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| Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Lucas Dubyak
Maggie McKernan

Lucas Dubyak

School: Butler

Year: Junior

Sport: Football

Claim to fame: Dubyak carried the ball 17 times for 124 yards in Butler's 38-27 win at Shaler. He added a pair of touchdowns and finished with 241 all-purpose yards. He was one of three Golden Tornado rushers to eclipse 100 yards in the game. Matt Christy and Robert Burdine reached the century mark as well.

Were you surprised you had such success personally and as a team?

I had a lot of confidence in my line the whole week. I obviously didn't think we'd have three 100-yard rushers I definitely believe in my teammates, though. Robert and Matt are real good athletes. Our line just did a real good job all game.

What do you like playing better, running back or linebacker?

It's pretty even. I think, overall, I probably like linebacker better. It's pretty even.

Last year, Butler made it to the WPIAL playoffs for the first time in 14 years. Are you hoping to continue to build off that?

We definitely are. The whole winter, when we had offseason workouts, the coaches kept saying to work even harder to get back to the playoffs again and win a game and get as far as we can. When we made the playoffs last year, it changed the way people thought about Butler football. Because of the losing seasons we had in the past, a lot of people doubted us. We're a team and we do it for each other.

You're a midfielder in lacrosse, too. What sport do you like better?

I definitely like football better. I like lacrosse a lot, but I like football a lot better. I just have more passion for it.

Maggie McKernan

School: Mars

Sport: Volleyball

Year: Senior

Claim to fame: Mc-Kernan has six aces and 18 digs for Mars as the team looks to defend its WPIAL Class AA championship. In addition, she is the team's leading serve receive passer and helped the Planets win their first two section games.

What's it like having younger twin sisters (Rachel and Cassie) who play on your team?

It's been really exciting. I like having my sisters playing with me. We've been playing volleyball together and supporting each other for years. It's been great.

You're the top student in your class, so how are you able to balance academics and athletics?

I have high athletic and academic goals for myself. I am just as dedicated to my schoolwork as I am volleyball. It's definitely a lot of work on the court and off the court. I feel like I have found a balance of when it's time for schoolwork, sports and family. I feel like I am doing a good job balancing my life.

Your coach said you're a champion jump roper?

My sisters and I are part of the Mars Stars jump rope team. We participate in double dutch jump rope competitions. We have won gold three years in a row in three different regions, once in Ohio, Maryland and Virginia.

Do you have plans for college?

I am looking to be a physician assistant major at Gannon University.

— Joe Sager

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