Noah Bostick, North Hills
Last week: Bostick won the WPIAL Class AAA diving championship Saturday at North Allegheny by posting a score of 506.85. Bostick had placed second as a junior and third as a sophomore.
Check this out: When it comes to all-around athletes, few in the WPIAL rival Bostick. In addition to his diving success, Bostick, a 6-foot-4 senior, was an all-section soccer player in the fall, is a standout volleyball player (he was third-team All-WPIAL Class AAA as a junior) and excels in track. With that type of versatility, it’s no wonder Bostick will attend Slippery Rock University on a track scholarship to compete in — what else — the decathlon. In two weeks, Bostick will participate in the PIAA diving championships at Bucknell University. He finished fifth in the event a year ago.
•Being that was your last shot at winning a WPIAL title, did you feel any extra pressure? No. I really just knew what I had to do. I knew this was my last shot, so I had to make it happen. I practiced hard, so I knew everything would go well.
•Volleyball and track are in the spring. How are you able to do both? Time management is really important there, but I work it out with my coaches.
•Why did you choose not to dive in college? Track and field has really been my strength the past couple of years. And diving is one sport that if you overwork, you can burn out really fast.
•So when the high school season ends, so will your diving career? Yeah, states will probably be my last diving meet. For now, that’s about it.
•Favorite professional athlete? Ashton Eaton. He’s the world-record holder in the decathlon.
•Who has the best pizza? Monte Cello’s buffalo chicken pizza.
•How big of a goal is winning the PIAA title? That’s been the ultimate goal since my freshman year of diving. I think this is my year to get it. I know the competition is going to be tough, but with a few more weeks of practice, I’ll be ready.
Maria Lohman, Chartiers Valley
Last week: Lohman won her third consecutive WPIAL diving championship Saturday at North Allegheny. Her total score of 540.15 was a personal best by a wide margin. The closest competitor finished well behind Lohman with a score of 414.10.
Check this out: A junior, Loh-man has won a WPIAL championship in each of her three years of high school. The two most recent of those titles came in Class AAA, while the first of those came when the Colts competed in Class AA. Lohman is also the defending PIAA Class AAA champion. She will look to defend her title March 13 at Bucknell University.
•How did you first get started diving? My cousin, Amanda Lohman, was a diver. She did a clinic at Upper St. Clair and she coached me for a month.
•Do you ever feel any pressure as the defending champion? A little bit, but you just have to learn how to block it out.
•What kind of attributes make a great diver? A great diver, in my eyes, can perform their best under pressure and they can learn how to block out that pressure.
•Do you have a greatest fear as a diver when you’re standing up there? Sometimes, there’s a fear when you’re learning to dive, but eventually, you learn to get over it. I’ve been conditioned to do the right technique and you have to trust in that technique and that nothing bad will happen.
•You’re just a junior, so it’s early, but has the college search picked up much? Not yet. I’ve still got a lot of time, though.
•What are your goals for your diving career? Is it diving in college or is there something beyond that? I definitely want to go to a Division I school and I think one day my long-term goal is the Olympic trials.
•Is there anything most people would be surprised to know about you? I don’t know. I used to play softball until eighth grade.
•With it being Oscar season, what’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past year? I really liked the second “Hunger Games” movie