Ligonier Valley's Grimm named Greensburg Tribune-Review's Female Athlete of Year
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Ligonier Valley · junior Soccer, football, basketball, softball
Ligonier Valley junior Maddy Grimm is one of those special athletes that don't come around too often.
She not only excels in the classroom where's she's a 4.0 student and is ranked fifth in her class, but she's found time to play four sports — and play all of them at a very high level.
Grimm is Ligonier Valley's all-time leading goal scorer in soccer, a three-year starter and double-digit scorer in basketball and a power-hitter who slugged 10 home runs this spring in softball.
She also booted more than 40 extra points and three field goals for the Ligonier Valley football team last fall.
Grimm is mulling over numerous college offers for softball and basketball. She recently visited Indiana (Pa.) and Kent State for softball and has received a basketball offer from St. Francis (Pa.).
That makes her the Tribune-Review Girls Athlete of the Year.
Are you good in every sport you play?
“No. I don't play tennis well, and I'm not a good swimmer. But I do play golf in outings with my friend every year.”
Why did you decide to play football?
“Actually, I was at soccer practice and we were running near the football practice field. Coach (Roger) Beitel asked if I would try to kick extra points. I asked my soccer coach if I could try, and he said I had 10 to 15 minutes. I only had tennis shoes on.”
So what happened, and were you nervous?
“I didn't know what I was doing, but I remembered watching what kickers did on TV. I asked coach about the steps and he told me. With the football team watching, I got nervous but was able to make the kick. He invited me back to evening practice and told me to bring my spikes.”
What was the reaction?
“My soccer teammates asked me how I did, and I told them I got invited back. Then, I told my mother (April), and she told my dad (Terry). My dad was worried someone would fall into my knee. I asked Coach Beitel why me, and he told me I was the best he had.”
What was it like in your first game?
“I was really nervous. The game was at Homer-Center, and it was weird at first. I also was nervous during my first home game.”
Do you have a favorite sport?
“I like the intensity of basketball, and I like playing softball. Shortstop is my favorite position. I've been playing soccer since I was 4. I like the physical contact in soccer. I like all the sports I play.”
What sport will you play in college?
“For the first time in my life, I have to make a decision. I'm being recruited to play basketball and softball. I'll listen to all offers. I want to study physical therapy, athletic training and nutrition.”
You are an excellent student. What is your favorite class?
“I like physics and trigonometry. I liked my teacher and I like math. I like to apply them to real life experiences.”
Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5095 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Latrobe girls soccer trying to play unpredictable in quest for return trip to postseason
- LV girls soccer looks to get back to playoffs
- Derry girls soccer continues to show improvement
- Karns City coach well-versed in team’s winning tradition