Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Latrobe's Shane Brudnok, Kiski Area's Maddie Antone
Claim to fame: Brudnok, who had three wins with a 0.67 goals-against average and .973 save percentage during the PIHL Class AA Penguins Cup playoffs, allowed one goal to lead Latrobe to a 4-1 win against Parkland in the Pennsylvania championship game Saturday in Aston. Brudnok went 15-3 during the regular season with a 1.73 GAA and .919 save percentage.
“It was pretty huge. First off, to be going (to the state title game) was huge,” said Brudnok, who also won a state title as a freshman. “To win it twice, that is something special. It's something we will keep with us for the rest of our lives. If we have kids, we will be able to share that with them.”
What are your plans for next year?
I'm going to first go to some Juniors tryouts. But if I don't make it, I'll play for St. Vincent College for their Division III club team.
How much did previous experience in big games help?
Being there for four years really helped us. The seniors before us really showed us how things were suppose to be. As I progressed, I connected with the other younger kids on the team. I have been telling them to be cool and just do your thing out there.
What do you want your legacy to be when you graduate?
I want to be known as the goalie behind another great goalie to bring the state championship back to the school. We wanted to bring it back for the coaches, friends and family. My coach, Greg Smith, has been able to guide me and told me to keep calm, do what you do and just give your team a chance to win every night.
Who do you model your game after?
I'd probably have to say Tuukka Rask. I'm not most flexible kid. I would also say Henrik Lundqvist. I don't set up deep in the net like him. But I use my body a lot just like him.
How does it feel to end your career as a state champ?
I think it's great. Like I have been telling everybody, this was our (Josh Singley, Robert Vascinko and Brudnok) goal. We went in as state champions and we wanted to leave as state champions. We wanted to prove we could bring it back to the school.
School: Kiski Area
Claim to fame: Antone had 13 points to lead the East team to a 71-60 over the West in the 17th annual Cager Classic girls all-star game at Highlands High School on Saturday. Antone, a three-sport athlete, also plays shortstop for Kiski Area.
“Since it was one of my last games, I just wanted to go out there and have fun,” she said. “It was my last game with my teammate, Tara Stolarski. I didn't need to worry about how many points I was scoring. I just wanted to be laid back and have fun.”
What was it like to play in an all-star game like the Cager Classic?
It was awesome. Since Thursday with the meet and greet, I had a smile on my face and had fun with it.
What are your plans for next year?
I'm leaning toward going to Winthrop University and playing softball. I haven't committed yet. There are some offers for basketball. But I'm leaning toward Winthrop.
What do you like about Winthrop?
First, the education. I wanted to pick a school with my major. At first, I wanted to be a chiropractor and then I thought I would be interested in secondary education. But I decided since I have been playing sports for a good portion of my life to do something involving that. I finally decided on majoring in sports management. It's a nice small school. They liked me on the diamond. It's a Division I school so I thought I wouldn't be able to dedicate myself to basketball, as well.
Which sport do you like the most?
I like both of them the same. That's what took me so long to decide which school to go to. Basketball and softball are equally loved, and I like whichever sport is in season. It's weird because the two sports are totally different. One's a physical sport while softball is more laid back. I just like both of them the same.
Who is your role model and why?
(The late) Jaime Vick Moran. She was an assistant volleyball coach and math teacher. She battled with leukemia three times. She was beautiful, smart and athletic. I loved her for it. We did everything for her. She was in and out of the hospital. She was always smiling and taught me to be happy for what you have. She was positive every single time. She made everything seem it was all right even though it wasn't. I just want to be like her in so many ways and not just athletically.