D9Sports.com/EYT Media is doing a series of player profiles on returning high-school athletes this summer. The year in school listed by the athlete is the year the athlete is entering this fall.
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BLAKE BURGETT – SENIOR – AUSTIN
Son of: Joe and Crystal Burgett
Sports Played: Basketball at Austin and baseball at Coudersport as part of a co-op with Austin
Family Members Playing/Played Sports: His brother, mom, dad, aunt and uncle all played sports.
2017-18 Highlights: Blake helped Austin to the District 9 basketball playoffs for the first time since 2004 while helping the Panthers go 13-10, a remarkable record considering Coudersport was 12-139 from 2011 and 2017 and 19-271 since its last playoff appearance in 2004. He played a major role in the turnaround as the second-leading scorer on the team at 11.3 points per game. That included a pair of 20-point contests including a season-high 23 points vs. Tidioute Charter. He was named an NTL All-Star in basketball. In baseball, he helped Coudersport to the District 9 Class 2A playoffs and was named a D9 Northern Allegheny League Small School North Division All-Star.
Post-High School Plans: Blake plans on attending trade school to become an electrician.
Q&A With Blake Burgett
D9Sports: What is your favorite sport to participate in and why?
BB: Basketball. I have always loved the game since I was a little kid.
D9Sports: What is your favorite memory, moment, game from playing high school sports?
BB: My favorite game would be the playoff game last year against Cameron County, even though we lost I feel like it made us a better team for this year to come
D9Sports: Why do you play high school sports?
BB: I play high school sports because I enjoy all sports. I enjoy playing and watching. Also, you get to play with and against some of your best friends and that doesn’t come at any other level very often.
D9Sports: Who has had the most influence on your athletic career and why?
BB: My Dad has had the most influence on my athletic career. He has always pushed me to do the greatest I can in everything I do and to never give up on anything no matter the circumstances.
D9Sports: Do you remember the first sport you played and did you like it right away or did it grow on you?
BB: I started playing basketball around the age of eight, and I loved the game right away.
D9Sports: Do you have a favorite number for a uniform? If so, what is the story behind that number?
BB: My favorite number is 23 because my favorite player is Michael Jordan and he’s the greatest of all time.
D9Sports: What would someone who doesn’t know you be surprised to find out about you?
BB: When I’m not playing sports or in school, I enjoy fishing and riding four-wheelers.
D9Sports: If you could eat dinner with anyone famous (living or dead) who would it be and why?
BB: I would eat dinner with Michael Jordan because I have always been a big fan of his and I would enjoy meeting him.
D9Sports: Iphone or Android or Neither and why?
BB: iPhone that’s currently what I own I have had an Android before and I will never go back.
D9Sports: What is your go-to Social Media and why?
BB: Twitter, there’s always something juicy on there.
D9Sports: What do you like most about high school and why?
BB: The thing I like most about high school is the experiences you have through sports.
D9Sports: What do you like least about high school and why?
BB: The thing I like least about high school is having to leave this year and graduate.
D9Sports: What question do you wish I would have asked you? And what is the answer to it?
BB: Is there a high school player on your team or another team that you enjoy watching play? Owen Chambers of Coudersport. I play baseball with him and basketball against and just the way the game of basketball looks so effortless and everything he does looks so smooth.