Athletes of the Week: 11.16.12
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Last week: Carroll completed 16 of 29 passes for 396 yards and three touchdowns as Thomas Jefferson defeated Franklin Regional, 24-21, in a WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal.
Check this out: Carroll (6 feet 2, 180 pounds) is a senior, but didn't become Thomas Jefferson's starting quarterback until this season. He has completed 115 of 197 passes for 2,246 yards and 37 touchdowns. One of every three of his pass completions has been for a touchdown. Thomas Jefferson plays West Allegheny Friday in the semifinals.
• Have you exceeded your own expectations this season? I have. We've been passing the ball a lot due to having four good receivers. So, I guess looking back, I have exceeded my own expectations.
• Have any college coaches taken notice? I got some interest from going to camps around here before the season, but [the college interest] hasn't really picked up yet.
• Many people say you can't throw a lot and win a WPIAL title. Do you buy that? I do and I don't. You definitely have to be able to run the ball, but we're going to try and win it by passing. Hopefully, it works out for us.
• Is West Allegheny the best defensive team you have faced? They gave up only five points in two games against a team like Montour. So I'll guess they'll be the best defense. They're definitely the best overall team.
• Tell me a funny story about [Thomas Jefferson coach] Bill Cherpak? I don't really have any. If I did, it might not be good on my part to tell them.
• People might be surprised to know ...? I'm superstitious. I try to do the same thing every Friday. I wear the same thing to school and I have to eat a [Italian] hoagie after school before I leave for the game.
This week: Crouse continued a dominant postseason by scoring a shootout goal to help the Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer team reach the PIAA Class A championship game after a 4-3 win (5-4 in penalty kicks) Tuesday against Shady Side Academy. The Centurions play Conwell-Egan today at 5 p.m. at Hersheypark Stadium.
Check this out: Crouse has 53 goals this season, including 20 in seven playoff games. Crouse, a junior forward, led the Centurions (22-1) to their second consecutive WPIAL championship. Crouse could potentially break the WPIAL record for career goals next season. She has scored 140 in three seasons. Former Steel Valley star Jess Strom holds the record with 205.
• What does this team do better than last year's team? I think our attack is better. We attack more forcibly. We just have so much talent.
• Is breaking the WPIAL scoring record a goal of yours? I could honestly not care less. I score to help my team win. It would be great, but if I don't do it, it wouldn't bother me.
• Do you like watching soccer on TV? Yes and no. It can be boring, but I like watching the FIFA World Cup.
• Did you ever play any other sports? I ran track and used to swim, but they started conflicting with soccer. I became fully soccer in ninth grade.
• We hear you like to golf. Do you play much? Not as much as I'd like. In the summer I do whenever I have time.
• Where do you play? Greensburg Country Club.
• Movie you would recommend people to watch? The Switch.
• Try not to laugh at this one, but if you could be any animal, what would you want to be? (Laughs) Probably a Siberian Tiger. Tigers are my favorite wild animal.
First Published November 16, 2012 12:00 am