Pioneer Focus: Sydnee Penn


PEDIGREE: This week’s Pioneer Focus goes to women’s basketball’s  junior guard Sydnee Penn for her performance in a victory and a defeat this past week.

Over the week, Penn was the leading force for the Pioneers as she averaged 16.5 points per game in 31 minutes of play. On Valentine’s Day she powered the Pioneers to a 55-44 GLIAC victory over Tiffin by leading a second half comeback with 16 points and 10 boards.

Junior guard Sydnee Penn battles a Walsh defender as she rises for a shot in last winter’s 61-49 Mayor Cup’s loss. Penn registered six points, nine rebounds and three assists in the loss on Jan. 19, 2012. (Photo courtesy of Andy Smith)

She was able to follow that impressive performance two days later by again leading the Pioneers in scoring as she poured in 17 points on 6-14 shooting from the field. Unfortunately, she was not able to lead her team to victory as the Pioneers fell just short, losing 61-59 against Ohio Dominican.

Overall Penn has averaged 9.3 points per game this season as she has helped the much improved women’s team to a 13-10 record (9-10 GLIAC).

Get to know the hometown product from McKinley high school in Canton…

Q: Favorite food?

A: Chicken

Q: Favorite Superbowl commercial?

A: Any Doritos commercial because they were all pretty good. (Watch another one of the commercials here)

Q: Favorite athlete?

A: Earl “The Goat” Manigault

Q: Something most people don’t know about you?

A: I had the desire to be a psychologist.

Q: Most embarrassing moment?

A: Going to a Monday, Wednesday class on a Friday and wondering where everyone else was.

Q: Favorite aspect of basketball?

A: Defense because it doesn’t matter how many points you score but how many stops you get to win a game.

Q: Love or hate Valentine’s Day?

A: Hate

Q: Favorite fast food outlet?

A: Mr. Hero, I have been talking about it a lot lately.

Q: Best and worst part about college athletics?

A: Best: Traveling and the opportunity to play at the college level.

Worst: Practice and class are always on the same day.

Q: Coolest nickname you have ever received?

A: Probably Syd the Kyd or Syd Be Da.

Chris Sherwood is sports editor for The Aviso AVW.

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