D9Sports.com and EYT Media are 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.
Today’s player profile is a dual profile of Clarion Area twins Reed and Ryan Anthony.
REED and RYAN ANTHONY – Seniors – Clarion Area
Sons of: Rob and Bonnie Anthony
Sports Played: Both play basketball and baseball
2015-16 Highlights: The Anthony twins were both instrumental in the success of both the Bobcats basketball and baseball teams in 2016. In basketball, Reed averaged 5.4 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game while hitting a team-high 25 3-pointers, and Ryan scored 3.7 points per game to go with 1.4 assists and 1.3 rebounds per contest and hit 18 threes, the third most on the team. In baseball, Reed, a lefty, was one of the top pitchers for the Bobcats going 4-0 with a save and a team-best 0.79 ERA. He struck out a team-high 44 in 35 ⅔ innings of work and also hit .360 with 12 RBIs. Ryan was also one of Clarion’s starters and hit .265 with a .345 on-base percentage while driving in 10 and stealing five bases.
Post High School Goals: Reed says he would like to go to college but isn’t sure what he will major in. He hasn’t thought about playing college sports. Ryan says he would like to be a pharmacist. He also hasn’t thought about playing sports in college.
Q&A With Reed and Ryan Anthony
D9Sports: Do you have a favorite sport, and if so why?
Reed Anthony: I don’t have a favorite. I like them both equally.
Ryan Anthony: I like basketball better because the energy is higher and it is at a quicker pace.
D9: What is your best high-school related sports memory and why?
Reed Anthony: My best memory is playing Elk County Catholic in the district baseball semifinals when I was a sophomore, winning the game and having the only hit.
Ryan Anthony: Both games this past basketball season against Clarion-Limestone because it was a great atmosphere and the games were so close (a win for each side of the other’s home court).
D9: Has there been a coach and/or teacher who has influenced you the most in your high-school career to this point, and if so, why?
Reed Anthony: One of our basketball coaches, Coach (Tom) Lewis has influenced me the most. He is always trying to get the absolute best out of me, and he tries to prepare you for the real world.
Ryan Anthony: One of our basketball volunteer coaches, Coach Lewis, has had an impact on me because he pushed you to be the best that you can be, and he knows how to motivate you to do your best.
D9: What do you like best about playing sports in high school?
Reed Anthony: My favorite thing about high school sports is the competition between the other schools.
Ryan Anthony: I like the atmosphere and the competitiveness of the sports world.
D9: What is the hardest part about playing sports in high school?
Reed Anthony: The hardest part about high school sports is trying to balance the sport with schoolwork and a job.
Ryan Anthony: Balancing sports with everything else that we do.
D9: How much offseason work do you put into your sports?
Reed Anthony: I put about an hour a day, four days a week into each sport.
Ryan Anthony: Probably about an hour a day, four days a week.
D9: What is your favorite subject in school?
Reed Anthony: Science
Ryan Anthony: Science
D9: What do you like to do for fun when you aren’t playing sports?
Reed Anthony: I like to hunt and just hang out.
Ryan Anthony: I like to hunt and to relax.
D9: What are your goals for the upcoming school year both sports wise and academically?
Reed Anthony: I hope to get all A’s in all subjects academically, and I hope to compete for a district championship in both sports.
Ryan Anthony: I want to be on the principal’s list all four quarters and to do the absolute best that I can in both sports.