Athletes of the Week: 11.2.12

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Mary Malone, North Hills

Last week: Malone finished second in the WPIAL Class AAA cross country championships last Thursday at Cooper's Lake Campground near Slippery Rock, qualifying her for this weekend's PIAA championships in Hershey.

Check this out: Malone, a junior, is one of the best all-around runners in the WPIAL. As a sophomore, she placed fourth in the 1,600-meter run at the WPIAL Class AAA track championships. She is one of three Malone sisters who are excellent runners. Margo Malone won last year's WPIAL cross country championship and now competes for Syracuse. Shannon Malone is a senior at North Hills who saw her cross country season cut short after sustaining a broken right foot.

What has it been like running against your sisters in big races? It's awesome. I love having them to run with. I always know they'll be up front and I can gauge how I'm doing. We're competitive, but it's fun. We're like best friends.

Have you become a Syracuse fan? Yeah. We dropped [Margo] off [at Syracuse] and got to see the school. Then we went to one of her races. This past week she came home for WPIALs and surprised the team.

What do you like more, cross country or track? I like both the same. When it's cross country season, I like cross country more. When it's track season, I like track more.

Who has the best pizza? There's a place called Bella Donne in West View. We order a pizza with chicken, spinach and feta. We call it the Malone Special. We tell them that, and they know what we mean.

If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would it be? Maybe Ireland because it's where my family is from and it looks beautiful there.

Most people would be surprised to know that ... I have a little brother. His name is Patrick. He's 10-years-old. Everybody talks about my sisters and I, but nobody talks about him.

Chandler Kincade, Blackhawk

Last week: Kincade completed 16 of 19 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns as the Cougars defeated Ambridge, 34-20, to earn a WPIAL Class AAA playoff berth.

Check this out: Chandler is a 6-foot-5, 218-pound junior who is considered one of the top quarterbacks in Western Pennsylvania. He finished the regular season as the second-leading passer in the WPIAL, completing 132 of 210 passes (63 percent) for 1,883 yards and 14 touchdowns. He has been a starter since his freshman year. As a sophomore, he made a verbal commitment to Pitt.

The past few weeks, have you been playing the best in your career? I think I have. I think our whole team is playing its best this year, too.

Is this offense a lot different than your first two years? My freshman year, the offense was much more basic. Last year, we started to add some more. This year, we really have a lot of new things. It's a great offense. I love it. The whole team loves it. But it's not really that complicated.

You guys have lost a lot of close games. What's the feeling on the team heading into the playoffs against Mars? We have the full amount of confidence that we can beat anybody. If you look at our games, we had West Allegheny beat. We had Montour beat. We had Hopewell beat. So we're not afraid of any team, really.

You committed to Pitt as a sophomore when Todd Graham was coach. Where do things stand now? Once coach [Paul] Chryst came in, we talked. I held my commitment. They were OK with me looking around a little bit, but right now I still see myself committed to Pitt. We'll just see where it goes.

You were a good basketball player as a freshman, but didn't play last year. Any chance you'll play this year? I'll decide after football.

Any significance to your first name? I was actually born in Indiana and Chandler was the town where the hospital was.

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