Tunkhannock Area junior basketball player Ryan Harder scored 37 points in the Tigers last two games, both rallies. In the game against Lake-Lehman, Harder scored the final six points of the third, to swing TA’s momentum, and hold the lead until the end of the game. In recognition of his achievement, Harder has been named the Wyoming County Press Examiner Athlete of the Week.
Grade, age, hometown: Junior, 15, Tunkhannock
Family: Dad Stan, mom Laura, brother Sean (20)
Do you have any pets? No
Position: Shooting guard
What other sports do you play? I throw javelin in track and field.
Three reasons why you compete: I play the game because I love it, it is something to do in the winter, and I am pretty good at it.
Athletes you admire: LeBron James
What celebrity would you like to meet at Dunkin for a cup of coffee? American gambler and internet personality, Dan Bilzerian
Who inspires you to be better? My dad because he has always coached me and taught me pretty much everything I know.
Favorite school subject: Math
If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Australia
What is your biggest fear? Sharks
Favorite Social Media App: Instagram
Favorite Radio Station: Rap Cavalier on Sirius
What is the last movie you saw in the theater? “Jumanji: The Next Level”
What is the best place for post game food? Antonio’s
Who makes you laugh the most? My teammate, Trejon Turner, he is a very humorous kid.
Superstitions or Rituals: Before every game we go to eat at Subway
What song would you sing at karaoke? “Chicken Fried” by Zac Brown Band
When did you start playing basketball competitively? In first grade
Favorite school to compete at and why? Tunkhannock because it is always a good environment and the crowd supports us so much.
What is your favorite basketball memory? Beating Nanticoke two years ago on TV.
What did you want to be when you were younger? An NBA player
What is your dream job now? An NBA player
What is the coolest place you have traveled to? Dominican Republic
Who are your closest teammates? Jack Chilson and Jaren Robinson
How would you describe Coach Lunger in one word? Dedicated
How would he describe you? Hardworking
What sports quote or motto do you try to live by? “Always play your heart out.”
What skill would you like to master? To learn to fly an airplane
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? Meet a famous person.
Random fun fact: I can solve a Rubik’s cube.
Post-graduation plans: To go to college for physical therapy, and hopefully play basketball.