PG Athletes of the Week: Greer Monahan, T.J. Holl

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Greer Monahan, Quaker Valley

Last week: Monahan helped the Quaker Valley girls soccer team finish the regular season with consecutive wins to claim a share of the Class AA Section 5 title with Moon.

Check this out: Monahan, a senior forward, is one of the top goal-scorers in the WPIAL. Her 30 goals are a team high and career high. She has led Quaker Valley to a 17-1 record overall and a 13-1 mark in Section 5-AA, tied with Moon for the title. The Quakers are ranked No. 4 in Class AA. As a junior, Monahan scored 23 goals and helped the Quakers reach the WPIAL quarterfinals.

You have a unique first name. Any story behind it? I think my mom found it in a book. She's told me its meaning. This is kind of embarrassing, but I can't remember what it is. (Laughs)

Farthest from the net you have ever scored a goal? I would say the 30-yard line.

Best nickname on the team? Well, we have "Leg." That's Allegra Menniti. There's Aubrey Bouchard. We call her "Boo." The best is Megan Amoroso. We call her "Meg Schmeg."

Best player in the WPIAL? Sydney Schipani [of Moon].

The Quaker Valley football team is very good this season. Been to any games? Yeah, I think I've been to all of the home ones.

Do you think there's more school spirit this year? Yeah, definitely. Once [the football team] started winning games, there would be different themes at games and everyone really started getting into it.

Last concert you went to? "The xx" (played at Stage AE in September).

Favorite person to follow on Twitter? I'm going to have to go with Amanda Bynes.

What's getting the most play on your iPod? Probably Drake.

Favorite food from a fast food restaurant? Fries and a Frosty from Wendy's.

Most people might be surprised to know that ... I have a cat named Fred.

T.J. Holl, Seneca Valley

Last week: After leading a drive that set up the tying field goal at the end of regulation, Holl ran for a 3-yard touchdown in the second overtime to lead Seneca Valley to a 24-17 win against North Hills. Holl finished with 173 yards and one touchdown passing, as well as 88 yards and two touchdowns rushing.

Check this out: Holl, a junior, moved here from Erie in 2009 when his father, Don, took the coaching position at Seneca Valley. Holl's older brother, Donny, also played quarterback for the Raiders.

How old were you when you moved? Was it a hard transition? I was in seventh grade. It was pretty easy. There's a lot of opportunities in Cranberry, lots of kids my age. I was against it, obviously, because all my childhood friends were [in Erie], but my parents knew it was going to be a good opportunity.

What's the best part playing for your dad? He can pass on all his knowledge to me. He can coach me anytime, anywhere.

How about the worst part? You get coached the hardest when you're the coach's son ... but I actually kind of like it.

What did you learn from your brother about having the coach be your dad? He said when I get yelled at, it's because he wants the best for me and for the team. Don't take it as an insult, take it as coaching.

How wild was the game last weekend? It's always crazy when you get an overtime game, especially when it's our homecoming game.

The field goal at the end of regulation was a 22-yarder. That puts the ball on about the 5-yard line. Did you try to talk your dad into letting you win it right there, or how did that play out? We called a timeout when there was about 19 seconds left and we had two plays we were going to run. But I got sacked. I wanted to pound it in. We were on the 1 and we tried to do a play-action. But it was covered, and they busted the line.

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First Published October 17, 2013 8:00 PM


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