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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Canon-McMillan's Josh Kruczek, South Allegheny's Audra Lewis

| Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
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Canon-McMillan soccer player Josh Kruczek.

Josh Kruczek

School: Canon-McMillan

Year: Senior

Sport: Soccer

Claim to fame: Kruczek had four goals and two assists in the defending WPIAL champion Big Macs' 9-1 win over Brashear on Sept. 3. Kruczek also dished out a pair of assists in each of the Big Macs' wins over McGuffey and North Hills in the Canon-McMillan Kickoff Classic on Thursday. Last year, Kruczek scored 11 goals.

Does Canon-McMillan have a target on its back?

Yeah, I think you can say our whole team sort of feels it. We like it, though. We embrace it and try to go forward to get back to the championship.

Is there added pressure on this team to repeat as the WPIAL champion?

There may be some. We don't look at it as pressure. We just try to prepare as if it's just another game and an opportunity to excel.

How good are the Big Macs this year?

I think we can play pretty well together. We really solidified our back line and are jelling. We play in a competitive conference, so I think we'll see pretty soon.

Have you picked a college yet?

No, not yet. I'm searching for a good academic school, but I'm really focusing on high school and getting better at soccer.

Do you have a major in mind?

I'd like to get into some form of engineering.

Audra Lewis

School: South Allegheny

Year: Senior

Sport: Soccer/football

Claim to fame: Lewis scored a hat trick for the Gladiators in a 12-0 win at Monessen in their Section 2-A opener on Sept. 4. Lewis also scored a goal in Saturday's game against Beaver and on Monday in a match against Chartiers-Houston. Lewis kicked a 31-yard field goal Aug. 31 for the football team in its 31-3 loss to Seton-La Salle in the season opener and had two extra points Friday in a 41-20 loss to Quaker Valley.

What is it like to be a multisport athlete during the same season?

It's really interesting because I love playing soccer. I really like being on the football team because it's new and different and I like to try new things.

What was going through your head when you lined up for that field goal?

I was super nervous. When the ball went in, I had the biggest smile. I was so surprised. The crowd's reaction was crazy.

Have you picked a college yet?

I'm leaning toward Point Park University. Nothing is finalized, yet, but that is where I want to go.

Do you have a major in mind?

I'm going to major in either public relations or psychology. With psychology, I feel like I could help a lot of people. With public relations, I would be able to interact with people through advertising.

One thing people may not know about you is?

I like to dress up like a girl. I like high heels, dresses and skirts. That's surprising because at school, I'm always in a T-shirt, so it shocks people when I'm dressed up.

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