Pittsburgh Trib athletes of the week: Sewickley Academy's Ian Deihle, West Allegheny's Allison Koester
School: Sewickley Academy
Claim to fame: Deihle scored the game-winning goal in the 94th minute of the WPIAL Class A championship to lead Sewickley Academy to a 1-0 victory over Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic on Friday. After claiming its seventh WPIAL title and first since 2013, Sewickley Academy played Brockway in the first round of the PIAA playoffs Tuesday. Deihle will attend Wake Forest next year.
How did it feel to score such a big goal?
It was a great feeling. It was a really challenging game, both teams were playing really well, and it was tight until the end. But when it gets to overtime it gets kind of scary because you don't want to get down to penalty kicks, because we know what it feels like to go and lose in penalty kicks since we lost to Winchester Thurston a couple years ago. Everyone was tired, everyone was battling, but it took a lot of heart from our team. It wasn't an individual effort. Everyone was working well, and I think that's what led to our success.
What will it take to repeat as PIAA champions?
I think it takes the same kind of will and determination as that game we just played … We've been there a couple years in a row, and it's felt really good, but it's sticking as a team and not getting down on your teammates and keep supporting each other, especially through a long playoff run like this. The continued success is just based off how well we work together.
What do you like to do when you're not playingsoccer?
I play lacrosse for the school's team, that's coming up. And I also play squash as well in the winter, and I play golf for leisure. Sports are a pretty dominant thing in my life, but I kind of just enjoy the regular stuff, hanging out with my friends and stuff like that.
What's your favorite class?
I really like science, I've always liked science. I'm currently taking AP biology, and I think it's a really interesting subject, and something I'm hoping to pursue later in my life as I go to college.
School: West Allegheny
Claim to fame: Koester finished with 17 kills in West Allegheny's 3-1 win over Hampton in the WPIAL Class AAA championship Saturday. After winning their first WPIAL title since 2008, the Indians played Punxsutawney in the first round of the PIAA playoffs Tuesday.
What led to your team's run to a WPIAL championship?
I think this year we have a really good sense of teamwork, and we've worked really hard to reach this goal, and that's always been the goal since Day 1. So I just think that having that there helped us to win it.
You lost the match's first game Saturday. How were you able to come back?
I think the first game we were just uncomfortable with the situation, and the second and third games we came together as a team. And then the fourth game we just dominated that game and took control.
Your team didn't even advance to the postseason last year. What led to your turnaround?
I think last season we didn't play as well together, and there was lack of trust on the court, and I think this year that's just totally different.
What's your favorite class?
I like child development, and it's the preschool class that we offer at our school. We teach the preschoolers.
What are your plans for next year?
I definitely want to play volleyball, but it's still mostly up in the air for what I want to do.