PG Athletes of the Week: Tommy Keisling, Felicia Tissenbaum


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Tommy Keisling

North Allegheny

Last week: Keisling had a team-high 15 kills to help the North Allegheny boys volleyball team close out an undefeated regular season with a 3-0 win against Ambridge.

Check this out: Keisling, a 6-foot-4 senior outside hitter, is one of the top players in the WPIAL and is trying to lead No. 1 North Allegheny to its seventh consecutive WPIAL Class AAA title. Keisling tops North Allegheny in kills (362) and aces (61). He was named All-WPIAL and all-state in his sophomore and junior seasons. Keisling will play next season at Juniata.

• Does being such a heavy favorite to win the WPIAL title add a lot of pressure? No. We've had a lot of experience having to play in a lot of big situations the past few years. I kind of like it because we're going to get everybody's best.

• How big of a goal is winning a PIAA championship? It's definitely big. We're going to take one goal at a time, but that's definitely our main end goal. Coach [Dan] Schall hasn't won one yet, so we definitely want to be his first.

• Best nickname on the team? One of our guys, Luke Koenig, is nicknamed Lightning. He's had it since seventh grade.

• Best athlete at North Allegheny? Wow, there are a lot of people who might get upset if I don't say them. I'll go with Alex DeCiantis. He was a really good running back and is a very legit wrestler. He's going to wrestle at Drexel. He plays multiple sports and is really good at both.

• What's getting the most play on your iPod? Probably "Demons" by Imagine Dragons.

• Last concert you went to? I haven't been to one, but I'm in chorus and we had a chorus concert this past year. (Laughs)

• Favorite food a family member makes? My dad is a good cook. Probably his shrimp scampi.

• When did you get your first cell phone? I think sixth grade.

-- By Brad Everett

Felicia Tissenbaum

Shady Side Academy

Last week: Tissenbaum, a senior girls lacrosse player, scored seven goals against Fox Chapel and three against Oakland Catholic to propel the Indians to two victories.

Check this out: Tissenbaum has been a four-year varsity player and she scored her 200th career goal two weeks ago. She is one of the top players in the WPIAL and one of the main reasons Shady Side Academy is the No. 1 seed for the WPIAL Division I playoffs. She will play next season at Stanford. Her father, Allan Tissenbaum, is one of the fastest 100-meter track runners for his age (53) in the country.

• Do you realize scoring 200 goals is pretty unusual? It's the first time Shady Side has ever had a girl get 200. This year, I have 80 and that's pretty crazy, too.

• Is there a real hunger on this team to finally win the WPIAL championship? I think so. The four seniors on the team who have stuck it out this far, we want to make a run as far as we can. My freshman year, we were actually in Division II and pretty mediocre. My sophomore year, we moved up to Division I and made it to the quarterfinals and last year the semifinals.

• Why Stanford? More or less it's the best possible mix of athletics and academics.

• You live in Mt. Lebanon and had an older brother and sister who went to Mt. Lebanon. Why Shady Side for you? I went to Mt. Lebanon through seventh grade, but it just didn't really click for me. My parents gave me an option to attend Shady Side Academy. I made the decision and haven't looked back since.

• The thing you'll miss most about high school? The teachers and the connections I made with teachers really helped mold me into the student I am, as well as an athlete.

• Something you won't miss about high school? I don't think I'll miss that 50-minute drive every morning.

• People might be surprised to know ... I own a lizard.

-- By Mike White

Athlete of the Week

First Published May 16, 2013 4:15 AM


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