Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Norwin's Aaron Shaffer, Latrobe's Jenna Adams
Claim to fame: Shaffer, who has recorded 133 kills for the Knights, finished with 14 kills in a 3-1 win over Butler in the Class AAA quarterfinals May 15. Shaffer, a first-team all-section selection, defeated Fox Chapel on Tuesday to advance to the WPIAL finals.
“I have done pretty well this year,” Shaffer said. “We have great team chemistry. Our offense is pretty good. But all defense leads to offense.”
What are your plans for next year?
I plan to go to work. I'm not the type of kid who likes school. I was going to look for a job in the landscaping business.
What have you and the team been working on at practice?
We have been working a lot on blocking. We have been working a lot more on digs. We have lost points to a lot of garbage. We have been working a lot on picking up the garbage and serve and receive game.
Who is your role model and why?
My role model is my brother, Adam. He showed me the game and the basics. In ninth grade, I was at baseball practice and watching volleyball. I tried it out the next year and I loved it.
What do you want to be remembered for when you graduate?
The kid that doesn't show emotion in big moments. I always keep calm and stay in the game. I don't show too much emotion.
What would it be like to finish your career with a WPIAL title?
It would be great. In my sophomore year, I played a little varsity. We made it to the finals and while our coaches were handing out the medals, the coaches told the sophomores we wanted gold from your class in your senior year. All of us have been waiting for this moment.
Claim to fame: Adams drove in three runs to help lead No. 5 Latrobe (15-4) to an 8-1 win over No. 4 Seneca Valley (13-2) in the WPIAL quarterfinals May 13. Latrobe will face Canon-McMillan (17-3) Wednesday in the semifinals.
“Last week, it was pretty scary. But since some of the girls were on the team last year when we made it to the playoffs, it gave the girls more confidence but we were still nervous,” Adams said. “We just treat the playoff games as a regular game with a little bit more intensity.”
What is your mindset at the plate?
I guess when it comes to batting I need to step it up when the playoffs come. As usual, you progress as the season goes along. I gave myself more confidence when the day before I practiced my hitting with my dad.
Would you like to have a great play in the field or a game-winning hit?
It would have to be a game-winning hit. I have made so many good defensively plays in the field. It provides me more confidence when I'm scoring runs and getting RBIs.
Where do you gain the leadership qualities?
It comes from a lot of motivation from the girls and that everyone wants to succeed. We want to make it to the championship and the state playoffs. I like to be a leader because people look up to me and it gives everyone else the confidence.
What are your big summer vacation plans?
I'm probably just working and playing traveling softball. I want to continue to get better at softball so I could hopefully earn a scholarship in college.
What movie do you want to see in the theatre?
“The Fault in Our Stars.” I just got done reading the book, which is about a cancer patient. I'm all about sad movies and I can't wait until June 6 when it comes out.
— Andrew John