PG Athletes of the week: David Duke, Jessica Szekely



David Duke

School: Ambridge

Last week: Duke, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior quarterback, completed 8 of 15 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown in Ambridge's 45-20 victory against Uniontown.

Check this out: Ambridge is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 1989, and Duke is one of the main reasons. In two games, he has completed 16 of 30 for 349 yards and 4 touchdowns. Duke's uncle, Mark Kusnir, played at Ambridge in the 1960s when Ambridge coach Don Yannessa was a Bridgers assistant coach.

Is the 2-0 record a surprise? Not really. The Aliquippa win [in the season opener], I guess, was a surprise to some. But we don't like to think of it as a surprise. We like to think we worked for it.

What is the key to beating Hopewell this week? Making them pass. They're not a pass-oriented team. If we make them outside of their realm, that should be to our advantage.

Your mother supposedly gets pretty nervous about you playing. Can you tell me about that? I didn't find this out until the other night, but she calls off work just about every Friday during football season. She said she just wouldn't be productive at work. I think she gets more nervous than I do on Fridays.

If you could pick anyone to bring to your homecoming dance, who would it be? My girlfriend will get mad at me if I don't say her, but I'll say [actress] Eva Mendes.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Hopefully becoming an actuary. I'm good with numbers, and English is my worst subject.

-- By Mike White

Jessica Szekely

School: Greensburg C.C.

Past week: Going into a game with Charleroi last night, Szekely had helped to lead the Centurions (4-1-1, 2-0) into first place in Section 6-AA and the No. 2 spot in the Post-Gazette's WPIAL Class AA girls' rankings.

Check this out: Szekely, a senior and a Duquesne recruit, moved up to center midfield after three years as a varsity sweeper. Though she is overshadowed by high-scoring teammates Nicole Petrillo and Rachel Sebbens, Centurions coach Jim Hampton said Szekely "is one of the most underrated players in the WPIAL. She doesn't get a lot of publicity because she's not a big goal-scorer, and that drives me bonkers."

How do you respond to people who say soccer is boring? I hear that from my best friend, Erica Keto, who is a basketball player. I try to argue my point with people, but that's their opinion. Actually, I think some other sports are boring.

What was the most recent movie you've seen? "Superbad." It's pretty funny.

What is your favorite meal? Chicken Parmesan from the Olive Garden.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Hopefully, with a successful job in the medical field.

-- By Rick Shrum

Athlete of the Week

First Published September 13, 2007 4:00 AM


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