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Athlete signs for second sport

May 1, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

BHS senior Jenna Kuczek, daughter of Jeff and Jennifer Kuczek committed to play basketball at Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia this fall.

It was Jenna's second sports commitment to the university. In February, she signed to play soccer for the Battlers and she is excited to become a two-sport collegiate athlete.

''I really like the team and the school,'' she said. ''And I want to play both soccer and basketball.''

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BHS senior Jenna Kuczek signs her second letter of intent to play basketball for the Alderson Broaddus University Battlers this fall. She was joined at the signing on April 24 by her family including her father Jeff Kuczek, mother Jennifer Kuczek, and her brothers Jack and John Kuczek.

Jenna said she is attending the university on a full-tuition scholarship for soccer. She said the basketball commitment doesn't permit additional tuition funds since she has the scholarship with soccer

According to Jenna, she plans to work on a degree in biology and pre-med with the intent to enter the medical field and specialize in sports injuries, something she knows about from prior experience.

In her junior year, Jenna, tore her ACL just days before the first district basketball game. The injury carried into her senior year, where she only was able to play half of the season. When she returned, Jenna proved she was fit and ready and earning Second Team All Federal Team honors for Most Valuable Goal stemming from her second game after her return to the game.

In basketball, she was a four-year letter winner and starter for the Lady Spartans. She played one-and-a-half seasons under former coach Ron Moschella and finished her career with coach Jeff Hammerton. Notable accomplishments on the court included scoring 27 points against Warren Harding, sinking eight 3-pointers in the same game, and being selected to play in the Mahoning-Trumbull Allstar games for both basketball and soccer.

Off the court and field, Jenna maintains a 4.0 GPA and is involved with the Science Club, Latin Club, Medical Careers Club, National Honor Society, Big Spartan/Little Spartans, Interact Club and Link Crew.

''We are very proud of her,'' said father Jeff Kuczek. ''She made a comeback (from her injury) through a lot of hard work.''

Kuczek said his daughter has always loved sports. She started playing soccer in kindergarten and began her love for basketball while in the third grade.



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