The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 4, 2013

Daily Item Female Athlete of the Year: Mount Carmel's Varano honored for stellar junior season


"She's the type of person that you could put in any event and she'll excel in it," Mount Carmel track and field coach Ana Ditchey said. "This year she came in thinking her goal was to get to states in the 400. (She) worked extremely hard, dedicated herself and randomly decided she was going to do the 300 hurdles and was hundredths of a second off state qualifying just fooling around."

Varano also ran cross country last year for Mount Carmel. Regardless of what sport Varano is playing or what season it is however, her passion for playing is always strong.

"She's just so athletic and talented. Whatever she tries, she excels at. That's someone a coach dreams of having," Ditchey said.

And while Varano is an extremely talented multi-sport athlete, she doesn't particularly have one favorite of the bunch.

"This is a question a lot of people ask me, but it usually goes by season. (During) soccer, I think that's my favorite. Then basketball, and same with track," Varano said. "Basketball season has probably been the most exciting because of our success and how fun it is. But also, I like to just run so track might be my favorite. So they might all three be the same."

Of all accolades and achievements during the year, it's the basketball season that stands out for the Red Tornado junior.

"We were kind of underdogs last year; everybody told us that we wouldn't be as good," Varano said. "Definitely coming off with a win in district finals and even a game in states in basketball, I think that sticks out the most."

For most area fans, Varano's junior year as a whole is what sticks out the most.

n Jon Gerardi is a sports writer at The Daily Item. Email comments to Follow him on Twitter at

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