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Quaker Valley hockey, baseball player honored

| Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch
Quaker Valley's Clayton Bouchard (left) and Nelson Westwood (center) celebrate a strong inning during a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal game Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Fox Chapel High School.
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Quaker Valley's Clayton Bouchard

Quaker Valley senior Clayton Bouchard can put big numbers up on the ice and in the classroom.

Bouchard received the Steel City Sports World Youth Sports and Education Award for hockey last month. He was one of 18 students from the region honored at the banquet. The awards are presented to athletes who excel in competition, the classroom and in the community.

“It is a true honor,” Bouchard said. “The group really knows sports. So many other great athletes were honored at the event. I am glad I was able to be part of it.”

Bouchard — who is also the starting left fielder for the Quakers baseball team — finished his senior year with 21 goals and 43 assists. He was the team captain for a Quaker Valley team that wen 25-1 in 2012-13 and won a Penguins Cup.

The squad went 46-2-1 over the last two seasons. Bouchard finished his career with 163 points — eighth all-time at Quaker Valley — and has the school's asset record.

“It was bittersweet to go undefeated and win the Pens Cup and dominate like we did and then lose in the state title game,” Bouchard said. “But looking back, getting to the state title game was an accomplishment in itself.”

While his numbers on the ice were impressive, his numbers in the classroom were even better. Bouchard made the distinguished honor roll all four years of high school and finished with a 4.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.

“Throughout high school, the classroom was No. 1,” Bouchard said. “While I love baseball and hockey, academics have been my top priority. My parents always stressed that the classroom was most important.”

His devotion to his classwork led to Bouchard's decision to attend Notre Dame. He cited the university's top-rated business school as a major drawing factor.

“The atmosphere there is different than any other school I visited,” Bouchard said. “My dad was bringing me to games there since I was really young. To be able to go to South Bend is great.”

While his choice was based on academics, Bouchard's future may still feature athletic competition. He was mulling an offer to attend Division III McAllister in Minnesota to play baseball but decided to attend Notre Dame. Bouchard sent the Irish baseball coaching staff a highlight video and information and he was invited to try out for the team.

“It's all I can ask for,” Bouchard said. “I am glad I am lucky enough to be able to try out.”

Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at nsmith@tribweb.com or via Twitter @NSmith_Trib.

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