Rhianna Benton

Portage senior Rhianna Benton is the Female Spotlight Athlete of the Week for Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. 

Name: Rhianna Benton

School: Portage

Age: 17

Grade: 12

Sports: Rifle, volleyball and softball

Parent: Rebecca Benton, of Portage

Athletic achievements: In rifle, letterman since ninth grade, placed eighth at states in 10th grade, in 11th grade the team got third at states, team captain.

Coach’s quote: “Rhianna has been a top gun almost from the start. Her work ethic is remarkable and she rarely misses practice or a match except for illness. She is very smart, super dependable and helpful to all, especially the newer shooters. Rhianna is quite the example for all, a standout in a very difficult discipline.” — Portage rifle coach Ned Moore

Favorite subject: Mathematics

Favorite movie: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”

Favorite book or video game: The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

Favorite food: Sushi

Favorite teacher (and what they teach): Mr. Randall, mathematics

Favorite song: “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s

Outside interests: Shopping, reading, getting iced coffee, hanging out with friends and going out to eat with my family

If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?: I would be a cat because they are independent, curious, friendly and really adorable.

Favorite athletic team: Lilly baseball, city league team

Athlete most admired: Brandon Ickes

Most influential persons on my athletic career: My mom because she has always coached me and supported me, and Brandon Ickes because he showed me how I want to act and carry myself as an athlete

Most impressive athlete that you have competed against: Billy Ramus because even though we shot together he always pushed me to try to outshoot him, and he was always considerate to other shooters.

Proudest athletic achievement: Last year when our rifle team came together at states to get third and beat teams we previously lost to during the regular season.

How I got my start: My pap taking me out to shoot guns.

Future goal: Place this year at states both individually and as a team.

Cory Isenberg is a sports reporter and columnist for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at (814) 532-5080.​ Follow her on Twitter @CoryIsenbergTD.

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