Athletes of the Week: 1.11.13
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Matt D'Amico, Fox Chapel
The past week: D'Amico scored 36 points in a 73-59 victory against Penn Hills last Friday. It was the third time in four games, he had scored 30 or more.
Check this out: D'Amico, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound junior guard, came into the week tied for the WPIAL scoring lead with Shaler's Geno Thorpe at 27.1 points a game. He has been a starter since his freshman year and has more than doubled his average last year of 11 points a game. D'Amico has three older sisters (Sara, Michelle and Pam) who played at Fox Chapel. Matt also plays volleyball for the Foxes.
• You were a good player last season, but you have gone to another level this year. How? Mainly over the summer I just put in a lot of work. Just getting in the gym, lifting weights and working on conditioning.
• Your team doesn't have much size at all, but why has it been so successful so far this season? I think basically because all of us are working together. It's not like one player who is going to do everything. We're basically all the same size and, on offense, we're just making the extra pass.
• Do you guys really know how good this team is yet? We know we can do something special this year and next year. We only have one senior [starter]. But we're trying not get to get ahead of ourselves.
• Fox Chapel's student section at games is one of the best, isn't it? Definitely, if not the best. It can get really crazy, especially in close games. Plum always has a good one, too, and Central Catholic.
• Best player you ever went against? Nolan Cressler [former Plum player now a starter at Cornell University].
• You can play at any college in the country. Where would you play? Definitely Duke. To play under Coach K would be a dream.
Lauren Wolosik, North Catholic
Last week: Wolosik scored 33 points in a win against Eden Christian Academy Thursday and added 26 in Saturday's win against Fox Chapel in the Don Graham Classic.
Check this out: Wolosik, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, is averaging 23 points per game for North Catholic, which is ranked No. 3 in Class A. Last season, Wolosik was named second-team all-state in Class A and led the Trojanettes to the WPIAL and PIAA finals. She has committed to Central Connecticut State. Wolosik is also an exceptional student, and is ranked No. 1 in her class. North Catholic plays host to No. 1 Vincentian in a Section 2-A showdown Monday.
• Your team has played a brutal non-conference schedule. How much has that helped you? We do this every year. Coach [Molly] Rottmann likes to have us battle tested, so we're able to get better playing those better teams. Even if we don't win, it still benefits us more than if we are blowing teams out."
• Toughest team you have played? Seton-LaSalle. We played them first game of the year.
• Do you have a nickname? My family calls me Liz or Lizard. My middle name is Elizabeth.
• Best player in the WPIAL? Definitely [Hopewell's] Shatori Walker-Kimbrough. She's just a great athlete.
• Why Central Connecticut State? I liked Central because I know it's a great school academically. Basketball-wise, I really like the coaches. It was like a home away from home. I saw a lot of things there that I see in the North Catholic program.
• Favorite celebrity to follow on Twitter? I love Lolo Jones. She has the funniest quotes. And she seems real down to earth.
• People might be surprised to know that ... I was born in Florida.
First Published January 11, 2013 12:00 am