Butler County spotlight athletes: Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
Claim to fame: Carmody caught two touchdown passes in Mars’ 28-13 loss to Thomas Jefferson in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals
It was a tough loss to Thomas Jefferson. Your team had some turnovers, but TJ is just a really good team, right?
Their running back (Austin Kemp) is so good. He is hard to tackle. He runs hard every play. Turnovers happen. There’s nothing you can really do about it.
After starting the year 1-2, your team had to make a strong run to get into the postseason. What was the key to that push?
Our seniors really started to play well. They understood their high school careers could be over if we didn’t get into the playoffs. They took control of the team and made everyone work harder every practice and play harder in every game.
As a freshman, you got a lot of experience on both sides of the ball. How much do you think it’ll help you for next season?
Hopefully, it can help me a lot. I hope to make a lot more plays for our team next year. I was just happy to get an opportunity as a freshman to play.
Mars loses a lot of talented seniors, but how do you think the team will be next year?
I think we can be just as good. I think we have some great running backs coming back in Isaiah Johnson, Eli Brooks and John Conley. We have good linemen back and a lot of good defenders.
School: Seneca Valley
Claim to fame: Martini helped Seneca Valley reach the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals and PIAA quarterfinals.
Your team had another great run this season. Were you surprised you got that far with so many young players?
At the beginning of the season, I didn’t expect to make it this far. I was just hoping to go out with a winning season since we graduated so many girls from the year before. The younger girls stepped it up this year. I am so proud of what they were able to accomplish.
Baldwin beat you in the WPIAL tournament as well as the PIAA tournament. Both matches were close, but how frustrating was it to lose to them twice?
It was tough to lose to them again. They are a very good team, though.
Seneca Valley took some pretty big steps pretty quickly this year. Did that surprise you?
The juniors came up very big. A lot of them got so much better over club season. They filled the roles from the seven seniors who graduated. Bre Damiani came in and was outstanding at libero. I never saw her play as well as she did this year.
What are you future plans?
I am hoping to go on and play in college. I am still trying to work all of that out. I want to be a neurologist or a neurosurgeon. I am going to major in biology and continue on to medical school.