PG Athletes of the Week: Cole Macek, Addy Knetzer


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Cole Macek, Montour

Last week: Macek was named the outstanding wrestler at the Midwestern Athletic Conference tournament Jan. 4-5 after claiming his fourth title at the 195-pound weight class.

Check this out: Earlier this season, Macek became Montour’s all-time leader in career victories, breaking the record previously held by 2009 graduate Petros Georgalis. Macek is 11-0 this season and 112-23 for his career. A senior two-sport star in football and wrestling, he has talked with Seton Hill and Pitt-Johnstown about wrestling but has received football interest from Duquesne, Richmond, Ball State, Villanova and IUP.

•Is it pretty cool to think about the fact you’ve won more than any wrestler in Montour history? There’s no doubt. I’m happy about it, but I’m not satisfied. I’m continuing to work hard and pursue my goals for the rest of the season. But, on the same hand, I take a lot of pride in that accomplishment.

•What are your goals for this season? My ultimate goal is a state title. I fell short of that goal the last two years and I lost in the same round both years in a row. It really gives me the drive to get on the podium and win the whole thing.

•How much do your losses motivate you to get better? There’s no doubt that those losses on my record have given me a drive to not lose a match this year. A lot of those matches have been really close, and they ended up in the loss column because I was winded at the end of the match or I just didn’t have the drive to win the match in the third period. I’m looking to change that this season.

•What sport are you leaning toward playing in college? Honestly, I’m not sure at this point. I’ve got schools looking at me. I’m definitely going to pursue one or the other and continue on at the collegiate level.

•What’s the best movie you’ve seen over the past two months? I really enjoyed “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

•What’s your favorite subject in school? I’d say math.

Addy Knetzer, Chartiers-Houston

Last week: Knetzer led the Chartiers-Houston girls basketball team to two wins by scoring 21 points against Brentwood and 26 against Washington.

Check this out: Knetzer, a 5-foot-11 senior forward, has provided a strong inside force for a team that doesn’t have another player taller than 5-8. Knetzer is averaging team highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds per game. The Bucs are 9-4 overall (3-3 in Class AA Section 4) and have won seven of their past nine games. They travel to Class AA No. 1 Seton-LaSalle tonight. Knetzer is also a track standout who finished fifth a year ago in the shot put at the WPIAL Class AA championships.

•Biggest strength of your team? I think we have good coaching and are finally starting to find each other. We’re connecting a lot better than at the beginning of the year.

•Favorite sport to play: Basketball or track? That’s tough. I feel like I’m better at track and field, but I really like basketball a lot. There are a lot more emotions in basketball.

•When did you start playing basketball? Sixth grade.

•Best player in the WPIAL? I think that [Fort Cherry’s] Rachel Bellhy is really good. She’s a player I have trouble playing against.

•What is Addy short for? Addison.

•Not a fan of Addison? Not really. Someone called me Addy my freshman year, and I liked it.

•When you get a craving for fast food, where do you go and what do you get? Honestly, I try to eat as healthy as I can. When I do get fast food, it’s usually McDonald’s because it’s close. I get a frappe.

•How often do students at your school get in trouble for using their phones? We have Wi-Fi, and kids are allowed to use their phones for educational purposes. I don’t think it’s a big problem. Kids are pretty good with their phones.

•If you could go on a vacation anywhere, where would you go? Definitely a beach. I’d say Hawaii or some tropical place. Somewhere way out there that you only see in pictures.

•Most people might be surprised to know that … I’m a very religious person.


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