Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Upper St. Clair's Doug Hapeman, Central Valley's Carolina Lucci
By Brian Graham
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
School: Upper St. Clair
Claim to fame: Hapeman scored once for Upper St. Clair in a 3-0 win over District 3 champion Conestoga Valley in the PIAA Class AAA championship game Saturday. Hapeman, who scored the game-winner as a sophomore in the state championship, also scored a goal in the Panthers' 3-0 win over Peters Township in the quarterfinals Nov. 8.
It seems you picked your game up in the playoffs the last two years. Is that the case?
I think so. The playoffs are a new season. One mistake could cost us and send you home for the rest of the season. Obviously, we didn't want our season to end.
What will you guys have to do to go for a three-peat next year?
We're going to have a target on our back again next year. It's going to take a lot of hard work from the preseason throughout the season to hopefully get that third title in a row.
What is the difference between this team and the last two teams you played on?
I think we had more firepower offensively this year.
When you look back at this season, what will stand out?
I'll just remember how close we were as a team and obviously going through and winning a state championship.
School: Central Valley
Claim to fame: Lucci scored at the 19:29 minute mark to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead in a 2-1 victory over Camp Hill Trinity in the PIAA Class AA title game Saturday. Lucci also scored in the Warriors' 1-0 win over Hopewell in the semifinals on Nov. 11. Lucci scored 40 goals this season for Central Valley.
How does it feel to win a state title during your freshman year?
It's a great experience because I'm the only freshman who went through. I just feel really lucky to go through.
How special was it for you to have an impact as a freshman?
It's great to know that I contributed even though everybody on the team helped out. Even if you don't start varsity, you are still a part of the team.
What will Central Valley have to do to repeat next season?
We're just going to have to step up our game. We're losing two great seniors. We're going to have to do as much as we did this year if we want to repeat.
Did you feel any added pressure being a freshman and being expected to contribute offensively every night?
I didn't. I could care less who scores or who sits. As long as the team works together and we win, that's all that matters.
— Brian Graham
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Starkey: Steelers know when to say goodbye
- Analysis: Kesler remains on Penguins’ radar as Shero looks bring back ‘Big 3’ formula
- Pirates’ big risk with pitch-heavy draft focus might soon pay off
- Ukrainians steel to resist Russian aggression
- Ex-Colts executive Polian: Approach free agency with caution
- With so many needs, Steelers can ill afford to miss in draft
- Penguins GM Shero’s deadline deals: Addition by subtraction
- Experts: Anti-vaccine view a peril
- Greensburg bishop’s time at helm draws to a close
- IUP students have raucous early St. Patrick’s Day celebration
- Steelers defense doesn’t make the grade in 2013 review