PG and served as a steady playmaker and defensive stalwart. Had season high 5 assists in one game. Hit huge shot in OT against St. Rose to seal a victory.
The Answer developed from a defensive specialist to a well rounded player that played all three guard positions. She finished the year 4th in scoring, 4th in assists and 3rd in three pointers. She led the team in steals. She had a game high 11 points. She led the team in scoring in the Lewistown tournament. She had 19 points and 21 rebounds in the NEPA Flames shootout.
Ava “The Answer” Swanson completed her 3rd year as a Legend. Emerged as a PG as the season progressed. She was a defensive specialist and often drew the opponent’s best scorer as a defensive assignment. Was second on the team in steals (45) and had 65 rebounds from the guard position.
Liv Salazer completed her 3rd year as a Legend. She also lays on the White team. Liv transitioned to guard this season, moving her way into the rotation at point. She was second on the team with 19 assists and had 19 steals. She had 11 points and 7 assists in the Clearfield Shootout. For her career numbers, see the White Team page.
Rayna Fischer completed her 4th year as a Legend. She also plays on the White team. Rayna led the team in scoring with 104 points, and was third in steals with 24. She also led the team in free shooting percentage at 60%. She led the team in scoring in the Clearfield Shootout and had a season high 12 against the Shooting Stars. For her career numbers, see the White Team page.
Rosi Tsarnakova completed her first year as a Legend. She finished with 72 rebounds (3rd on the team) and 16 blocked shots (2nd on the team), to go with 46 points. She excelled in the spring season, leading the team in scoring and grabbing the second most rebounds in the Lewistown tournament. She also excelled in the Scranton shootout, finishing second on the team in rebounds and blocked shots. Had a career high 13 points vs. Mifflin County.
Layla “Sunshine” Thornton completed her 6th year as an original Legend, returning to compete in the NEPA Flames Shootout in Scranton. In the four game shootout she was second on the team in rebounds and second in blocked shots. In her career she had 744 rebounds (1st on her team), 144 steals (4th), 139 blocked shots (1st) and 312 points (4th). She led her team in scoring once, blocked shots three times, steals once, and rebounding two times.
Liv played up on the 7th grade team and had a strong season. Playing guard, she was third on the team in assists and led the team with a 32% shooting percentage from the field. She played strong defense and provided very active play on the boards. She was second on the team in steals in the Fall season. For her combined two teams she scored over 390 points.
Liv joined the 6th grade team as a part timer in the winter season, but earned full-time status with her strong play. Had 65 rebounds while playing mostly guard. Led guards in rebounding in the St. Rose league.
Rayna played up on the 7th grade team and led the team in scoring and was second in steals. She was 7-13 (54%) from three point range. She led the team with 36 points in the 3 game Philipsburg Shootout. Her highest scoring game was 15 points. She was a constant outside threat that expanded her game this year with improved passing and driving. For her combined two teams she scored over 400 points.
Rayna completed her 2nd year as a Legend and played on the 6th grade team as a 5th grader. She was 3rd on the team in scoring (146 points), second in foul shooting percentage, and tie for third in 3 pointers. Had 13 points in one game in Scranton shootout.
Rachel “Sugar Ray” Fatula finished her 6th years as an original Legend. She led her team with 19 three pointers, shooting 36% from beyond the arc. She had 16 assists and 66 rebounds (4th on the team). She had 25 points in the Clearfield Shootout for third best on the team. For her career Rachel finished with 136 assists (2nd on her team), 394 rebounds, 48 three pointers (1st), and 450 points (1st). She led her team in assists twice, three pointers four times, and scoring once.
Rachel Peachey completed her 6th year as an original Legend, and team captain. She led the team in assists with 37, had 17 steals and led the team shooting 43% beyond the arc. Had 4 assists in a game twice. Rachel finished her career with 204 assists (1st on team), 402 rebounds (4th), 145 steals (2nd), 39 three-pointers (2nd), and 425 points (3rd). She led her team in assists 7 times, and scoring once.
Nicole “Nikki” Egan completed her second year on the Legends and became an inside force. She finished the season with 33 rebounds, and was a 50% free thrown shooter. She had a particularly strong spring season helping the team finish 4-0 in the Clearfield Spring Shootout, where she finished 4th on the team in rebounds.
Mya “Mighty Mac” McElhinney completed her 5th year as a Legend. She scored 100 points (2nd on the team), led the team in rebounds with 126, was third in assists with 18, and was second in steals with 28. Had a season high 13 points vs. Bishop Guilfoyle. Mya finished her career with 691 rebounds (2nd for her team) and 429 points (2nd). She led her team in rebounding five times, and scoring once. She was second in scoring 5 times.
Mighty Mac completed her 4th year as a Legend. She was second on the team in scoring, and led the team in rebounding (117) and was third in steals. Had a game high 16 points. Best game came in the NEPA Shootout when she had 14 points and 13 rebounds in a Legends victory. Had 50 rebounds in the 4 game shootout. Mya combines power and slick moves to play a dynamic post position.
Mya “Mighty Mac” McElhinney completed her third year with the Legends. She led the team in offensive (122), defensive (145) and total rebounds (267) and scoring (187 points). She also led the team in free throws attempted (172) and made. She had 16 points in a victory in Scranton
Nicole joined the Legends in the fall and was gained playing time each week. She was set back by an injury but was back to full form by the NEPA shootout. She saved her best for last, playing her strongest game in the team’s final victory in which she grabbed 3 rebounds and played tough interior defense. She also had a strong Philipsburg shootout finishing with 5 rebounds.
Sugar Ray completed her 5th year as a Legend, and had another strong season. She led the team lead in assists (28) and led the team in 3 pointers. She also led all guards in rebounding. She played exceptionally well in the NEPA Shootout where she was 5-14 from three point range and had 9 assists in 4 games. Had a season high 9 points in one game.
Rachel “Sugar Ray” Fatula completed her 4th year as a Legend. She was second on the team in scoring (140 points), first in 3 pointers, second in assists and led all guards with 92 rebounds. Also led the team in foul shooting percentage. Had 13 points in a game twice.
Rachel completed her 5th year as a Legend. She is the team captain. She is a selfless point guard who does whatever it takes to win. She led the team in assists in the fall season (22), and was second on the team in foul shooting percentage. She led the team in scoring and assists in the Lewistown tournament. Scored a game high 10 points.
Rachel completed her 4th year as a Legend as was the starting PG. She led the team in assists (49), was second in blocked shots (19), and was second on the team in three pointers. She had 70 rebounds from the PG position. Had steal with 4 seconds to go and made an end-to-end layup at the buzzer to win game at St. Rose.