PG High School Athletes Of The Week: Chassidy Omogrosso & Brian Baker
March 26, 2014 8:59 PM
John Heller/Post - Gazette
Blackhawk's Chassidy Omogrosso dribbles around Archbishop Wood's defense in the PIAA Championship game last weekend at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.
Brian Baker, a student at Peters Township High School and a member of the school's hockey team, and a Post-Gazette Stellar Six hockey all-star.
By Brad Everett & Ryan Riordan / Tri-State Sports & News Service
Chassidy Omogrosso, Blackhawk
Last week: Omogrosso scored 26 points to lead Blackhawk to the PIAA Class AAA title Saturday with a 51-43 win against Archbishop Wood in Hershey, Pa.
Check this out: Omogrosso, a 5-foot-5 junior point guard, averaged 21.6 points per game this season and already has 1,858 points in her career. In addition to helping Blackhawk win its first PIAA championship since 2000, Omogrosso led the Cougars to the WPIAL title. She originally committed to Pitt but switched to Duquesne before the season after both schools made coaching changes.
• What was going through your mind when you were given the gold medal Saturday? I wish I could say. It was an indescribable feeling. It was honestly one of the best feelings in the world. It was great to know that all the work we put in paid off.
• What made this team so special? I think a lot of it was how bad we wanted it. We’ve been playing together for so long. A lot of us since we were really young.
• Did you do anything else besides play basketball while in Hershey? Yeah. We got there Friday, so we had a practice. We had team dinner. We went to the boys [Class AAA] game Friday night to get a feel for the atmosphere. Saturday we went to Chocolate World.
• What’s it like having two Blackhawk graduates (Sean and Archie Miller) coaching in the NCAA tournament? I think it’s extremely cool. I think it says a lot about Blackhawk and our past.
• Have many people at school been talking about that? Yeah. Especially if they end up playing each other.
• We hear you’ve been dating another star WPIAL athlete … (Laughs) Yeah. [South Fayette quarterback] Brett Brumbaugh.
• He won WPIAL and PIAA titles in the fall. Did that give you extra motivation? Yeah, he would talk about winning two medals. When we won WPIALs, he said he still had one more than me. We just mess around about it. He came to the [PIAA final], so that was cool.
Brian Baker, Peters Township
Last week: Baker, a senior goaltender, helped Peters Township win its first Penguins Cup and Pennsylvania Cup titles since 2005. He stopped 41 shots in a 4-2 win March 17 against Bethel Park in the Class AAA Penguins Cup title game and followed that with a 30-save performance in a 2-1 victory Saturday against La Salle College High in the state title game at Penn State’s Pegula Ice Arena.
Check this out: Baker was a part of the past three Peters Township varsity hockey teams, each of which lost in the Penguins Cup title game. He has signed a tender contract with the North American Hockey League’s Lone Star Brahmas for next season.
• How did it feel to finally win both Cup titles? It’s unreal. I started in sixth grade with a championship, and to finish with not only the Penguins Cup but the state title, too, I couldn’t ask for anything more.
• After three Penguins Cup losses, what did you do to prepare for this season? I watched the games and the goals I’ve given up, and just used it as motivation.
• Do you have a certain routine before games? Not really. … I try not to be too superstitious, because I was the last three years and we ended up losing.
• What’s the best thing about playing at Consol Energy Center? That atmosphere. Most of us grow up dreaming of playing in the NHL, and to play in that arena in a game that’s important to all of us, it’s a great experience.
• Who is the toughest goal scorer you’ve faced? Chris Siak [of Bethel Park].
• Who is your favorite NHL goaltender? Marc Andre-Fleury. I never had a goaltender coach until this year, but I used to watch him a lot. I had his leg pads and I got my style of play from him.
• Outside of hockey, what do you enjoy doing? I like riding dirt bikes, and I like camping or anything outdoorsy.
• What is something most people don’t know about you? I’m left-handed in everything, except I’m a right-handed goaltender.
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