Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Greensburg C.C.'s Garrett Brooks, Vincentian's Ally Bartoszewicz
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School: Greensburg Central Catholic
Claim to fame: Brooks went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBI to lead Greensburg Central Catholic (11-4, 9-3) to an 11-8 win over Jeannette in Section 4-AA play Monday. Brooks also had a home run for the Centurions in a 12-11 win over Shady Side Academy on April 26 and scored three runs in a 6-1 win over Southmoreland on April 15.
The infielder is hitting .600 this season, tied for second in the WPIAL.
“I think I'm starting to hit the ball well,” Brooks said. “I'm just trying to hit the ball with more consistency.”
What are your plans for college next year?
I'm thinking about going to California, Pa., and hopefully I will be able to make it onto the baseball team. I would like to major in business management because my dad owns his own business.
What is the strongest part of your game?
Probably be my hitting. I think I need to improve on my fielding a little bit and improve the strength in my arms.
If you didn't play baseball, what sport would you be playing?
I would have to go with football since I played it all the way through my senior year in high school. I like baseball more because I'm better at it than football.
If you had the chance to go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I would probably have to say I would go out west. There are a lot of places where you can go ski.
What is your approach when you are in the batters box?
I just try to think to myself I need to get on the base anyway I can. I try to not think too much and clear my head while I'm up at bat.
— Andrew John
Sport: Track and field
Claim to fame: Bartoszewicz won the girls 100-meter dash and placed second in the 200-meter dash at 40th annual Baldwin Invitational at Baldwin High School on Friday. Bartoszewicz finished the 100 in 12.22 seconds and posted a 24.84 time in the 200. Bartoszewicz, who began running last year, edged Hempfield's Jasmine Jones in the 100 by .08 seconds, but come up short in the 200, losing to Jones by .10.
How do you think you ran at the Baldwin Invitational?
A lot better than I expected. I (had a personal record) in both events. It was very exciting.
How close were you to winning the 200?
Jasmine Jones is a crazy strong runner. She was flying out of the turn. I closed a little at the end. It was pretty close.
What are your goals for the WPIAL meet next week?
The ultimate goal would be to win, but just to continue to improve my times and qualify for states.
Any specific times in mind?
If I continue to have times like at Baldwin, I would be happy, but I'd like to break 12 (seconds) in the 100.
What drew you to sprinting?
My mom was a sprinter in high school and college. In basketball, we sprint in practice and I like that, so I thought I'd give it a shot. It's definitely been successful.
What other events have you tried?
I also run the 400 relay. That's really fun. I tried the 400 a couple times, but it didn't work out so well.
You also helped the basketball team reach the PIAA finals. Which is your favorite sport?
That's a tough one. I love both sports for different reasons. Basketball is a lot of strategy and teamwork. Track is just black and white, run as fast as you can. I can't pick between the two.
Your cousin, Abbey, was an athlete of the week earlier this year. Do you two have a healthy rivalry in athletics?
Abbey is kind of like my older sister. For my AAU basketball season, she's one of the assistant coaches. She's definitely helped me a lot, but I don't think there's a rivalry there.
What is something people might not know about you?
In grade school, I did a lot of musical theater. I don't think a lot of people would know that. I don't do it anymore because of basketball.
— Bill Hartlep
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