Athletes of the Week: 10.5.12

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Lenny Williams, Sto-Rox

Last week: Williams amassed 400 yards offense for the second time this season. He ran for 224 yards and completed 7 of 11 passes for 216 yards passing in a 35-31 win against previously undefeated Northgate.

Check this out: Williams is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior who became a starter early in his freshman year when Jordan Latimer was injured. Williams has been the starter ever since. He also plays cornerback on defense. This season, he is averaging almost 300 yards offense a game. He has completed 50 of 85 passes for 1,014 yards and also rushed for 475. For his career, Williams already has 4,787 yards passing and would seemingly have a chance at the WPIAL passing record of 7,164 yards, set by 2011 South Fayette graduate Christian Brumbaugh. Williams also plays basketball for Sto-Rox and has a 3.9 grade point average.

Were you always a quarterback? Actually, no. I always played running back or receiver when I was younger. But when we needed to throw the ball, they'd put me at quarterback. Coming into camp my ninth-grade year, our coaches saw me throw, and they told me I should try quarterback.

What quarterback are you most like? Cam Newton, because I can run and throw.

What level do you think you can play in college? I think I can play Division I, even if I don't grow any more. Most schools aren't recruiting me because of my size. If I do grow, I think I can play quarterback. But even if I don't grow, I can play receiver or defensive back. I'm an athlete.

If you can't be an athlete in the future, you'd be ... An engineer. I like engineering.

You must be proud of your grades? Real proud.

Do you still like basketball? I like it a lot. I'm starting to get good at it, too, so I like it.

Tell me a vegetable you like? I don't have a problem with corn.

People might be surprised to know that ... I can dunk in basketball.

Ashley Mutkus, Central Valley

Last week: Mutkus scored two goals to help the Central Valley girls soccer team earn a 7-0 win at Ambridge.

Check this out: After excelling at forward her first two seasons, Mutkus, a junior, has moved to defender for the first time in her career. Mutkus, though, is still scoring plenty of goals, having tallied 14. Central Valley is 11-0-1 overall, 8-0-1 in Class AA Section 3 after defeating Beaver, 3-0, Wednesday. The team's seniors have compiled a 59-game section unbeaten streak that stretches back to when they played for Center High School in 2009, just before its merger with Monaca to form Central Valley.

Why the change from forward to defense? My coach (Mark Perry) made the decision to put me there because the three (defenders) we had back there are very strong, but they don't have the speed that I have. My coach wanted to use my speed.

How have you still been able to score so many goals? I do move up to midfield if my coach needs me to. My coach will move me up if we can't score or we need help on offense. When I'm back on defense, I still go up for every corner (kick) and any set play.

Best WPIAL player you've played against? (Peters Township's) Veronica Latsko.

Central Valley has a very talented football player in Robert Foster. If he played soccer, how do you think he would do? (Laughs) I don't know, really. He's fast, so he probably wouldn't do too bad.

Last time you went trick or treating? Two years ago.

Name a TV show you can't miss? Dance Moms.

Who is your favorite celebrity to follow on Twitter? Luke Bryan (country singer).

Favorite desert your mom makes? Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

Most people might be surprised to know that ... I have a first cousin (Hopewell graduate and volleyball player Christa Harmotto) who was in this year's Olympics.

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