Amber Fichter, Mars
Last week: Fichter has led Mars to a 14-0-2 record this season. Backed by her offense, the Planets have won their past three games by a combined 33-0. The only games Mars didn't win came against Class AAA powers Norwin (12-1-2) and Pine-Richland (9-4-2).
Check this out: Mars needed someone to replace Karli Paracca, who scored 35 goals last year but is out this season with a knee injury. Fichter has filled in nicely, closing in on 30 goals before the regular season wraps up. Mars' final game before the playoffs is Saturday against Mt. Lebanon.
• How hard was it for the team to come together this year without Karli? It's hard because we really miss her. We always looked up to her but we have to try to fill in those roles.
• You seem to be filling in for her nicely. Did your coach come to you before the season and say 'We need you to step up' or are you taking the role on your own? I just knew I needed to step up. I'm a senior, so I need to be a leader.
• What formation do you play? Are you alone on top or how many other strikers play around you? It varies. We change it all the time. It depends on the game. But I play center forward; we usually have three on top.
• Are you going to play in college? Yep, I'm playing at Duquesne.
• How long have you been playing soccer? Since I was 4 years old.
? What's something that drives you nuts? When people are tailing me when I'm driving.
• What's your favorite part about going to Mars? Everyone here is so nice and our senior class has become a family.
• How about your least favorite part? I don't really have one.
• Is it weird that your school is named after a planet? (Laughs) Yeah, it kind of is.
• But having the team nickname 'Mars Planets' is pretty cool, right? It's cool. It's different.
Nico Law, Ringgold
Last week: Law completed 13 of 18 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 127 yards -- including a 77-yard touchdown run -- in Ringgold's 42-7 win against Albert Gallatin.
Check this out: Law has left opposing defenses trying to catch their breath, as he has burned them with his arm (1,049 yards passing and 12 touchdowns) and legs (709 yards and seven touchdowns). He's the only WPIAL quarterback with at least 1,000 yards passing and 700 yards rushing. Law, a 6-foot, 185-pound junior, is receiving Division I interest. Ringgold is 4-2 overall, 4-2 in the Class AAA Big Nine Conference. Law's brother, Quad, was a former standout quarterback at Ringgold and is now a starting wide receiver at Gannon University.
• What has your brother Quad taught you? I think he gave me his running talent. He really taught me how to be a leader on the field.
• Have you always been a quarterback? Yeah. I've been a quarterback since I was 4 years old playing flag football.
• Who is the best player in the WPIAL? (Aliquippa's) Dravon Henry.
• Is there much trash talking that goes on during your games? Not really. Well, maybe one game. It was our first game against Thomas Jefferson.
• What were they saying? Like, "You're not going to do anything against us." They were just trying to get in my head, but that doesn't work.
• Have you ever met (Ringgold alum) Joe Montana? (Laughs) Yeah. I won a contest in third grade. I got to meet him and take a picture with him.
• Favorite college team? Ohio State. I'm a big Braxton Miller fan. I like their coach, too.
? Do you follow the Penguins? I watch them a little bit.
• Favorite musician? Lil Wayne and Drake.
• Most people might be surprised to know that ... Probably my passing ability. I don't like to be called a "running quarterback."Athlete of the Week
First Published October 10, 2013 8:00 PM