PG Athletes of the Week: Michael Boulos, Monica Burns

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Michael Boulos, Chartiers Valley

Last week: Boulos scored 15, 18 and 19 points in leading Chartiers Valley to three wins of at least 30 points apiece.

Check this out: Boulos, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, is averaging a team-high 20 points per game for Chartiers Valley, which is scoring a Class AAA-best 74.3 points per game. The Colts are 16-2 overall and lead Section 5 with a 9-1 record. Boulos was also a standout running back for the Chartiers Valley football team last fall, leading the Colts in rushing (516 yards on 107 carries), receiving (26 for 335 yards) and touchdowns (eight).

You aren't tall, but you can really jump. Have you ever dunked? Not in a game. I've been trying to, though. I guess I'm just waiting for the right opportunity.

What's better: Making a big 3-pointer or driving for an important basket? Probably driving because it lets me use more of my athletic ability.

Could an NBA team survive in Pittsburgh? Yeah, I think it definitely would.

If you could pick any player to be on that team, who would it be? LeBron [James]. 100 percent.

Your dad owns a few parking lots Downtown. Have you ever worked for him there? He actually does concessions at the Regatta and Arts Festival, so I've helped with that, but not with the lots.

Super Bowl pick? I like San Francisco's quarterback, [Colin] Kaepernick, but if they win they'll tie [the Steelers] for most Super Bowls. I think I'll choose the Ravens because of Ray Lewis.

Who shovels the snow in your family? We have three boys in my family, so we take turns. Whoever is home will do it.

What's your favorite app? Ruzzle.

Most people might be surprised to know that ... I like to listen to country music.

Monica Burns, Hempfield

Last week: As her team went 2-0, defeating Norwin, 50-42, and Laurel Highlands, 72-30, Burns led the Spartans in scoring in each game, putting up 20 points against the Knights Jan. 21 and 16 against the Mustangs Jan. 24.

Check this out: Burns, a 5-foot-7 guard, is one of the top juniors in the area and entered the week averaging 20.5 points per game, a mark which placed her ninth among WPIAL girls' players. Along the way, Burns has helped lead the Spartans (16-2, 11-0 before a game Thursday night against Kiski Area) to first place in the Class AAAA Section 1 standings. Her high game for the season was 28 against Penn Hills on Dec. 10.

How's everything been with a first-year coach in Aaron Epps? Things have been going great. We have a lot more team chemistry and are in a lot better condition.

Given some of the talent Hempfield lost from last season, are you surprised at all by the success the team has had? No, I'm not surprised. We lost a lot of talent from last year, but we've put in a lot of hard work and extra time.

Being a junior, it might be early in the process, but have you thought much about playing in college? It's been my goal to play at the Division I level.

What's the strongest aspect of your game? I'd probably have to say my ball-handling, but there's always room for improvement everywhere.

Was there a player whom you looked up to or tried to emulate growing up? Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics). He's my absolute favorite basketball player. I admire his game.

What's your favorite food? Probably wings.

Who do you think will win the Super Bowl and who are you rooting for? I actually don't pay attention to the NFL.

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