Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Scott Ventura and Brooke Zukowski
TribLIVE Sports Videos
School: Deer Lakes
Report card: Ventura quietly has been one of the most productive scorers in the Valley this season, averaging 15.1 points for the Lancers. He scored a career-high 29 points and hit a 3-pointer as time expired to beat Burrell on Jan. 30. He also starts at third base for the baseball team.
What went through your head when you hit the game-winner against Burrell on the same night you scored your career high?
It was crazy that we got a clean shot. Our coach drew up such a good play, and everyone executed it well. I got a good enough look, and it was good enough to go in.
You apparently know a lot about sports. Not just about present, but the past as well?
I just find all historical sports interesting. I've always loved watching sports. If I see an old Celtics and Lakers game on TV, I'll watch it. I love that stuff.
Since you're only a junior, you have one more year of basketball left. What area of your game are you going to work on the most during the offseason?
I honestly want to be a little more consistent in scoring the basketball. I want to become a better defender. There's so much to work on, and that's the beauty of the game that I have one more year left to work on things.
Report card: Zukowski has qualified for 10 WPIAL events in her first year of varsity swimming. She also competes on the Fox Chapel Killer Whales club team and runs on the cross country team.
You've had a lot of success this season in multiple events. How will you translate that success into the postseason?
It was good to have that success. It helped get my confidence up. Whatever happens, happens.
Have you decided what events you will swim at the WPIAL Championships?
I will be swimming the 200-yard IM and the 100 breaststroke.
Why did you decide to join the Fox Chapel club team?
It just seemed like it was the closest team to my house that has the best coaching. It's also for training purposes.
How do you make time for your school work with such a busy schedule swimming wise?
I do a lot of homework in the car, and I stay up a lot late at night.
You also run cross country. How do you think that helps you for swimming?
It definitely helps me. It helps keep my legs in shape and my core.
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.
- Meteor lights up night sky above eastern U.S.
- Pirates analyst Kent Tekulve recovering after heart transplant
- Dorfman: Pluses and minuses in America’s 20 largest stocks
- New approach on offense has Pirates in playoff contention this season
- Pitt football coach Chryst refutes analyst Wannstedt’s opinion
- Classical music crisis: Author says schools today aren’t building audiences
- Steelers veteran defenders want young teammates to step up
- Wheel separation incidents occasionally prove deadly; NTSB doesn’t track them
- Fracking not the problem, Ohio State scientist finds
- Pa. Education Department attempts to block release of emails to Tomalis
- Kittanning high school roundup: Freeport volleyball topples North Allegheny