Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Vincentian's Tony DiNardo, Bishop Canevin's Carly Forse
Claim to fame: DiNardo averaged 20.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 6.3 steals in three wins last week that clinched the Section 2-A title. DiNardo had 25 points, 10 rebounds and five steals in a 91-82 win over North Catholic. He had 14 points, 12 rebounds and five steals in an 81-58 win over Quigley and 23 points, nine rebounds and nine steals in an 83-54 win over Eden Christian.
What did it mean to have such a big week and win the section title?
Last week was a really good week for me and the team. Right now, we're playing so well. We're peaking at the right time heading into the playoffs. Hopefully, we can get back to Palumbo again.
Is this the best team you've been on?
My four years at Vincentian, we've had some good teams. My freshman year was good. My sophomore year we won the WPIALs. This team is a lot faster than past teams, but we struggle on rebounds. Hopefully, we're good enough to win the WPIAL again.
What will you need to do to make a run in the playoffs?
We lack size, so we have to make sure we are all rebounding well. We've done a good job with that. We have to make sure we keep that up because teams like Lincoln Park have some big guys. We just can't let teams get second opportunities against us.
Have you decided where you'll attend college?
I have no idea where I'm going yet. I'm looking at Penn State Altoona, Duquesne and Bethany.
School: Bishop Canevin
Claim to fame: Forse scored 14 points and eclipsed the 1,000-point career mark in a 61-24 victory over Brentwood in Section 4-AA on Jan. 31. Forse had 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a 63-40 win over Chartiers-Houston on Jan. 28 and 13 points in 65-39 win over Steel Valley on Jan. 21.
How special was it for you to get that 1,000th point?
It was an awesome feeling, and it was something I really wanted since my freshman year. I've been playing since kindergarten, so that was a number that really meant a lot to me.
How do you and 1,000-point scorer Erin Waskowiak work together so well?
Erin and I have been playing with each other since sixth grade, and that definitely helps since we've known each other so long and play well off each other. I'm so proud of what she's been able to do and for her getting into Duquesne.
Have you decided where you'll be going to college?
Not yet. I'm probably going to play basketball at Point Park. It's not official yet, but they're the only school I'm talking to for basketball.
What has been the most memorable moment of your career?
I would just say my entire junior year and getting to the WPIAL championship. Even though we lost, we all worked really hard, and as a team, it was a great accomplishment.
Can this year's team make a similar run to last year?
Yes, definitely. If we just keep playing good as a team, play hard and work hard in practice, we can definitely get back there.
— Brian Graham