Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Riverview's Evan Lesnick, Leechburg's Miranda Reesman
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Sport: Track and Field
Report card: Lesnick tied the Riverview pole vault record with a height of 13 feet, 9 inches. The mark was good enough for second place at the Pine-Richland Invitational. He also competes in the high jump. He has qualified for the WPIAL championships on Thursday at Baldwin.
How did it feel to tie the school record for the pole vault?
A lot of hard work was put into it. It was rewarding.
Does the fear of your pole breaking while you vault ever cross your mind?
Yeah, it's hard to watch someone else break a pole. It's hard to get on the runway after that.
How important is the move down the runway before you plant your pole to vault?
The run is the most important part. If you're not confident before taking off, you'll lose control in the air and you'll miss the mat or knock the bar off.
Are you afraid of heights?
Actually, I am.
Talk about your offseason training for pole vaulting?
I work all through the winter at Westminster College every Sunday.
Report card: Reesman is one of the team leaders for playoff-bound Leechburg. She also plays center for the Pittsburgh Vipers girls' hockey team.
Coach Jim Oberdorf has worked with you on cutting down your swing. How much has your hitting improved?
I just started it probably last week. I think my biggest thing is keeping my eye on the ball. I haven't been able to work on it that much.
You're a good defensive player. How much pride do you take in playing shortstop?
I really enjoy playing shortstop because I play catcher all summer for my travel team. It's really a different position. I love playing it. It's great to play two positions and do it well.
What made you want to play hockey for Ford City?
I started out by playing roller hockey. When my brothers ended up playing for Ford City because Leechburg doesn't have a high school team, I wanted to get into it. I'm playing girls hockey now because it got too physical with the guys.
Will you continue to play hockey in the future?
I'm probably leaning towards this will be my last year because once I graduate, if anything I'll play softball in college. I enjoy playing hockey, but I don't think I'll play at the collegiate level.
Were boys intimidated when you played hockey because you're a girl?
A big part of the game in hockey is the physical aspect. The boys were afraid to hit me at first, and once they saw I wasn't afraid to hit them, they let loose.
— D.J. Vasil
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