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Parker McKnight - 12 Sports Athlete of the Week

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VESTAL (WBNG) -- Two weeks ago, the McKnight twins, Olivia and Victoria, were featured as 12 Sports Athletes of the Week. Now, their older brother Parker, a senior on the state champion Vestal boys soccer team, is joining them in the "Athlete of the Week" club. 

In Sunday's Class A state championship victory on Sunday, McKnight's hat trick lifted the Golden Bears past top-ranked Queensbury, 4-0.

"I'm happy for him," said Vestal head coach Dave Barr. "So happy for him. You could tell this weekend, he really picked it up. Just to score those three goals in the final game of your high school career, what an experience. I'm so happy for him."

"He's such a leader on the field, and it really just helps us all come together as a unit and play better.," Vestal senior Corey Barr added.

McKnight, who finished the season with 15 goals, said his pregame mentality dictated his outstanding performance.

"This is my last game of my high school career, and I'm like, 'I have to bring everything I had,'" McKnight said.

Not only did Vestal win its fourth state title in school history, but the Golden Bears also finished the season with a perfect record.

"We weren't going 19-1, we had to go 20-0," McKnight said with a grin.

So what lies ahead for the standout senior? Well, back in March, McKnight announced that he will be joining his older brother, Connor, on the Binghamton University men's soccer team next fall.

"The way he moves with the ball," said Dave Barr. "He gets everyone else involved with it. It's really fun to watch, so I'm really looking forward to him over there at BU."

"I know the whole team already, so when I first come, I'll know all the guys, and it will be really fun," McKnight said on joining the Bearcats.

"I can't wait to see him play, too," added Corey Barr. "Because I go to a lot of the [BU] games now, and it will be cool to watch him play now, especially with his brother."

But before McKnight makes that short drive down the Vestal parkway to Bearcat territory, he will have some time to reflect on incredible end to his senior season.

"Winning the state championship," said McKnight. "Going 20-0 and having just an amazing season."

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