Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Norwin's Curtis Perz, Derry's Allison Brownlee
Claim to fame:Perz scorded 20 points to lead Norwin (11-8, 5-5), who is battling for third place in section, to a 66-58 win over Latrobe in Section 1-AAAA action on Jan. 24. He added 10 points in a 65-25 section win over Albert Gallatin on Jan. 31.
“I feel like I have played all right. I have been inconsistent this season,” Perz said. “I have been able to get to the hoop and draw more contact so I can get to the free-throw line. I have been streaky with my shots, but whenever I have an open look I try to capitalize as much as I can.”
What has been the biggest difference between this year's team and last year's?
Obviously, Matt (Stewart) and Nick (Idele) graduating have been big losses for us. We had to step up as a team. We had to work more to get rebounds and we knew we needed to score more. We needed to be more confident with our shots. A lot of kids have stepped up and are putting the ball in the hoop.
What has been a big win for you guys this season?
It would be the win on the road over Connellsville. Our playoff hopes were pretty much down the drain if we lost. We were down 12 points in the first quarter and then we managed to win by 10. That win really turned us around as we had a seven-game winning streak until Hempfield beat us.
What do you need to do to get into the playoffs?
Everyone needs to play to our strengths. When we go outside our individual strengths we struggle. We need to play our offense the way we can do it best.
What was your favorite Super Bowl moment?
My favorite Super Bowl moment is when the undefeated Patriots made it to the Super Bowl and the Giants were able to beat them. It was a great game for them.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I would like to go somewhere in Europe like Spain. I would like to see how European basketball is played. I want to see the professional Spanish League or high school ball and compare it to how it is played over here.
Claim to fame: Brownlee, who trains with the Pitt Aquatic Club USA diving team, finished first in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association diving championship with a score of 445.30 over teammate Morgan Elrick (390) on Jan. 31. Brownlee also finished third in the 200 freestyle, third in the 200 freestyle relay and fifth in the medley relay.
“It was really exciting since I'm a freshman,” Brownlee said. “I'm really happy because I really wanted it and my family wanted it, too.”
How is it to have someone like Elrick on your team?
There is a lot of competition between us. I really like it because it pushes us harder and helps us achieve goals that we really want.
How do you balance diving and swimming?
I make a set schedule at the beginning of the week when I swim and dive. I have two practices where I swim and dive. If I didn't do it, I don't know what I really would be doing.
With all this early success, how are you going to pushing yourself to get better?
I just think of what I want to do with swimming and diving. I want to do swimming and diving in college so I want to get better and try to do that.
Which sport do you like more?
Right now, I'm more interesting in diving. I have achieved more in diving but I'd love to swim in college. I'm kind of torn between the two of them.
How is it to have your mom, Trish, as your diving coach?
I really like it because she supports me a lot. She was a diver in college at Pitt so she has an opinion on what I need to do and really pushes me a lot.