Athletes of the Week: Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Hopewell / Trey Hosack, Lincoln Park
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Last week: Walker-Kimbrough had 35 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks to lead Hopewell to a 50-34 victory against South Park in the WPIAL Class AAA girls basketball championship game at the Palumbo Center on Saturday.
Check this out: Walker-Kimbrough, a junior guard who averages 26 points per game, is one of the top players in the state. A terrific all-around athlete -- she also excels in volleyball and track -- Walker-Kimbrough has more than a dozen Division I offers in basketball, a list that includes perennial power Maryland.
• What did you and your teammates do to celebrate the night of the game? We all went out to eat at Barney's in Aliquippa.
• Most points you have scored in a game at any level? The 36 I had [this year in a WPIAL first-round game] against Belle Vernon.
• What other Division I basketball courts have you played on? A lot of them. Duke. North Carolina. N.C. State. Penn State. Notre Dame. Maryland.
• You play AAU ball for the Western PA Bruins. Who are some of the other top players on the team? Erin Waskowiak (Bishop Canevin), Naje Gibson (Seton-LaSalle), Angela Heintz (Seton-LaSalle) and Ciara Gregory (Jeannette) just to name a few.
• Better athlete: You or Rushel Shell? Rushel has the strength and he can jump high, but I'd still say myself. (Laughs)
• Which NCAA tournament will you watch more: Men's or women's? Definitely the men's.
-- By Brad Everett
Last week: A 6-foot senior guard, Hosack averaged 28 points in leading the Leopards in scoring in WPIAL Class A semifinal and championship game victories.
Check this out: On a team that features multiple Division I-caliber talents and on which he's the second-shortest starter, Hosack is Lincoln Park's leading scorer at 18.6 points per game. He did not start until his senior year because he was ruled ineligible by the WPIAL last season after he transferred to Ambridge. Now living in Hopewell, Hosack is back at Lincoln Park, a charter school in Midland.
• What does a WPIAL title mean to you? It means the world to me, probably the best feeling I've had in a while. We finally got over the hump to get to a WPIAL championship. I felt like if I was on the team last year, I could have had it.
• Convince us why Lincoln Park is going to win the PIAA championship. We've been playing hard through the end of the season and through the whole playoffs, and all we've got to do is keep it up and we'll win it all. I'm very confident in my team.
• Do you have a favorite pair of sneakers? Yeah, these brand new Jordans that my girlfriend bought me for my birthday. They're red, black and white.
-- By Chris Adamski
First Published March 9, 2012 12:00 am