Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Sewickley Academy’s Tommy Lasorda, GCC’s Megan Stunja
School: Sewickley Academy
Claim to fame: Lasorda, an outside midfielder, played a key role in the Sewickley Academy boys soccer team’s runner-up finish in both the WPIAL and PIAA Class A playoffs. Lasorda, who scored a pair of goals in the Panthers’ first-round PIAA victory, shares a name with his great uncle, a National Baseball Hall-of-Famer and former Los Angeles Dodgers manager.
Despite the two championship game losses, was your team’s postseason run still fulfilling?
I believe it was pretty fulfilling, at least for the (PIAA) semifinals to get back to Hershey.
Losing just one senior, how eager are you to get back on the field next season?
Realizing that we can make it to Hershey this year, we’re really eager next year to hopefully win. We’re already looking forward to that, to getting back to the WPIAL final game and back to the state championship game. We’re already setting goals for next season. We’re really excited because we know if we can make it this year with one senior, how far we can make it next year.
Do you take pride in sharing a name with your great uncle?
I do, but at the same time it’s also a lot of pressure to live up to that name. … It’s always hard to fulfill people’s expectations, but I believe I can do that.
Do you have any funny stories from sharing a name with such a well known sports figure?
He always says, ‘Wow, you have a really good name to live up to.’ I always laugh when he says it; it’s his little phrase to me every time he sees me.
A right fielder on the baseball team, you’re coming off a season that saw Sewickley Academy advance farther than any team in school history. What are your goals for the team this spring?
After last year we came one game short of the WPIAL championship game so I’m going to have to say it’s to make it to the WPIAL championship.
Sewickley Academy’s fall sports teams claimed four titles this year, along with your team finishing second. Was that cool to be a part of all that success?
It really was.. … We were looking for the fifth but we came up a little bit short. It was crazy to see all of our teams representing our school, and everything we accomplished this year was just amazing.
School: Greensburg Central Catholic
Claim to fame: Stunja finished with 10 kills to aid Greensburg Central Catholic to a 3-2 win over Marian Catholic in the PIAA Class A final Saturday.
“Overall, our entire team was pushing to have the best season possible. We have a lot of seniors on our team this year. We wanted it to be a good senior year for us,” Stunja said. “We knew no matter we were going to give it our all. During the season, we were known as a comeback team. I’m ecstatic to go out in that way in my senior year.”
What are your college plans for next year?
I’m looking at West Virginia and Penn State. I’m the youngest of six children in my family. The oldest three went to Penn State and the younger two went to West Virginia. I’m a deciding factor to see if it gets equaled out or we favor one side. I want to major in the medical field because that is my interest.
How does it feel to be part of the first team in school history to win a state title?
To make history for our school and bring home the win is the best feeling I have experienced in my life. It still so surreal and it’s hard to put into words. I’m very proud of my teammates.
How was the team able to constantly come back in matches?
We are always hard on each other and we encourage each other. We know what we expect from each other is very high. When we are down on situations we always stay on each other. It has definitely helped us during games. We wanted to win no matter what.
How does volleyball help with basketball?
The jumping helps. I’m a forward in basketball so the jumping in volleyball definitely helps me. I also have learned how to be quick on my feet and learned to be quick with passes and aware of the court. It helps in a lot of different ways.
— Andrew John