Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Cornell's Dane Jackson, Blackhawk's Chassidy Omogrosso
Claim to fame: Jackson went 14 of 14 from the foul line and scored a game-high 39 points to lead Cornell to a 75-71 nonsection win over Sewickley Academy on Dec. 17. Jackson led Cornell with 32 points in a 48-45 loss against Fort Cherry in a nonsection game Dec. 19.
What's the secret to being perfect at the free throw line?
I just knew they were going to be clutch free throws, so I just stayed focused because I knew I'd have to come through for my team.
How have you evolved as a player since your freshman year?
I've gotten a lot more aggressive at taking the ball to the hoop. I'm starting to contribute more for my team.
What is the best aspect of your game?
Definitely my ability to take the ball to the hoop. I'm not a big shooter. When I need to shoot the ball I can, so I'm really working on developing a jump shot.
Have colleges reached out to you yet?
Temple and Boston College are the two I've been in contact with for football. I'll probably play football because I just feel like I've gotten better as a football player than a basketball player. Football is in my blood. I've just loved it since I was younger.
Claim to fame: Omogrosso scored 33 points for Blackhawk in its 71-44 victory over Hopewell in Section 2-AAA play Dec. 19. Omogrosso, a Duquesne recruit, scored 17 points in a 63-40 win over Mercyhurst Prep in a nonsection game Dec. 21. She also had 15 points for the Cougars in their 73-29 win over Montour on Dec. 12.
Rate how you've played to this point in the season?
As a team, we've been playing well since we're undefeated so far. I'm just happy that we're winning and taking it game by game.
Can we expect Blackhawk to continue its dominance into the new year?
Yes, I hope so. We should be able to as long as we stay focused. I think we're going to have to play together and with our experience, we know how one another plays. We have to play good defense and everything should come together.
What are you most looking forward to about playing at Duquesne?
I'm looking forward to starting my college career. The coaches are awesome, I'm excited to play for them. I'm excited to play at a higher level. I'm blessed to have that opportunity.
Do you have a major in mind?
I'm not sure, I'm still undecided. I wanted to maybe get into the medical field or law school. It's between one of those.
— Brian Graham