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Athletes of the Week: Shawn Gallagher and Abbey Weitzeil

| SC Living | July 13, 2017

Shawn Gallagher

Canyon quarterback Shawn Gallagher looks for an opening during an 11-on-11 man practice at Valencia on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

As the quarterback on the varsity football team at Canyon High School, Shawn Gallagher, a junior this year, is expected to lead the way.

“Shawn has not only taken on the role of quarterback with passion and enthusiasm, but has also showcased intangibles that are hard to duplicate within the football world,” said Rich Gutierrez, Canyon High School football coach. “Outside of that, he is a dynamite kid and an absolute pleasure to be around. I am excited for his future within Cowboy Football and beyond.”

Shawn grew up watching the Canyon Cowboys program, which he said is nostalgic for him.

“Being brought up from youth to play for this organization has been a true blessing,” Shawn said. “Having a receiving corps like Carson Strickland and Roland Hardson has allowed me the opportunity to use my skill set along with theirs to create big plays and a lot of consistency.”

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Shawn said he plans to be counted on by his coaches to turn the tide after the Cowboys’ rough season last year.

“The coaching staff really pushes us to become great football players and even greater men,” he said. “The chance to be a Cowboy is once in a lifetime and this upcoming season I hope to bounce back as a group and put Canyon’s name back out there with the best of them.”

Abbey Weitzeil

Abbey Weitzeil, team USA swimmer and former swimmer for Saugus High, swam 24.74 seconds in the 50 meter freestyle Final at the Phillips 66 National Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana.

After what she had expressed was a rough transition into college after the Rio Olympics, Weitzeil finished in second place with her time, qualifying for the World Championship roster with her runner-up finish. She will be competing next month in Budapest, Hungary.

 

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