PG Athletes of the Week: P.J. DeMeo, Caitlin Carey
May 9, 2013 4:00 AM
P.J. DeMeo of Central Catholic High School's baseball team.
Peters Township High School girls lacrosse: Caitlin Carey.
By Mike White and Brad Everett
Last week: DeMeo hit two home runs against Franklin Regional. One came with two outs in the seventh inning and sent the game into extra innings before Central Catholic lost, 17-16.
Check this out: Three times this season, DeMeo has come up with two outs in the seventh inning and Central Catholic trailing. All three times, he has hit a home run to send the game into extra innings. DeMeo, a 6-foot, 195-pound senior third baseman, is one of the main reasons Central Catholic (15-3) is one of the top teams in WPIAL Class AAAA. He is batting .440 with five home runs and 26 RBIs. His father, Dr. Patrick DeMeo, is the Pirates team medical doctor. P.J. already has signed with Pitt.
• Do you realize how unusual it is to come through with a home run three times in the last inning? I mean, thinking about it now, I guess I realize it. But at the time, I was just trying to drive the ball to the outfield and get a run. I wasn't thinking about a home run.
• Are you the type who likes those pressure situations? Absolutely. Those are the kinds of situations I always think about. When it comes to those situations, I want my coaches and teammates to have confidence in me.
• Do you know what you might major in at Pitt? I think economics and then hopefully go to medical school. I like what my dad does.
• Because of your dad, do you ever do anything with the Pirates? Absolutely. The Pirates have been so good to me, whether it's taking a few swings with them at PNC Park or working with them a little in the infield at spring training in Florida. They've showed me so many things. Neil Walker takes care of me a lot. He's so good to me and I appreciate that.
? Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Hopefully in Major League Baseball. But most likely, being a doctor, just like my dad.
• What is it like to go to a school [Central Catholic] with no girls? It's different for sure, but at the same time there are no distractions. There is no "girls drama." So there are positives and negatives.
• People might be surprised to know ... I love to read books. "The Kite Runner" is one of the best books I've ever read.
-- By Mike White
Last week: Carey led the top-ranked Peters Township girls lacrosse team to two victories.
Check this out: Carey, a senior midfielder and Duke University recruit, is one of the top players in the WPIAL. Carey has 30 goals and 27 assists for the defending WPIAL Division I champions. The Indians are 13-2 and ranked No. 1 in Western Pennsylvania by Laxpower.com. Carey also helped the Peters Township soccer team win WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA titles in the fall. Carey's sister, Janel, played lacrosse at Notre Dame.
• When did you begin playing lacrosse? My freshman year.
• What is your most memorable goal? My first goal. I remember it because I scored left-handed.
• Does the sport seem to be growing locally? I think it is. It all depends on the development of the middle school programs. In Maryland, New York and other areas, they start playing when they are very young.
• Why Duke? Overall, it was perfect athletically and academically. I love the campus. My parents told me to pick a school that I would still want to go to if I wasn't playing lacrosse. Duke is a school I can see myself being at no matter what.
• What other schools did you consider? Villanova, Michigan and Marquette.
• Coolest thing you did on your official visit to Duke? Definitely going to the Duke [men's] basketball game. We had seats right behind the bench.
• What will you miss most about high school? That's a tough question because I can't wait to go to college. Honestly, just having responsibilities, but no worries. You have your parents to go home to every day.
• Any chance you will ever run a marathon? I can actually see myself doing it. Not now, but maybe after college.
• Name a chore you really dislike doing? (Laughs) This is really gross, but I'm not going to lie. Whenever my dog poops, I have to clean it up.
• Most people might be surprised to know that ... I have really, really small ears. Nobody beats me when it comes to that.