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- BVA infielder Joe Simsic was named Class AAA Section 4 First Team All-Section on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.
BVA infielder Joe Simsic was named Class AAA Section 4 First Team All-Section on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.
- Kellie Hutchinson
 Kellie Hutchinson

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 12:30 a.m.
 

Joe Simsic

School: Belle Vernon

Sport: Baseball

Class: Junior

Claim to fame: Simsic drove in three runs for Belle Vernon (19-6) in a 11-7 win in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA playoff game against Punxsutawney on June 4. Simsic, who plays on the the Paramount Panthers travel team, finished the season with a .386 batting average with five doubles, eight walks, 16 RBI and 15 runs scored.

“I felt like I performed really well,” Simsic said. “I just tried to listen to my coach, which was just to stay down on the pitch and hit line drive after line drive.”

What are you going to work on during the offseason to improve your game?

Over the offseason, I plan to do an arm strengthening program that my travel coach gave to me. I'm going to do a speed program and do my regular hitting and fielding.

What are your strengths in your game? What is a weakness?

I feel like my strengths are in my fielding, I also can swing the bat a little bit. A weakness would be my speed. I need to get under seven.

What was the most memorable moment from this season?

I would say it was the WPIAL championship. It was our big goal going into this season, and we got that close to achieving it.

What's your favorite fruit?

Banana. It makes me not cramp up, and I eat it for that purpose.

If you had superpowers, what would you want to have?

I would like to be invisible so I can go into big games like Super Bowl's and people wouldn't even know.

Kellie Hutchinson

School: Greensburg Salem

Sport: Softball

Class: Sophomore

Claim to fame: Hutchinson had two hits, including a double, and a RBI for Greensburg Salem (17-4) in a 4-1 loss to Montour in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs June 7. Hutchinson batted .750 during the WPIAL and PIAA playoffs with four doubles, two triples and nine RBI.

“I think I pretty much finished the way my team needed me to finish,” Hutchinson said. “I think the rest of the girls did as well.”

What are you going to work on during the offseason?

I will probably practice batting the entire offseason. Also, work on fielding as the offseason goes. But batting is the most important thing I need to work on.

What are your strengths?

A strength would probably be being able to bat under pressure. Sometimes, I overthink things, and if it affects the rest of my game.

What was the most memorable moment from this season?

Definitely making it to states. Being the first team from Greensburg Salem to make it that far.

Where's your favorite place to shop?

Probably American Eagle.

What's your favorite snack food?

Granola Bars.

— Andrew John

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