By Steve Svetovich
Kaci Kranson, a junior basketball and softball player at Holy Cross, was named female Athlete of the Year last month by the Times-Tribune.
Brandon Reed of Riverside was named male Athlete of the Year.
Both were honored last month at a dinner and ceremony at the Theater at North. A total of 35 student-athletes, who were chosen as Athlete of the Week and 23 athletes who were Times-Tribune Performers of the Year, were also honored.
It marked the 71st Times-Tribune and ESPN Radio Annual Athlete of the Week ceremony.
Kaci averaged 21.5 points per game for the Holy Cross Lady Crusaders basketball team. She has 1,225 career points at Holy Cross. She is closing in on the school record heading into her senior season.
She batted .485 with 12 homers, four doubles, three triples and 28 RBIs for the Holy Cross softball team.
“When I heard my name being recognized as female Athlete of the Year, well I was in complete shock,” Kaci said to The Dunmorean. “When they announced my name it was definitely one of the best moments in my life. It was very special having my two high school coaches support me. I am honored.”
Kaci’s softball coach at Holy Cross is Joe Ross. Her basketball coach is the veteran Barry Fitzgerald.
The hard working junior, who aspires to become a physical therapist, was a first-team, all-state selection for basketball this past season.
She was second in the Lackawanna League in homers to Maranda Runco of Mid Valley who had 19 this past year.
A point guard on the Holy Cross basketball team, Kaci had multiple 30-point plus games as she led her team to a District 2 basketball title and a close run at the state championship.
She helped lead the Holy Cross softball team to the District 2 Class 2A championship, a 2-1 loss to Elk Lake.
Not just a hard hitter on the softball diamond, Kaci also shows great athleticism, speed and range in the outfield catching every ball in sight.
She is considered a strong Division 1 college candidate for both basketball and softball.
Known for her character and team play, she has a strong knowledge of both sports.
Driven to success, Kaci also excels in the classroom and is currently spending her time working out with a cast due to a broken wrist she suffered making a dive in the outfield in the district title softball loss to Elk Lake.
She is driven to be the best despite a quiet demeanor and often deflecting credit to her teammates.
“This really is a great honor,” she said. “I had great support.”