Ryan Wolf, Vincentian
Last week: Wolf scored 71 points in wins against Wilkinsburg and Butler to help the Class A No. 2 Royals win the Butler tipoff tournament last weekend. He then went out and scored 46 points on 15-of-19 shooting in a 92-66 win Tuesday against Northgate.
Check this out: A junior guard who lives in Hampton, Wolf led the WPIAL Class A champion Royals in scoring (21.2 ppg) last season. He was also named to the all-section team and was a Class A third-team all-state selection.
How has last season's WPIAL title motivated you this season? Winning the WPIAL title last season didn't satisfy me. I want to go out and win it again.
What is it like playing in Vincentian's up-tempo style? I love it. Our coach, George Yokitis, does a great job. I like how we run the fastbreak and put up a lot of shots.
Do you think being left-handed is an advantage? I'd say so, just because it's something different than [the defender] is used to playing and practicing against.
At 5 feet 9, how are you able to score so effectively against much taller opposition? I think my speed helps me beat a lot of guys to the basket. I also work hard on a lot of "little man shots" -- the floater and pull-up jumper -- so I don't have to go all the way to the basket.
Who is your favorite NBA player? Nate Robinson, because he's 5-8 and it just shows someone that height can play well in the NBA.
What do you like to enjoy doing outside of basketball? Just playing video games and hanging out with the bros.
What video games are you currently playing regularly? Grand Theft Auto V and NBA 2K14.
-- By Ryan Riordan
Kiana Law, Central Valley
Last week: Law scored a school-record 40 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Central Valley's season-opening win against Montour last Friday. A day later, Law scored 28 against Peters Township. She then scored 26 Monday against South Park.
Check this out: Law, a 6-foot-1 senior center, is one of the top post players in Class AAA and a big reason Central Valley is a contender for the WPIAL title. She averaged 15.1 points per game last season, her first at Central Valley after transferring from Beaver Falls. Law has signed with Division I University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). She is one of many athletic standouts with her last name to play in Beaver County over the years. Law's father, Essex, was a star running back at Rochester in the early 1990s.
The 40 points ... Most you have ever scored at any level? Yes. My career high had been 30.
Do you have a nickname? Some people call me Key, but that's all.
What team are you looking forward to playing the most? Blackhawk.
Best player in the WPIAL, excluding anyone on your team? [Seton-LaSalle's] Naje Gibson. I think she's pretty good. And [Seton-LaSalle's] Yacine Diop.
Why UMKC? When I went for a visit, I really liked it. Their coach seemed like she would take good care of me. She made me feel close to home.
Hardest part about leaving Beaver Falls? I guess just [being away from] my friends. That was pretty much it. I did miss playing for Beaver Falls because I liked the coach a lot, but I've gotten used to Central Valley and I like it here.
If you could see anyone in concert, who would it be? Drake.