Athletes of the Week: 11.23.12

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Akil Young, University Prep

Last week: Young threw for 353 yards and five touchdowns to lead University Prep to a 36-22 win against previously undefeated Clearfield in the PIAA Class AAA Districts 5-6-8-9 subregional championship. University Prep plays Selinsgrove in a PIAA first-round game Saturday at Altoona.

Check this out: Young, a senior, has had a two-week run that likely has never been duplicated in Western Pennsylvania. Young passed for 462 yards and six touchdowns in a Nov. 9 PIAA playoff game against Somerset. The yardage was believed to be a single-game record for any quarterback City League or WPIAL history. It was also the second most in a PIAA playoff game.

Does it surprise you what you've done the past two weeks? Not really. I put in the work, and it's come through. My offensive line has been giving me a lot of time, and my receivers have been playing great.

The 462 yards might be the most in a game in City League and WPIAL history. What does that mean to you? It doesn't necessarily mean a lot. It's nice that my name is a part of history, but someone will eventually pass me.

You guys weren't expected to get this far. How deep into the playoffs can you go? I feel like we can go real far. We believe that we can make it to the state championship. As long as we play the same as the past two weeks, we can make it there.

If you could play any WPIAL team, who would it be? I guess it would be Clairton, so we could take a shot at breaking their winning streak.

What do you think of the Steelers throwback uniforms? They're hideous.

Favorite NFL player? Tom Brady.

Thing that bugs you the most about girls? How they repeat the same things over and over again.

Olivia Roberson, Peters Township

Last week: Roberson has been one of the key players for Peters Township all season and acted accordingly in the PIAA championship. With her team entering the second half in a scoreless draw with Cumberland Valley, Roberson delivered a cross to teammate Emily Franty, who scored what would prove to be the game's only goal nearly five minutes into the second half.

Check this out: Finishing the season with a 24-1 record, Peters Township is just the second Class AAA team to win three consecutive PIAA girls soccer titles. The Indians were led by two Division I-bound players in Roberson (Duquesne), as well as teammate Veronica Latsko (Virginia).

How did it feel to be able to pull off the third consecutive title? It was definitely a feeling that words can't describe. Winning three years in a row is unheard of, and. for our team to do it, we feel untouchable. We really feel like a family.

Are you getting excited for your upcoming college career? I'm so pumped. I'm kind of nervous having to do that freshman role again and finding my spot on the team. I've got a lot to prove, but I'm excited. It's going to be a fun team.

What made you choose Duquesne? I wanted a Division I school because I love soccer, but I didn't want it to be everything. I want to put my education first and balance everything out. Duquesne was perfect for me, especially because I want to do nursing. It's a perfect blend between athletics and academics.

What's your favorite movie you've seen recently? At states every year, we go see Twilight as a team, so this past Friday, we saw the newest Twilight. Right now, that's my favorite movie because of going with my team and the bonding. It was a really good movie. Athlete of the Week


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