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By Robert Stinner and Andrew John
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, 1:46 a.m.

Dorian Broadwater

School: Steel Valley

Sport: Basketball

Year: Senior

Claim to fame: After returning from a knee injury, Broadwater scored 20 points in an 85-58 win over Belle Vernon on Friday. He added 15 in his return game against Ringgold earlier in the week and has helped Steel Valley (12-2, 7-2) keep pace with rivals Thomas Jefferson and Elizabeth Forward in Section 4-AAA.

“Dorian does a great job controlling the temp of the game,” said head coach Sean McCallister. “He has a lot of experience handling the ball, and he has been a floor leader for us. We wanted him to pick up his defensive effort and to help with rebounds more this year, and he has doing that for us very well this season.”

Was it hard being injured and having to watch from the sideline?

Yeah, it was difficult but I know how they can play. They picked it up, and I was really proud of them.

What would you say is your favorite high school basketball memory so far?

I would say scoring my first points as a freshman against Thomas Jefferson. I really can't explain that feeling.

Who are your favorite basketball team and player?

My favorite team is the Thunder and my favorite player is Kevin Durant. His game is just so smooth and he's unstoppable.

With 5 seconds left to play, would you rather have to score or defend a one-point lead?

I'd rather have to defend a lead because I think our team plays good defense, and I feel like we can shut down any team.

Do you have any plans for next year?

I definitely want to go to college but I'm not sure where I want to go yet. I'm undecided about a major as well. I definitely want to keep playing though.

If you could only eat one food, listen to one CD and read one book for the rest of your life, what would they be?

My food would be spaghetti because it's my favorite food and is always really good. The CD would be anything by Meek Mill because he's the best rapper out right now and is one of my favorites, and the book would be More Than a Game by LeBron James. It's a really good book, and I really like the story it tells.

— Robert Stinner

Alayna Gribble

School: Norwin

Sport: Basketball

Year: Sophomore

Claim to fame: Gribble scored 17 points to lead Norwin (11-5, 9-1) to a 64-26 win over Connellsville in Section 1-AAAA action on Jan. 23. Gribble continued her week with 17 points in a 65-35 win over Laurel Highlands on Jan. 24. In late December, Gribble scored a season-high 32 points in a 67-38 win over McKeesport.

“I have been trying my best. I have been playing all right,” Gribble said. “I'd say I'm trying to go into each game trying my hardest and to help the team win.”

What makes your feel better, a big scoring output or a double-double?

I like having a double-double more. I'd like to still get rebounds and help my team by passing. I just want to help my team out more in any way possible.

Who has been the biggest influence in your life?

My parents. They just support me and encourage me to be better. They take me to my practices and got me personal trainers.

How do you keep yourself motivated and improving as a basketball player?

I just looked up to certain players that had so much success like professional players. I just want to go out and be my best and work hard to succeed.

Who do you look forward to facing each year?

We look forward to Penn-Trafford and Hempfield. They are our biggest rival and toughest to beat. We have big crowds at the gym, and the excitement level is really high for those games.

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I would like to travel to Germany. I take German in school. I would like to play overseas in Germany. That would be really neat to play and speak the language.

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