Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Latrobe's Josh Singley, Penn-Trafford's Taylor Cortazzo
Claim to fame: Singley, who has 11 goals and 13 assists, recorded a hat trick and added four assists to lead Latrobe (6-1) to a 15-0 win over Gateway in Class AA action on Dec. 3. Earlier this season, Singley scored five goals for the Wildcats in a 14-1 win over Franklin Regional on Nov. 12. He finished last season with 43 points, including 17 goals and 26 assists.
“I owe my success to my teammates,” Singley said. “I have been set up pretty good by my teammates, and I have been able to find the open man on the ice in order set up my teammates.”
What are your plans for college next year?
I've been accepted to Penn State main campus. I hope to play hockey next year. I look to major in mechanical engineering. It's the most broad, and I hope to study something involving business as well.
Who is your favorite NHL player and why?
Mike Richards. He always scores goals, and he plays the game with an extra edge. Also, he leads his team pretty well. I just try to model myself after that.
What are your personal goals for this season?
I just wanted to come out, play hard and see what happens. I hope I finish the season on the top of the leader board.
What do you think is your strongest part of your game?
I see the ice pretty well. I'm able to pass the puck well. I guess you would say I have good ice awareness.
What is your favorite part of the holidays?
I love to go over to my aunt's house and watch the movie, “When Santa Claus Comes to Town,” the animated version with my brother, sister, aunt and her husband.
Claim to fame: Cortazzo scored a game-high 21 points for Penn-Trafford (5-0, 2-0) in a 55-44 win over Shaler during the Penn-Trafford Tournament on Dec. 8. Cortazzo, who has scored in double figures each game this season, had 12 points in a 49-37 nonsection win over Gateway on Dec. 11. She added 10 points in a 65-17 Section 1-AAAA win over Connellsville on Monday.
“I think we have started off pretty strong,” Cortazzo said. “ We have played really well so far as a group.”
What are your college plans for next year?
I want to play basketball somewhere next year. I want to major in business or marketing. I'm not sure why that field but all I know is that I'm interested in that stuff. Currently, I'm interested in going to Slippery Rock.
What do you think is the best part of your game?
I think it would have to be my unselfishness. I look to get my teammates involved rather than scoring all the points.
What do you think you need to work on?
I would probably have to say my shot. Right now, it has been off lately. But, I'm constantly out there working on it.
What do you think the team needs to do to make a deep run into the playoffs?
I think we just need to stick together as a team. Our defense has been playing well. But, we need to make sure we convert points off our good defense.
— Andrew John