Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Monessen's Clintell Gillaspie, Greensburg Central Catholic's Carolyn Appleby
Sport: Basketball, football
Claim to fame: Gillaspie scored 33 points to lead Monessen (1-3) to a 82-55 win against Westinghouse in the Mike Rettger Tournament at Franklin Regional on Dec. 11. On the gridiron, the running back finished the season with 1,118 yards rushing on 115 carries, while having 661 yards receiving on 28 receptions.
What are your college plans for next year?
I haven't decided yet but I'm for sure going to play football. I want to major in sports management because, after the NFL, I probably want to be an agent or something.
What are your goals this season as a team?
Our goal is in every game to cause turnovers. If we do that we will win WPIALs and win states.
What things can you bring from playing basketball to the football field and vice versa?
I think the different catches and the running helps you a lot. The technique I use in football I can use in basketball.
What gift are you asking for this Christmas?
I don't really ask for anything for Christmas. But if I was going to say anything I want my favorite school to offer me. My favorite school is TCU. I have liked them since eighth grade with the type of offense they run and they don't lose.
What do you want to be remembered for when you graduate?
I want to be remembered for being a hard working and intelligent person and student.
School: Greensburg Central Catholic
Claim to fame: Appleby scored 23 points to lead Greensburg Central Catholic (3-1) to a 57-54 win over Mt. Pleasant in nonsection action Dec. 10. Appleby scored 21 points to lead the Centurions to a 46-41 win over Mars in the Blackhawk Tournament on Dec. 6.
How much did those two losses in the playoffs to Seton-La Salle last season hurt?
Well, Seton is a very good team. But it kind of stunk to lose to them twice in the playoffs. But I think we can give them a good game this year because we would be very prepared I think.
What did you work on in the offseason?
I worked a lot on my shooting. I think it has improved this year. It has helped me a lot with my points.
How did you get involved in basketball?
I have been playing it since the third grade. Ever since then, I have fell in love with it and decided to continue to play.
What is your favorite movie of all time and why?
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” I like the first movie of the Hunger Games and this one was really good.
What is the gift you are asking for this Christmas?
I'm asking for an iPad.
— Andrew John