Greensburg high school athletes of the week: Ligonier Valley's Jordan Jones, Norwin's Kathryn Painter
School: Ligonier Valley
Claim to fame: Jones, a three-sport athlete, scored 15 points to lead Ligonier Valley (12-7, 11-3) to a 57-44 win over United on Feb. 5. He also eclipsed 1,000 points for his career. Jones, who is averaging 16.6 points and 8.3 rebounds, finished with 12 points in a 57-40 win over Northern Cambria.
“I think it's a great accomplishment the school and the team can take credit for because I couldn't have done it without my teammates,” Jones said.
What does the team need to do down the stretch leading into the postseason?
We need to do a few things to touch up our game, and we need to stay healthy.
What has been the key to the team's success this year?
I would probably say our teamwork and how well we get along with each other. We are all friends off the court. We see each other in the halls and we say hi and everything. I think all of us being friends is helpful on the court too.
What has been the main message from the coaching staff this year?
Coach has been preaching that teamwork is going to help us win games. We have never lost sight of that in spite of all the attention with me trying to get 1,000 points.
What is your favorite movie?
One of my favorite movies growing up was the “Jurassic Park” series. I honestly love watching the movies, and I loved dinosaurs when I was growing up.
How would you describe your style of play?
Physical post player but I can step away from the hoop and shoot a jump shot if needed. I can also bring the ball up on the press.
Claim to fame: Painter, a Kentucky recruit, broke her own records in the 200-yard IM (2:03.97) and 500-yard freestyle at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association meet at Derry on Feb. 1. Painter was part of the 200-yard medley relay team (1:50.01), which placed first, and took second as part of the 400-yard freestyle relay team (3:39.45).
“It was great because it shows where I am compared to last year at this time. It really gave me confidence that I can really have a great season like I did last year,” Painter said.
What do you need to work on as you approach your collegiate career?
I really think once I get to Kentucky, I will start training a little bit harder. It's going to be more focused on actual technique. My training level is going to increase. Once I get there I need to work with the coaches to improve myself in the pool.
Last year you finished as the PIAA runner-up. What will it take to win gold?
I need to keep working hard at practice. I can't worry about anyone else but my own race. I just need to do the strokes that I do best with and keep up with the good technique that I have been practicing.
Who is your favorite athlete?
Natalie Coughlin. I just love to watch the Olympics, and whenever I see her swim I think I could do the same thing.
Who do you like to follow on social media?
I keep tabs on the swimming world in college. I like to see how people place at NCAA.
Where is your favorite place to shop?
I love Pier 1. I like to walk around there because it's different all the time. It's all sparkly and has a lot of handmade stuff.
— Andrew John