Daily News spotlight athletes: West Mifflin's Tommy Forster, Serra's Katie Sieg
School: West Mifflin
Claim to fame: As a No. 12 seed, Forster won the boys singles championship at the Western Regional tournament Friday after bowling a 190 against seventh-seed Brendan Schink from Wilson Christian Academy. Forster averages above 200 and has bowled a 300 twice in his career.
“I've been coaching high school and college for 20 years, and I've never run into a kid like Tommy,” West Mifflin coach Ray Vilage said. “He has the strongest mental ability I've seen. He never gets too high or low — he just bowls. In the last frame of the semifinals, he had to make a spare and a strike to win by a pin and he did it. He's a really good kid. He's also the only kid I've allowed to palm the ball (rather than put his thumb in the hole). It makes it harder to control the ball, but he does a great job of it.”
How does it feel to be a regional champ?
It feels great. It was like a dream come true. I was really excited about it.
What's next after the state tournament?
I'm hoping to bowl on a college team after high school. Not sure where I want to go yet. I'd like to go somewhere local but not positive.
How often do you bowl for fun?
Usually two or three times a week. I'm on the high school team and on a team with my friends, and I go with them once a week to practice.
When did you start bowling competitively?
When I was in ninth grade. My dad and my coach got me into bowling competitively.
What do you enjoy most about bowling?
I enjoy trying to get better and being with my friends and being able to bowl with them.
School: Serra Catholic
Claim to fame: Sieg had 11 points, nine rebounds and six steals 11 points to lead Serra Catholic (23-2) to a 67-43 win over Cochranton in the first round of the PIAA playoffs on Saturday.
“We never have to worry about what Katie is going to bring,” coach Bill Cleary said. “She has been solid all year. She gets the toughest defensive assignment each night, and she always comes through in the clutch. She's a very strong player who does everything well.”
Do you enjoy playing with your sister, Megan?
Yes, I do. We're very good with each other. We have this connection, and I think she keeps me calm out there. I'm just so used to playing with her.
How are you using the loss (to Vincentian) in the WPIAL final as motivation?
I think I am motivated because I want to go into the state playoffs with a new mindset and just try to win every game.
What do you enjoy most about basketball?
I think what I enjoy the most is how the game is different from every other game. It's energetic, and I like how it is fast paced.
What do you like to do outside of basketball?
I play soccer as well. I grew up playing soccer. I like being with my friends mostly. I like basketball more than soccer.
What's your favorite subject in school?
This year, I would say I like geometry the best. I was always good at math, so I think that's why I like it. It's not that difficult.