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July 2, 2013

Athletes of the Year Nominees: Today, meet the female standouts from Lawrence County

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NEW CASTLE — MIRANDA HEANEY

Heaney made life difficult for opponents of the Union basketball team.

The 5-8 guard, along with twin sister Marissa, was the heart and soul of the Lady Scots’ offense.

 Miranda ranked fourth in the county with 12.7 points a game last season, placed second in free-throw shooting by knocking down 65 of 90 attempts (72.2 percent) and finished fourth in 3-pointers with 34. Because of her efforts, she received all-section first-team honors in WPIAL Section 1-A.

Union finished its season 11-11 with a loss to Winchester Thurston in the opening round of the WPIAL Class A playoffs. Heaney led the team with 14 markers.    

She will join her sister on the court for Geneva College women’s basketball team next season.  

AMANDA HERB

Herb kept active in sports all-year round.

Her excellent senior season began with WPIAL Section 3-A first-team honors in volleyball. As a right-side hitter, Herb finished with 91 kills, 41 errors, 307 attempts, 53 block assists, 14 solo blocks, 37 digs, 22 aces and a 2.0 serve/receive ratio. The Lady Wildcats went unbeaten (12-0) in section play.

As the season changed, Herb replaced her volleyball uniform with a basketball jersey. She did her part on the court, averaging 8.8 points a game, including 26 in a 61-48 victory over Freedom. Shenango struggled throughout the year, ending with a  7-14 overall mark.

When basketball season was long gone, Herb changed her look again with track and field attire.

She was a fixture in the field events for the Lady Wildcats, placing second in the WPIAL Championships in the shot put at 38-11. In the WPIAL qualifiers a week earlier, she took first in the shot put (37-9) and discus (100-9).

Herb would go on to finish 12th in the state competition with a 36 3/4 distance in the shot put.  

KYLER LUM

Lum was the best of the best in District 10 soccer.

The junior was named District 10, Region 1 player of the year. It was Lum’s third straight MVP, as she became Wilmington’s first three-time winner.

 Lum finished with 22 goals and nine assists. In addition, she was named to the Erie Times-News All-D-10 team, as selected by the Erie Times-News staff.

Overall, the Lady Greyhounds finished 8-9-1, dropping a 4-1 decision to Fairview in the District 10 Class A semifinals to end their run as two-time district champions.

Lum also broke a gender barrier, becoming the first female placekicker on Wilmington’s varsity football team this past season.

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