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Prep Talk Girls Athlete of the Week: Julia Mings of Sweet Home

A career total of 100 goals is a nice milestone in girls hockey. It's not as if the teams play 82 games a year like the Sabres. They have to make their time on the ice count.

Julia Mings has done that. The senior for Sweet Home High School plays on a combined team with Clarence and Amherst, and she reached the century mark last week in a playoff game. Mings did it in style, scoring five goals in the game.

A career's worth of goals is worth a week's worth of honors: She's the Prep Talk Girls Athlete of the Week.

Position: Left wing.

Uniform number: 9.

Twitter: @jmings09.

Coach Nicola Adimey on Julia: "This is my fifth year coaching Julia and she is the player you want to have on your team - always hard working, challenging her teammates to give their best. She is a great skater, very skilled with the puck. One of the things I admire most besides her skills is that she never loses her cool. She is definitely hard on herself when things aren't working out but still stays positive and encouraging with her teammates."

Tell us about your week: "I scored five goals and got two assists in our 10-4 playoff victory, including scoring my 100th career goal."

How has your season gone so far? "In 19 games I have 29 goals and 20 assissts for 49 points."

Highlight of athletic career so far: "Scoring my 100th career goal, and winning state championships with my travel teams."

Favorite thing about my sport: "The speed, skill and intensity of hockey, and being able to play with and meet amazing people."

Favorite teammate and why: Emma Faso. "She's one of the nicest and funniest girls I know, and she's the best linemate a kid could ask for."

Toughest opponent: "FLOP because they have a strong offense and defense. They also have a lot of depth and are very well coached."

WNY athlete I looked up to: "Missy Mallon and Maddie Grisko, because they always gave 100 percent effort, and both were extremely skilled. They were also amazing teammates to have."

Pro/college athlete I admire now: "Patrick Kane. He's always trying to improve his game and he's the smartest player on the ice."

When I'm not playing or practicing my sport, I'm: "Doing schoolwork or spending time with friends and family."

What's ahead: "I'll be starting back up with my travel team, looking to win another state championship."

Honor Roll

* Kiersten Mucha, a junior at Lancaster, shot a 295 in air rifle against Orchard Park.

* Claire Wanzer, a senior at Amherst, broke the school scoring record for points in a basketball career by a boy or a girl.

* Maddie Williams, a sophomore at Medina, broke the state record for three-pointers in a game with 16 in a win over Holley.

Attention, coaches

If one of your athletes has an outstanding week, you can nominate him or her for Prep Talk Athlete of the Week. Send an email to sports@buffnews.com outlining the person’s achievements by Saturday night, and we’ll consider him or her for the week’s honor.

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