Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Fox Chapel's Matt D'Amico, South Park's Halie Torris
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School: Fox Chapel
Claim to fame: D'Amico scored a game-high 21 points and eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career in the Foxes' 63-51 Section 2-AAAA win over McKeesport on Friday. D'Amico also had 29 points in a 101-71 victory against host North Hills on Dec. 9. Heading into the week, D'Amico had scored 1,020 points in his career.
How special was it to eclipse 1,000 points?
Especially in the win, it was special. … It doesn't mean much in a loss. I've put in a lot of work. There have been a couple hundred assists and screens set to get me open.
What are your plans after high school?
I haven't narrowed my schools down, but I do plan on playing basketball wherever I attend.
What schools who have reached out to you?
I've talked to numerous Division III schools like Marietta and Susquehanna University. Also a few Division-II schools in Seton Hill and Wheeling Jesuit. I've had some small talk with Duquesne.
When will you to make a decision?
I feel like I'll be ready to make a decision at the end of the basketball season.
How good can this Fox Chapel team be this year?
I feel we have a lot of potential. It's all about living up to that. We come in every day and put in the hard work. If we stay determined, the sky's the limit.
What are you looking to improve before you head off to college?
I think my strength and conditioning is going to be key. I feel in good shape, but going from high school to college is a big jump.
School: South Park
Claim to fame: Torris led the defending PIAA champion Eagles with 25 points in their 67-59 win over Central Valley on Dec. 9. Torris — an all section selection who averaged 15.7 ppg last year — also netted 21 points to lead the Eagles to a 70-40 victory over Thomas Jefferson in the consolation of the Bethel Park tournament Dec. 7.
Rate your personal performance to this point in the season?
I think I'm playing really well, but it's all because of my teammates. They open up all the opportunities and make me better on the court.
Can South Park make another run at a state title?
I think we have a really good chance. We're working hard this year because we have big shoes to fill. We're stepping it up big time and going to try to go at it again.
Have you decided where you'll go to college?
No. I'm going to wait to see if I get any offers and I'll go from there. I've heard from IUP, Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon.
What are you looking for in a college?
I'm looking for a college that makes me feel most comfortable with the team and coaches.
What are you going to work on to make yourself better for the college game?
I'm going to focus on my rebounding and mostly attacking the basket.
— Brian Graham
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