Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Belle Vernon's David Wurmlinger, Greensburg Central Catholic's Olivia Binda
School: Belle Vernon
Claim to fame: Wurmlinger, who has a team-high 19 goals, recorded a goal and two assists in a pair of playoff wins last week. He assisted on the lone goal in the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal win over West Allegheny on Thursday, and added a goal and an assist in the first-round win over Blackhawk. Belle Vernon (14-3) will face Mars in the semifinals Wednesday at Gateway.
“We had an experienced team going into the playoffs,” Wurmlinger said. “We have a lot of seniors. We know how to make plays when we need it. My teammates and I know where each other will be.”
What are your college plans for next year?
I'm trying to play at Grove City. I went to their school and I told the coach I will play for them. I'm trying to get my ACT scores up, since Grove City is hard to get into. I will major in electrical engineering. I always have loved math and science. I excel in math. My dad is an electrical engineer, and I have shadowed him. Also, it's a good career.
What would it mean to win a WPIAL championship?
It would be great. It's pretty much what we work for. We worked for a section title, but with South Park being in our section, the next option is a WPIAL championship. In my sophomore year, we lost in the semifinals and we lost last year in the championship game. I think we are more experienced and we know we can't go out weak again. We (seniors) can share the experiences to the freshman starters and non-starters from last year.
Who's your favorite athlete and why?
Lionel Messi. I love how he keeps the ball close to his body. But I can't really say I compare myself to Messi. I don't have a set athlete I idolize. I enjoy watching all sports, like basketball with LeBron James and hockey with Sidney Crosby.
When you graduate, what do you want to be remembered for?
I hope to be remembered for being an encouraging teammate and for bringing up people and working hard in practice. Scoring goals and assists, anyone can do that, but encouraging teammates and working hard in practice would be more important to me.
Who is your role model?
My dad. He constantly pushes me in every aspect in my life, whether it be school, spiritual and athletics. Whatever hard times I go through, I can go to my dad and he can give me guidance. My love for math and my major came from my dad. So, I would have to say my dad.
School: Greensburg Central Catholic
Claim to fame: Binda recorded her 10th shutout of the season in a 7-0 WPIAL Class A quarterfinal win over Springdale on Oct. 24. Binda, who has 17 wins this season, led the Centurions to an 8-1 first-round victory over Chartiers-Houston. The Centurions (17-1) will face Shady Side Academy in the semifinals Wednesday at Hampton.
“We played really well against Springdale,” Binda said. “I'm really excited. The team played amazing.”
How have you dealt with replacing Mackenzie Shearson?
She set the bar really high with the way she played. She set my goals really high for me and the rest of the team.
How does it feel to have success so early on?
It feels good. But I wouldn't have been successful without the help of my team and my coaches.
What's it like to have scorers such as Frannie Crouse and Malea Fabean as teammates?
It gives me the assurance that I have a great offense along with other teammates. But they are really good.
How do you keep involved when the action is on the other end of the field?
I just watch the ball constantly and I try to talk to my defenders and let them know how we look in our shapes.
What has been your favorite Halloween costume?
I would have to say when I was an M&M in eighth grade. I was the red one with my neighbors.