Greer Monahan, Quaker Valley
Last week: Monahan helped the Quaker Valley girls soccer team finish the regular season with consecutive wins to claim a share of the Class AA Section 5 title with Moon.
Check this out: Monahan, a senior forward, is one of the top goal-scorers in the WPIAL. Her 30 goals are a team high and career high. She has led Quaker Valley to a 17-1 record overall and a 13-1 mark in Section 5-AA, tied with Moon for the title. The Quakers are ranked No. 4 in Class AA. As a junior, Monahan scored 23 goals and helped the Quakers reach the WPIAL quarterfinals.
• You have a unique first name. Any story behind it? I think my mom found it in a book. She's told me its meaning. This is kind of embarrassing, but I can't remember what it is. (Laughs)
• Farthest from the net you have ever scored a goal? I would say the 30-yard line.
• Best nickname on the team? Well, we have "Leg." That's Allegra Menniti. There's Aubrey Bouchard. We call her "Boo." The best is Megan Amoroso. We call her "Meg Schmeg."
• Best player in the WPIAL? Sydney Schipani [of Moon].
• The Quaker Valley football team is very good this season. Been to any games? Yeah, I think I've been to all of the home ones.
• Do you think there's more school spirit this year? Yeah, definitely. Once [the football team] started winning games, there would be different themes at games and everyone really started getting into it.
• Last concert you went to? "The xx" (played at Stage AE in September).
• Favorite person to follow on Twitter? I'm going to have to go with Amanda Bynes.
• What's getting the most play on your iPod? Probably Drake.
• Favorite food from a fast food restaurant? Fries and a Frosty from Wendy's.
• Most people might be surprised to know that ... I have a cat named Fred.
T.J. Holl, Seneca Valley
Last week: After leading a drive that set up the tying field goal at the end of regulation, Holl ran for a 3-yard touchdown in the second overtime to lead Seneca Valley to a 24-17 win against North Hills. Holl finished with 173 yards and one touchdown passing, as well as 88 yards and two touchdowns rushing.
Check this out: Holl, a junior, moved here from Erie in 2009 when his father, Don, took the coaching position at Seneca Valley. Holl's older brother, Donny, also played quarterback for the Raiders.
• How old were you when you moved? Was it a hard transition? I was in seventh grade. It was pretty easy. There's a lot of opportunities in Cranberry, lots of kids my age. I was against it, obviously, because all my childhood friends were [in Erie], but my parents knew it was going to be a good opportunity.
• What's the best part playing for your dad? He can pass on all his knowledge to me. He can coach me anytime, anywhere.
• How about the worst part? You get coached the hardest when you're the coach's son ... but I actually kind of like it.
• What did you learn from your brother about having the coach be your dad? He said when I get yelled at, it's because he wants the best for me and for the team. Don't take it as an insult, take it as coaching.
• How wild was the game last weekend? It's always crazy when you get an overtime game, especially when it's our homecoming game.
• The field goal at the end of regulation was a 22-yarder. That puts the ball on about the 5-yard line. Did you try to talk your dad into letting you win it right there, or how did that play out? We called a timeout when there was about 19 seconds left and we had two plays we were going to run. But I got sacked. I wanted to pound it in. We were on the 1 and we tried to do a play-action. But it was covered, and they busted the line.
First Published October 17, 2013 8:00 PM