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Trevor Cunningham capped a three-sport high school career with a trip to this year's state track and field championships. Trevor Cunningham capped a three-sport high school career with a trip to this year's state track and field championships.

Cunningham was a leader in three sports

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

Every high school athlete dreams of having the type of senior season that Trevor Cunningham had at Northwestern. The three-sport star had big seasons in football, basketball and track.

“I really wanted to have a big year as a senior,” admits Cunningham. “I think every kid wants to do that and go out with a really strong performance. I’m proud of what I was able to accomplish and I got to be around some great guys and have a lot of fun along the way.”

In football, Cunningham was among the group credited with helping to lead the resurgence of the Tiger football program. The team won the Eastern Conference Championship in 2013 and followed that up with a district championship the following season, giving the school back-to-back football championships for the first time ever.

As a senior, Cunningham was named to the Colonial League All-Star Team both as a receiver and a defensive back, being chosen unanimously as a wide receiver. Against a previously unbeaten Pen Argyl team, Cunningham returned a kick-off 98 yards for a touchdown, setting the mark for the longest kick-off return in school history. He also was credited with two interceptions, three catches on offense and a catch on a two-point conversion that put Northwestern up by two touchdowns in the game.

In basketball, Cunningham took his junior season off from the game, after a particularly grueling football season. He returned for his senior season with a team that featured a number of young players. In that role, Cunningham was the perfect player to provide some stability and leadership with the team.

“That’s always come sort of naturally to me,” explained Cunningham. “But this season, the coaches really did emphasize that as a senior, it was my turn to help the younger guys and try to leave a mark on the team in that way. I think I was able to do that.”

In spring, Cunningham capped his senior year with a phenomenal performance in track, picking up a second place finish in the 110-meter hurdles in the Colonial League Championships and second in the 300-meter hurdles in both the league and district meets. He also added a fifth in the 100-meter dash in the league meet and a fourth in the 110-meter hurdles in districts. At states, he placed ninth, just missing a spot in the finals.

“I really needed work on my hurdles, so I focused a lot on that in the preseason,” said Cunningham. “I was happy with how I improved and what I was able to accomplish over the previous season. It was my only trip to states in track, and I would have liked to make it to finals, but it was still exciting.”

While Cunningham loved playing multiple sports, one sport always stood out.

“I was always a football player first,” he said. “I love sports and I love competing, but football was always my first love and if I had to choose, I would have definitely stuck with that.”

His love and talent for the game of football, along with his academic accomplishments, helped to get Cunningham a spot on the Bloomsburg football team. He hasn’t declared his major, but Cunningham is excited about playing college football.

“I’m very excited about getting back on the field. There’s only about two-and-a-half weeks left and then I’ll be on the field and getting ready for my first season,” Cunningham said. “It’s going to be a little different, because I’ll be back to being one of the new guys on the team after being one of the team leaders, but I’ll get used to it. I’ve talked to the coaches there a lot and they’re excited to see what I can do.”

NW fans know what Cunningham can do and he left his mark in the record books, and other ways. Coaches have raved about Cunningham’s abilities not only to play, but to lead. Eventually, Cunningham figures to be able to do the same thing on the field for Bloomsburg after he learns the system and spends his time learning from the upper classmen.