Daily News spotlight athletes: Thomas Jefferson's Zach Talley, Serra's Leslie Hoye
By Robert Stinner
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, 5:45 p.m.
School: Thomas Jefferson
Claim to fame: Talley scored 20 points, including three 3-pointers, in a 59-58 victory over St. Stephen's Episcopal (Texas) in the KSA Classic in Orlando, Fla.
“Zach's a great kid,” coach Dom DeCicco said. “He's a two-year starter with a lot of experience and knows what we're trying to do. He's been a real leader for us. He's been hitting key shots and has been shooting better than I've ever seen him. He's really been working on his defense and as he gets better I think he's going to be one of the better players in our section.”
What are your goals for this season?
As a team, we set some goals before the season. We want to repeat what we did last year (go undefeated in Section 4-AAA). Personally, I want to make all-section and as a point guard just lead the team.
If you could play any basketball player one-on-one, who would you pick and why?
I think Michael Jordan because everyone knows he's the best player to ever play the game. I mean it's Michael Jordan, who wouldn't want to play him? He had great fundamentals. He wasn't just a great athlete, he was very fundamental as well.
Are you more comfortable running an offense or playing defense?
I would say, normally, I'm more comfortable running an offense just because I like pressure. I'd rather play against a full-court pressure team than just sit in the back. I've just always felt more comfortable running an offense. I feel more comfortable knowing what's going to happen.
Who has been the toughest team you've played this year?
I'd say it was probably Fleetwood. They're from Pa., and we played them down in Disney. They had really good guards, and they were really tall.
What are your plans for next year?
Right now, I'm not positive but I'm really trying to play basketball somewhere. I've talked to Mt. Union about football, but I'd rather play basketball.
School: Serra Catholic
Claim to fame: Hoye scored a game-high 21 points to help the Eagles cruise past Carrick last week in a huge 84-41 win over Carrick.
“Leslie is a very talented athlete,” coach Bill Cleary said. “She has a very good skill set in that she is quick and has really improved her ball-handling. She has become a force on both sides of the floor. She anticipates well and can get into the passing lanes and helps us get down the court well. She is a gym rat and puts in a lot of work.”
Are you satisfied with how the team has played?
I feel like we are a strong team and that we will pull back from the loss to Vincentian. We just have to work together like we always do and we'll be good.
How do you prepare for games?
Personally, I shoot for like an hour before the game. I come early, and just shoot and I listen to music and watch the JV team.
What kind of music do you like to listen to?
I like Usher and R. Kelly. I listen to “Ignition” because that's the song for our team.
What do you like to do outside of school and basketball?
I like to hang out with the team mostly. I like team bonding and hanging out with my family and boyfriend.
What are your plans for college?
As of right now, my plans aren't really set in stone, but I plan to play in college. I'm going to go in undecided.
— Robert Stinner
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.
- Garden Q&A: Firecracker vine OK for trellis?
- Meat prices drain barbecue budgets
- Starkey: Penguins’ arrogance astounding
- Matt Calvert’s goal in double OT evens series for Blue Jackets
- NFL notebook: Pryor will be cut if he’s not traded
- Penguins’ Gibbons scores twice but leaves with apparent injury
- Pair of Braun homers spells defeat for Pirates
- One dead, one wounded in shooting at Chartiers party
- North Versailles, Murrysville families still waiting for report on 2011 chopper crash that killed couple
- Draftees’ longevity key for NFL success
- Biertempfel: Kendall’s book offers inside look at life in majors