PG Athletes of the Week: Charan Singh, Marianne Abdalah
November 7, 2013 7:24 PM
Marianne Abdalah, a student at Vincentian Academy and a member of the school's cross country team.
Franklin Regional QB Charan Singh.
By Nick Veronica / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Brad Everett / Tri-State Sports & News Service
Charan Singh, Franklin Regional
Last week: Senior quarterback ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns, passed for 85 yards and two touchdowns and added an interception in a 42-21 win against Montour in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs.
Check this out: Despite being an offensive threat for the Panthers, college coaches have Singh slotted as a cornerback. He's headed to UMass, which plays football in the Mid-American Conference, and plans to study finance.
• Your coach said your first name is pronounced 'Churn,' like butter. Do substitute teachers kill that? Yeah, they always say 'Sharon.'
• How similar was Montour to what you saw on film? They were going to come out playing hard, and we needed to win. We came out and played our hardest. We knew their QB was going to make plays, we had to contain him at all costs.
• That option- run game you work so well, how hard is that to learn? It's not too hard to learn, you just have to read one person and once that read is done, you keep it or make a play.
• What do you like about the matchup this week with West Mifflin? I like our defensive game plan. I think it's solid. Our [defensive coordinator] knows their offense inside and out.
• Say you're bored and it's a rainy day. What's your go-to movie? "Four Brothers" (2005).
• What kind of chicken wings do you order? Hot Buffalo.
• Which flavor of Gatorade is the best? Glacier Freeze.
• Do you do the protein shakes after you work out? Which brand do you like the best? Yeah, I usually take a GNC brand.
• The powder doesn't mix as well as some brands. What do you like about GNC? Their strawberry blend is really good.
• What's in your pockets right now (2 p.m. Tuesday)? Pencils and tissues.
Marianne Abdalah, Vincentian
Last week: Abdalah outlasted her closest competitor by more than a minute in winning the PIAA Class A girls cross country title Saturday in Hershey.
Check this out: Abdalah, a freshman, finished the meet in 18 minutes, 24 seconds. She was the only winner from the WPIAL in the six races (boys and girls). A week earlier she claimed the WPIAL title in 18:20, which topped the second-place finisher by more than a minute. Abdalah and her family moved to Marshall Township from North Carolina when she was in sixth grade. Her parents, Marvin and Kim, ran collegiately at Wheeling Jesuit.
• Did you have any idea you'd have a season like this? I wanted to have a good season, but coming in as a freshman, I didn't know what to expect. I'll take any challenge that anyone gives me. I knew that if I kept trying hard, I'd do well.
• Do anything to celebrate the state title? We went to Hersheypark and played some games and won some prizes. And we went to dinner at a nice restaurant.
• Did you go to Hershey's Chocolate World? (Laughs) Yeah. I haven't had any deserts for a while. I made a chocolate bar.
• You're already a WPIAL and PIAA champion. What are your goals from here on out? I'm going to do USATF cross country, which goes into December. I was runner-up [at junior nationals] last year. I'm in the same age group, so I want to try to win this year. I want to hopefully win all four years, states and WPIALs.
• Will you be running track in the spring? Yeah. I'm mainly a miler, but I also like to do the 800 occasionally.
• Do you want to run a marathon some day? I thought about that because my mom has done half-marathons, but I'm not sure if I want to go that much up in distance. I'm content with 5Ks.
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