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By Brian Graham

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, 10:22 p.m.

Connor Schram

School: Canon-McMillan

Year: Senior

Sport: Wrestling

Claim to fame: Schram won his second Powerade tournament title in the 126-pound weight class in his third trip to the finals after beating Franklin Regional's Michael Kemmerer by a default in the second period. A Stanford recruit, Schram is a three-time PIAA Class AAA finalist and one-time champion. He has amassed a 131-11 career record.

How does it feel to win the Powerade one more time before you graduate in front of your home crowd?

It feels good to end my career winning there in front of our own fans and have the home crowd support. Overall, it felt really awesome.

Why did you pick Stanford?

For me, it had the best fit. I got a long with all of the guys on the team. It's a great academic school, obviously. I just feel like I can achieve all of my academic and wrestling goals there.

Has the coaching staff given you any idea as to what to expect coming in as a freshman?

I'm pretty sure they want me to redshirt me as a freshman and then wrestle at 133 (pounds) the following year.

What are you going to work on to prepare yourself for Division I wrestling?

I think the main part is just continuous wrestling. I have to start hand fighting better. I need to get in better shape.

Do you have a major in mind?

I'm undecided as of right now. I think I'm just going to go out there and take some classes and see what I like and where I feel comfortable.

Alexis Graham

School: Blackhawk

Year: Senior

Sport: Basketball

Claim to fame: Graham scored 22 points after going 10 for 11 from the field to eclipse the 1,000-point mark in her career in the Cougars' 89-56 win over Greensburg Central Catholic in the Hempfield Tournament on Dec. 29.

“She's always been a post player, but she's expanded her guard role,” coach Steve Lodovico said. “Her improved guard play has really helped create mismatches for the other teams.”

How special was it for you to go over 1,000 career points?

It was awesome. I didn't know that I was close yet. I knew I was about 100 points away. I just didn't know that night, so I was excited.

Was it more satisfying that it came in a win?

It was great. In ninth grade, we had to make goal sheets. That was on there. Also, to have it in a convincing win was nice.

Have you decided where you'll attend college?

No, I haven't yet. I've looked at Clarion, Indiana (Pa.), Mercyhurst and a few other schools around here.

What aspect of your game would you like to improve before you go to college?

I'd say probably more of the guard spot with ball-handling and rebounding more.

 

 
 


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