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Alle-Kiski spotlight athletes: Ryan Kennedy and Emily Robson

| Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

Ryan Kennedy

School: Kiski Area

Class: Senior

Sports: Soccer, cross country

Claim to fame: Strong defensive captain has led soccer team to first place in Section 1-AAA. Kennedy also has notched a school-record time (16:23) for the cross country team.

How did it feel to score on a penalty kick against Connellsville? It feels good to get a goal, because playing defense, you don't get much opportunity. Offensive players always get the headlines, but my strength is on the defensive side, and we have some great offensive players, so it is the best thing for the team. It was nice of Austin Lange because he's chasing the single-season scoring record, and he gave the shot to me.

What if soccer costs you a chance to qualify for the PIAA cross country meet? Well, there's a chance I can run in the WPIAL meet, but it's not certain. I get runs in almost every day we don't have a game, and sometimes at 9 p.m., I'm on the treadmill. I'm planning on running cross country in college, so it will be a disappointment if I don't run at WPIALs. I understand that playing soccer is taking away from that but really felt like this was our year to do something.

Emily Robson

School: Valley

Class: Junior

Sport: Tennis

Claim to fame: Along with Courtney Brennan, Robson captured the Section 4-AA doubles title Friday.

What was it like to defeat teammates Darya Snoznik and Kelly Vaughn for the section title? Honestly, as soon as we stepped on the court, we were all smiles the whole way through and really just had fun during that match. Our main goal at the beginning was to have all of us make it (into the finals), and we knew nobody would take losing too hard. We came off the court, hugged and smiled and took pictures.

What is your chemistry like with Courtney Brennan? Me and Courtney have been friends all through middle school until now, and we play the same and complement each other well. We work great together. We're all business, but there's never any arguing. If one of us is off, the other picks up the slack. If I double-fault, she encourages me and helps me mentally get back on track.

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