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Alle-Kiski spotlight athletes: Zach Barker and Mary Andrejko |

Alle-Kiski spotlight athletes: Zach Barker and Mary Andrejko

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Wednesday, December 22, 2010 12:00 a.m

Zach Barker

Class: Senior

School: Kiski Area

Sport: Basketball

Claim to fame: Shooting guard scored a career-high 40 points while eclipsing 1,000 career points Friday against Albert Gallatin.

Barker is averaging 22.8 points per game.

On comparing notes with his dad, who also played basketball for Kiski Area: “There’s no pressure from him. My uncle played basketball at Kiski, too, and it’s good to have family involved. They’re there for you, and they know what they’re talking about. We joke around all the time that they weren’t as complete (a player) as I am.”

On Kiski Area not sneaking up on anyone this year: “I like it. People know who we are, and there’s more of a respect level now. It is (more difficult), but still you have to do what you have to do. It’s always fun to have that so-called upset, but in the long run, you go in with the same mindset to play your hardest and win the game.”

Mary Andrejko

Class: Junior

School: Riverview

Sport: Basketball

Claim to Fame: Versatile guard is averaging 24.6 points per game, including a pair of 30-plus point games for the 4-1 Raiders.

On how Riverview will fare against section powerhouses North Catholic and Vincentian: “I think we’ll do well. We’ve had a lot of exhibition games against bigger teams that our coach (Keith Stitt) set up, and we’ve been hanging with them. I’ve been playing with this same group of girls since kindergarten, and we’re closely knit. Nobody is greedy, and we click well.

On struggling with free-throw shooting this season (31 of 60): “There was one bad game where I made just four out of 17, and I could’ve had a school record for points if I’d have done better. When I was in seventh and eighth grade, (free-throw shooting) was my best thing, and I couldn’t do anything else. I am a little frustrated with it, but I can’t let it get to me. I can only work on it. And as long as we’re winning and I can make up for it in other ways, it’s all right.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review local sports editor. You can contact Bill at 724-224-2696, or via Twitter .

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