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VND Spotlight Athletes

| Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 12:42 a.m.
Plum junior Andrew Reynolds is this week's Valley News Dispatch male spotlight athlete,
Plum junior Andrew Reynolds is this week's Valley News Dispatch male spotlight athlete,
Riverview soccer standout Nikki Polens
Riverview soccer standout Nikki Polens

Andrew Reynolds

School: Plum

Class: Junior

Report card: Reynolds qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA championship for the second year in a row after shooting a 3-over-par 75 in the semifinal tournament at Youghiogheny Country Club. Reynolds took 29th in the WPIAL as a sophomore.

What is your favorite course to play?

Oakmont Country Club. I caddie there in the summer and play 18 every Monday. I also carded my lowest round in a match there this year (1-under 35) against Riverview.

How long have you been playing golf?

For only about two years. My dad has always played, and I took a few lessons two years ago and just really got into it.

What is your biggest golf etiquette pet peeve?

Definitely slow play, that and walking in my line really bothers me.

Do you set a target score before your round?

No, I just kind of play and try to hit my best shot each time. I don't really think about the total score.

Do you have any crazy outfits?

I have a pair of Loudmouth Golf shorts I wear for golf tryouts.

Do you play any other sports?

Not right now, I used to play basketball and squash. Fizzled out to golf.

What's your strangest experience on the golf course?

I was playing Meadowink Golf Course, and it was really wet. I holed out from 70 yards, and the water in the cup spit the ball back out.

—Alex Novickoff

Nikki Polens

School: Riverview

Class: Sophomore

Report card: Polens has scored an Alle-Kiski-best 11 goals this season, which includes a four-goal game against Jeannette, and a hat trick against Geibel. A team captain for the 3-3 Lady Raiders, she also is a kicker on the football team. She has converted 2-of-5 extra points.

How do you decide where to kick the ball in the net when trying to score a goal?

It mostly depends on the situation I'm in, from which side I'm on. It's mainly away from the goalkeeper, and to the low corners or high corners.

Going into this season, did you think you would score this many goals this early?

No, not at all. I was definitely trying my hardest to beat my record from last year which was 11. Now that I have 11 I want it so bad to get more and score as much as I can to benefit my team.

What made you want to play football?

When I was in eighth grade one of the coaches asked me if I would be interested. When I got to high school I couldn't because I played volleyball. Since I'm not playing volleyball this year I was more than happy to do it and the coach asked me again. All the guys are welcoming and nice.

How do you feel you're progressing as a kicker in football? There's a big difference between kicking a soccer ball and a football.

It's a lot different. I get nervous during games cause of the environment but as I go I'm getting better. During practice I'm trying not to wear out my leg and I don't want to let down my team to.

What's the longest field goal you've made during practice?

It was a 38-yarder.

They're bringing in portal lights this week at Riverside Park for night games. What are your thoughts on that?

That's the most exciting part for Riverview. We don't have any night games. We try to get as many people out there as we can. Those are our biggest games of the year.

—D.J. Vasil

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