PG Athletes of the Week: Randy Dobnak, Alyssa Wise


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Randy Dobnak (South Park)

This week: Dobnak played a vital role in undefeated South Park winning the WPIAL Class AAA baseball championship with a 4-3, nine-inning victory Tuesday against Hopewell. He was 3 for 3 with a two-run home run and a double. He was the winning pitcher, working the final 22/3 innings and striking out four. He also was the winning pitcher in a 1-0 victory against Keystone Oaks in the semifinals.

Check this out: Dobnak, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior, is 9-0 this season and is also hitting better than .350 with four home runs. He also plays third base and left field, is a four-year starter and will play next season at Alderson-Broaddus College, an NCAA Division II program in Philippi, W.Va.

Your coach [Steve Bucci] said he never talked about going undefeated. Did the players mention it much? Ahhh, not really. We might have mentioned it here and there, but we didn't pay much attention to it.

But you have to admit, going undefeated adds a little more to this title? Yeah, it's pretty awesome. This is South Park's first title and to be one of ... what? ... five undefeated teams [since 1979], that's pretty awesome.

It was a late-starting game and went extra innings. Were you able to do anything to celebrate? Actually, as soon as we got home, we all went to Eat'n Park. I got to bed around 3, but had to go to school in the morning for graduation practice. That was pretty tough.

Do you have a summer job? Actually, I deliver pizza for Italian Village Pizza.

Do you have chores around the house? Yeah -- clean up the trash, cut the grass. I clean my room every once in awhile when it gets really dirty. I clean it for my mom.

Anything you won't miss about high school? English class. All my classes are good, except English.

Who is one of your favorites to follow on Twitter? I'd say Andrew McCutchen. He says some stuff that is pretty inspirational.

-- By Mike White

Alyssa Wise (Washington)

Last week: Wise won the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the PIAA Class AA track championships Saturday at Shippensburg University.

Check this out: Wise is only a junior, but has already established herself as one of the top sprinters in the state. Wise's time of 11.85 in the 100 fell just 0.07 seconds shy of the PIAA Class AA championship record held by former Rochester star Lauryn Williams, who went on to Olympic fame. Wise placed first in the 100 and second in the 200 at the WPIAL championships. She won both WPIAL events her sophomore year and finished third in both at the PIAA championships.

Did you think you were going to win the 100 and 200 at states? No. I was just focusing on the 100. Winning the 200 was a big surprise to me.

Do anything to celebrate? I had a couple people over my house when I got back, but they didn't stay long because I got tired.

What is left for you to do in your high school career? Just continue to work and get in the weight room more. I have to work extra hard because I know there's going to be a target on me my senior year.

Do you have any superstitions when you run? I have to wear the same headband and I wear the same compression shorts every race.

Dream school? North Carolina.

If you could see anyone in concert, who would it be? Drake.

Celebrity you love to follow on Twitter? [U.S. track star] Allyson Felix.

Most people might be surprised to know that ... I have screws in my hips.

What happened? My growth plate was slipping out of place. It happened in about sixth grade.

-- By Brad Everett

Athlete of the Week


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