New Castle News


July 2, 2013

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



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.  


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.  


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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