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Connellsville junior shines on and off the field

| Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, 12:11 a.m.
Junior Ashton Grimm has been a standout in athetics and academics at Connellsville High School. Ken Brooks/For the Daily Courier

Ashton Grimm likes to make the best of every situation.

The junior is a three-sport athlete at Connellsville, competing in soccer, basketball and track. And while the Connellsville girls soccer team managed just five wins, it was still a successful season for Grimm on an individual level.

“Even though we were losing, I tried my best for my team and my coach,” Grimm said. “I didn't want to let them down. That was my main motivation.”

Grimm's desire and consistent hard work paid off as she earned All-Section 1-AAA honors for the 2012 season. The most recent Falcons all-section player was Ashlyn Fratto in 2010.

“Ashton is the kind of player that is delightful to watch,” Falcons coach Jeff Puskar said. “She always gives her best. She was in a tough situation because she was always going against two to four defenders. But she is a dynamic player, and she always tries to make something happen. She is tough to defend.”

Despite having opposing defenses shift in her direction, Grimm still managed 14 goals and five assists.

She was honored to make the all-section team, which is voted on by coaches.

“When I first found out, I thought it was for all-county,” Grimm said. “But knowing that it is all-section is pretty cool because the other coaches in the section noticed how hard I worked.”

Grimm also has earned all-county honors in each of her three sports, but she is much more than just an athlete. Grimm is maintaining a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the Penn State 4.0 Club.

Just like with sports, Grimm gives it her all in academics, though being a student-athlete can be time-consuming.

“I have to manage my time very well,” she said. “Any chance I get, like when we are traveling on the bus for away games, I have to be studying. I don't have a lot of free time.”

But having a lot of free time isn't high on her list of priorities.

“We've started basketball conditioning, but before that, I was home for two days, and I was complaining that I wasn't doing anything,” she said.

With basketball season just around the corner, Grimm no longer has to worry about being idle as she prepares to do her best on the hardwood this winter, followed by her best effort on the track in the spring, all while staying near the head of the class in academics.

Jason Black is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jblack@tribweb.com or 724-626-3534.

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