Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Hampton's Ryan Luther, North Catholic's Lauren Wolosik
Claim to fame: Luther has played an integral role in helping the Talbots climb to the No. 2 spot in the Tribune Review's Class AAAA rankings. Luther scored a game-high 31 points in a 70-44 rout of North Hills on Dec. 14. He also hit the game-winning layup to give the Talbots a 59-58 win over Mars on Dec. 10.
How happy are you with how Hampton has played?
It means a lot. Hopefully, we can get a good rhythm going into section play. With moving into Quad-A these games have gotten us ready for the physical section we're going to be in.
How good can you guys be in Quad-A?
I think if we live up to our potential and everything goes well, we can be pretty good. Our coach always says our goals don't change from year to year. The goal is to win the section, win WPIALs and get to states. I'm excited to play some good competition.
What's it like having the chance to play with your twin brother, Collin?
We fight a little bit on and off the court. It does help on the court because we've been playing together so long. We know where we're going to be. He's more of a distributor, I'm more of a scorer.
As the quarterback on the football team, is it difficult to jump from one sport to the next?
A little bit. I know we wanted to go further as a football team. I was pretty excited for basketball. You just have to turn the page and start working toward basketball.
When the time comes to choose a sport for college, which will you choose?
I'll probably play basketball. I guess I've always been drawn toward basketball growing up. I've always just enjoyed it a little more.
What aspect of your game would you like to improve on?
I definitely want to improve my ball-handling. There are some plays I wish I could make better. It's just not all there yet.
School: North Catholic
Claim to fame: A Central Connecticut recruit, Wolosik scored a game-high 30 points for the Trojanettes in their 47-22 win over Ellis School in the Section 2 opener on Dec. 12. Wolosik added 26 points in a 56-5 win over Trinity Christian on Monday.
“She's the lone returning starter for us this year,” coach Molly Rottmann said. “Right now we're starting two freshmen and a sophomore. She's been our everything in a lot of ways. Not just on the court but off the court with her leadership. We gear our defense and offense around her.”
What prompted you to commit to Central Connecticut?
I had an offer from them in May. I had that offer all summer. I went up on an unofficial visit, and I really liked it. I like the coaches and the basketball program. It felt like my home away from home.
What has the coaching staff said they expect from you as a freshman?
They have plans for me to replace Jackie Babe. They just want me to come in and keep doing what I've done at North Catholic.
Do you have a major in mind?
I haven't chosen one yet. I like math and engineering, so I'm leaning toward that field.
What are you going to work on to prepare for the college game?
In the summer, I'm going to work on the pull-up jumper and getting rid of the ball quicker. In college everyone is stronger and faster, so I need to work on that.
How good can North Catholic be this season?
We have a lot of potential. We have great people and coaches around us. We work hard and push each other so we can go far. We just have to believe in ourselves and believe in each other.
— Brian Graham