Daily News spotlight athletes: Elizabeth Forward’s George Prota, Thomas Jefferson’s Courtney Zoglmann
School: Elizabeth Forward
Claim to fame: Prota scored 17 points to help the Warriors (3-4, 1-2) to a 64-48 Section 4-AAA victory over Ringgold on Friday.
“George has done really well being double and triple-teamed most of the time,” coach Sam Kosanovich said. “He does a great job altering shots and rebounding for us. He has been our leader and has always been a go-to guy for us, even more so now because we look to get him the ball as much as we can. He’s just a great team player and is really coachable.”
What are your goals for this season?
The ultimate goal is to win a championship, but we’d also like to win a section title. I had an ankle injury over the summer so I want to show that I’m back ready to play and that the injury did not faze me.
What do you do before a game to get ready to play?
I listen to music, particularly old school rap like Biggie and Nas. Other than that I just stretch.
Do you feel that there is extra pressure on you to score or defend because of your height?
Maybe there is, maybe there isn’t but I don’t think there is. I feel like there would be more pressure on me in general if I didn’t play the sport.
Do you have a favorite player or team?
I’m from the Philadelphia area so my favorite team is the 76ers, but I don’t like to say that a lot. My favorite player is LeBron. He’s just the best player in the league.
What is your favorite food?
I would say my mom’s homemade macaroni and cheese. She’s made it for me since I was younger and it’s just so good.
School: Thomas Jefferson
Claim to fame: Zoglmann scored a team-high 19 points to help Thomas Jefferson (3-3, 1-2) to a 56-45 win over South Park in a Section 4-AAA clash last week.
“She has been consistently good,” coach Phil Shar said. “Every night she has played better. She has scored more points per game as well. She started out the year averaging 10-12 points per game and now I think she’s up to more than 15 per game. The biggest factor is she gets more confident every night, and that has been growing at a fast rate.”
What part of your game has improved over four years of playing?
I’ve been working hard on guard skills. When I was younger I was always the tallest so I usually played forward. I’ve been working on things like ball-handling and how to handle pressure from a smaller and quicker defender because I’m not as tall anymore.
Do you enjoy offense or defense more?
I like playing defense more. I hadn’t really been a scorer until recently, and I like how everyone works together and has to help each other on defense. I’ve always loved defense.
If you could choose one drill to never have to do again what would it be and why?
We have six hoops in our gym and we do a layup drill where you shoot a layup on each hoop. We do four sets on each side. It’s exhausting and really hard to do. I would pick that one.
What kind of team do you guys want to be?
We try to focus on working as a team. We don’t have a star that stands out so we need to work together to succeed. We need to have patience as well. When we get flustered we tend to turn the ball over.
What do you like to do outside of school and basketball?
Basketball takes up a lot of my time, but I like to spend time with my family and friends. I’ve gotten close to my sister (Haley) because of basketball so I like to hang out with her.
What are your plans for next year?
I’ve been talking to a few Division III schools about playing basketball: Penn State Behrend, Allegheny and Chatham. I will be majoring in engineering.
— Robert Stinner