Athletes of the Week: Hannah Adamski, Luke Smorey honored



Hannah Adamski

Plum

Recently: In the first three games of the softball season, Adamski went on a home-run binge with seven. She hit three in the opener against McKeesport, two against Woodland Hills and two against Penn Hills. All of them were hit over a fence. Not one was an inside-the-park home run. She also has 12 RBIs.

Check this out: Adamski is a 5-foot-6 sophomore left fielder who is in her first season as a starter. She is a two-sport standout, but it is a combination you don't see too terribly often. Adamski also is a swimmer and qualified for the PIAA swimming championships as a sophomore and freshman in the 50-yard freestyle.

 All these home runs are a little ridiculous, wouldn't you say? Yes, it is surprising.

 Any reason? I don't really know.

 Have you always been a power hitter? No, I'm usually a contact hitter. Last year I hit, like, three home runs.

 Would you say that the softball-swimming combination is a little unusual? I don't see anyone else doing it, except my sister [Rachel]. She swims, too, and is the pitcher on the softball team.

 So you don't know of anyone else, even from other teams, who swims and plays softball? I haven't really seen anyone.

 What got you into both sports? I've been doing both since I was little and my mom says you aren't allowed to quit if you are good at something.

 Why do so many softball players hit themselves hard in the back with their bat when their warming up? I don't know. I've wondered that, too.

 Do you do it? No [laugh].

 You're at a refreshment stand. What kind of candy are you getting? Probably Laffy Taffy.

 People might be surprised to know ... I've hit seven home runs so far.

-- By Mike White

Luke Smorey

Baldwin

Last week: Smorey won the javelin competition at Saturday's Tri-State Track Coaches Association championships at West Mifflin.

Check this out: Smorey, a senior, is the defending WPIAL Class AAA javelin champion. He had a career-best throw of 200 feet, 3 inches in that competition, and finished third in the PIAA championships. Smorey is also an excellent football player. A wide receiver, he was named to the Post-Gazette's South Xtra Fabulous 22 team last fall. He bounced back from a serious illness he contracted in the summer of 2012 called Group A Strept, a flesh-eating bacteria that attacked his right elbow. He was recently nominated for the National Guard Inspiration contest. Smorey will play football this fall at California (Pa.).

 Did you think you would be able to play sports again? As soon as it happened, I didn't think [the bacteria] was as bad as it actually was. But as the days went by, I thought to myself, "What if this keeps me off the football field and off the runway?" It did cross my mind, but I knew I was going to be able to come back.

 Does it make it more difficult to throw the lower the temperature gets? Absolutely. It's harder to do anything in the lower temperatures, especially throwing. I try to keep my arm warm by keeping my heavy clothes on before I throw and try to run around to stay warm.

 How big of a goal is winning the PIAA title? I have a few goals. One, of course, is to win WPIALs again. I would like to go on and win the state title. There is lots of good competition, but it will be fun. My third goal is to beat the school record, which is 222 feet.

 Any chance you'll compete in track in college? I'm always keeping that door open. From everybody I've talked to, it's very difficult to do two sports in college, especially with football because it's so demanding. I don't plan on [doing track], but I never want to close the door.

-- By Brad Everett

POST-GAZETTE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK


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