High school athletes of the week: Revak, Walsh
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Last week: A senior goalie, Revak went 3-0 and stopped 44 of 48 shots in the Penguins Cup Class A semifinals and final and the Pennsylvania Cup state championship game.
Check this out: Revak moved with his family from Ohio to the Quaker Valley School District before this year, and he helped lead the Quakers to their third Penguins Cup and second state title. Also a member of the Pittsburgh Viper Stars U18 AAA amateur team, Revak went 9-1-1 with a 1.78 goals-against average in the regular season.
Why was Quaker Valley so good this season? Our coaching and our defensive zone play. We were really good in our own end and limited high-percentage scoring chances. That was real key in the playoffs.
Mars had won the previous three Penguins Cups. Was beating them in the regular season a true sign Quaker Valley had "arrived"? I think so. I know a lot of kids on Mars from the Vipers team ... I know last year they kind of beat up on Quaker Valley, and I know everyone on Quaker Valley wanted to beat them this year. Beating them, 7-0, in the regular season was huge for our overall confidence, and that really helped going into the playoffs.
Did you do anything special with your state championship medal? I've just got it hanging in my room. I'm looking at it everyday.
-- By Chris Adamski
Last week: Walsh had 11 points and 8 assists to help Seton-LaSalle defeat York Catholic in the PIAA Class AA championship game. The win made Seton-LaSalle only the third WPIAL girls team to win a state title with an undefeated record. Seton-LaSalle was 30-0.
Check this out: Walsh (5 feet 7) is only a freshman, but was the starting point guard for the powerful Rebels. She averaged 8 points a game, but helped run the show offensively. Her scoring increased in the postseason, reaching double figures in four of five PIAA games. This is the third state title in a row for Walsh. As a seventh- and eighth-grader, she won two state Catholic grade school championships for St. Gabriel in Whitehall.
Did you really expect to be such a big part of the team this season? Yeah, I did actually. I knew I had the role to play of point guard.
Did it take a little while for the other girls to accept you? It didn't take that long. We played as a team pretty much since the first couple games of the year.
Now that it's over, has it hit you girls how unusual it is to go undefeated? It's definitely an accomplishment, but we still have next year, too.
What do you do for an encore? Just keep working hard all the time. We really can't look in the past now. We have to move forward.
What three words describe you best? Never give up.
Your dad, Kevin, is called 'Knobby.' Your uncle [Seton-LaSalle boys coach Mark Walsh] is called Knobby, too. What's up with that? I have another uncle [Danny Walsh] and he's called Knobby, too. I'm told it all comes from my grandfather growing up in Oakland. He was called Knobby, too.
That's crazy. Do you get tired of people asking you about all the Knobbys? [Laugh]. Just a little.
You'd like to throw something at ... Knobby.
People might be surprised to know that ... I was actually a pretty good soccer player, but gave it up for basketball.
-- By Mike White
First Published March 30, 2012 12:00 am