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Pittsburgh athletes of the week: North Hills' Nick Smith, Ambridge's Sarah Fischer

| Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, 10:21 p.m.
North Hills' Nick Smith
North Hills' Nick Smith
Ambridge's Sarah Fischer
Ambridge's Sarah Fischer

Nick Smith

School: North Hills

Class: Senior

Sport: Basketball

Claim to fame: Smith scored 44 points, including 30 in the first half, in a win over Hampton last Wednesday. Averaging 29 points, Smith has led North Hills to a 3-0 record in Section 1-6A and a 7-1 overall mark.

What led to your success in the win over Hampton?

We knew it was going to be a tough game, so we knew it was going to be high scoring and we really wanted to get out to a good start, and I ended up hitting my first couple shots and that really got me going early and it kind of went from there.

You were in a back and forth scoring matchup with Antonio Ionadi who had 41 points. What was that like for you?

Antonio, he's one of my best friends. I grew up with him all my life, so it was kind of cool. We were joking with each other at one point at the end of the game, and it was kind of cool to see it all happen at that time, and it's something that we'll talk about for a long time.

Did you make any New Year's resolutions?

To go back to the Pete (Petersen Events Center) and finish what we didn't finish last year (win a WPIAL title).

What's your favorite class in school?

Probably psychology; we learn a little bit about everything, and there's a good teacher so I enjoy that class.

What are your plans for next year?

I'm still undecided. ... I have a couple Division II offers right now. So we'll see, I'm not really sure.

Sarah Fischer

School: Ambridge

Class: Senior

Sport: Basketball

Claim to fame: With her first basket of the game, Fischer registered her 1,000th career point in a 20-point effort over Franklin Regional in the North Allegheny tournament on Thursday. Ambridge is 5-5 overall and 2-1 in Section 2-4A.

What did it feel like after you scored your 1,000th career point?

After I scored the final two points that I needed, I feel like it just relieved a lot off me. The game before I didn't have that great of a game, and I only scored five, and all I needed was two more points to get 1,000. When we played Franklin Regional was when I got it, and after that, playing was a lot easier and I was able to just play my game, and I didn't have to think about having to get those points.

What will it take to get back to the playoffs this year?

I think it's going to take playing to our full potential every game and not being scared or worried about losing or anything. I feel like that's a big thing, everyone needs to play at their full potential and whenever we do that we always play as a team. That's what happened when we played Franklin Regional, we all had a really good game, we all played together and ran the floor and that's what we need every game.

What's your favorite class in school?

My favorite class would have to be physics, because I like the teacher we have. … It's like a mix of math and science and I like those.

What are your plans for next year?

I committed to Edinboro University in July. I got a scholarship to play there, so that's where I'm going to be playing.

Alex Oltmanns is a freelance writer.

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