Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Hampton's Collin Luther, North Allegheny's Danielle Wall
Claim to fame: Luther scored a game-high 26 points, but it was not enough, as the Talbots lost 57-55 in the PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinals at Bethel Park on Saturday. Luther scored 10 points and eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career as Hampton won 67-45 over McDowell in the second round March 13. Collin became the fourth Luther sibling to surpass 1,000 points, joining Ryan, Bill and Jodie in the illustrious group.
Are you able to sit back and look back at your high school career and be proud of what you accomplished despite how your season ended this year?
Yes definitely. I spent four years playing with some of my best friends. We made some deep runs. We aren't ready to say now, but we will look back and say we accomplished a bit.
How have you evolved as a player from your freshman year to now?
I think I just became a better leader and became more confident in myself. Each year, I tried to be more confident and let the game slow down.
How special is it for you to leave high school joining your three siblings with 1,000 points?
For me, it wasn't really a goal I set. I just wanted to focus on winning games. I realized that as a team if we were going to keep winning, I'd need to score. It's an honor, but I couldn't have done it without my teammates.
Where are you going to college?
Right now, I'm looking at Elon, Albany, Winthrop and Columbia.
Who wins in a game of one-on-one between you and Ryan?
The last time we played was some time last year. I think I won. Our whole team was there to watch, so you could probably ask them for the details.
School: North Allegheny
Claim to fame: Wall scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Tigers in a 73-47 rout of Hempfield in the PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinals at Gateway on March 14. Wall also is a standout volleyball player, earning all-section, all-WPIAL and first-team all-state honors during her senior campaign.
What did you do to score a career-high in the PIAA quarterfinals?
I think it was the adrenaline of the playoff game. The gym was crowded and everyone was cheering. I also think the fire from losing to them in WPIALs in my mind.
What are you focusing on doing to keep your season alive?
We talk about the other team and what they like to do. But we focus more on ourselves and how we want to play. If you don't focus on yourself, it's hard to play your best.
When you look back on your high school career, what moment will stand out most?
There are so many moments that will stand out. But the ones that will stand our most will be having an amazing season with this team. It will mostly be with the girls in the locker room or on the bus rides.
How difficult do you think it'll be next year when you are not playing for an organized team?
It'll definitely be rough. I will miss playing and competing.
What went into the decision of giving up on sports to focus on the academic side of college?
I don't think it was the profession specifically, it was a hard decision. But personally, I really want to focus on the academics that are coming up for me than the sports.
— Brian Graham