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Top 25 Countdown Powered by Hunter’s Station Golf Course: No. 8 Mylee Harmon’s Historic Freshman Season for Redbank Valley

Redbank Valley's Mylee Harmon. File photo by Rich Rhoades.

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NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. – It’s hard to imagine when Redbank Valley’s Mylee Harmon helped lead her team to a District 9 and KSAC title while being named D9and10Sports.com’s Rookie of the Year in basketball that it wouldn’t be the highlight of her freshman season.

That’s just how special she was.

Harmon followed up her terrific basketball season with a historic track and field season, capped by a state championship in the Class 2A 400-meter dash.

And she did all of it as a ninth grader.

Harmon won gold in thrilling fashion at the PIAA championships with a time of 57.15. It was a race that came right down to the wire, as she beat Montoursville Lily Saul (57.31) and another freshman, Laurel’s Tori Atkins (57.41).

Saul had the fastest time in the prelims at 57.34, with Harmon running a time of 58.91.

It came on the heels of a season that saw her break school records in the aforementioned 400, as well as the 200 and high jump.

Her performance at states came after winning the Jim Manners Award at the District 9 Track and Field Championships.

   

She had a monster day to take home the Jim Manners Award as the top point-getter for the girls, winning the 200, 400, and high jump.

Her most impressive performance may have come in the 4×400 relay, an event that didn’t get started until after 9 p.m. With Redbank Valley trailing Punxsutawney by one point for the team title, Harmon got the baton last with the Lady Bulldogs in the back of the pack. She teamed with Raegen Beamer, Ryleigh Smathers, and Alexandra Shoemaker to finish second, just behind the DCC and two spots ahead of Punxsy.

When it was all said and done, Redbank finished with 70 team points to 65.5 for Punxsutawney.

Back to basketball.

Harmon was a big part of Redbank Valley’s District 9 Class 3A and KSAC Championship team finishing second on the squad in scoring at 12.6 points per game while adding 3.2 assists, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per contest. She shot 44.6% (111 of 249) from the field and 67.2% (86 of 128) from the free-throw line.

Like in track and field, she upped her game in the postseason, leading her team in scoring in three of five games and averaging 16.0 ppg. Her season high came on Feb. 7 against Union when she poured in 27 points.

The Lady Bulldogs’ season ended with a close 49-44 loss to Laurel in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.

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