Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Ambridge's Aaron Mueller, TJ's Kyla Prickett
Claim to fame: Mueller was a factor in the Bridgers' victories over Cochranton, 3-0, in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals on May 31 and against Derry in the WPIAL Class AA championships, 3-0, on May 22. Mueller — a two-time first-team All-WPIAL and all-section selection at setter — amassed 1,222 assists, good for a 9.9 assists-per-game average.
How gratifying was it to win one more WPIAL title in your senior year?
It is awesome. All the seniors, it's always been our goal. Really though, we want to go on and win a state title.
What do the Bridgers have to do to make a run at a state title?
We just need to execute our game plan and have good solid games. At practice, we just have to work hard and take it a game at a time.
What are your plans for college?
I'm going to attend Penn State Behrend and hopefully play for their volleyball team. I'm going to study engineering.
What are you going to do to improve your game for college?
The first thing is really work on my jumping. Secondly, I just want to work on being a team player and work hard like everyone else will.
What will stand out about your high school career?
The awesome friends I've made, especially on the volleyball team. We're basically a family. We're always doing stuff together.
School: Thomas Jefferson
Claim to fame: Prickett had a two-run home run and added an insurance run late to help the Jaguars win the WPIAL Class AAA softball championship, 5-3, over Mars in nine innings at Lilley Field in California on May 20. She also went 2 for 3 in an 8-3 over Bellefonte in the first round of the PIAA playoffs at Baldwin on Monday.
How special was it to have a breakout game in the biggest game of the year to date?
Honestly, it was probably one of the best moments of my life. To be there with my teammates and everyone I love, in that atmosphere, it was just awesome.
How nerve-wracking was it to go into extra innings?
We were all worried. In the back of our minds, we knew we'd pull it out and win.
What are your plans after high school?
I'm going to play for CCAC-South. I'll go there for two years and get my associates degree and hopefully play at Penn State. I am getting my degree in biology. I want to be a vet.
What are you hoping to accomplish on the softball field?
I'm just hoping to enjoy myself while going to college, but also increase my batting average as my years go on. I hope to be one of the top players on the team. I'm really going to push myself.
When you look back on your career, what will stand out most?
Basically, everything from this year and Disney from my sophomore year. It was just incredible to be here for this whole ride this year. I don't think I can pick one moment though.
— Brian Graham