Westmoreland athletes of the week: GCC’s Tyler White, Hempfield’s Michelle Burns
School: Greensburg Central Catholic
Claim to fame: White, who is averaging 13.5 points, scored 30 to lead Greensburg Central Catholic (18-1, 10-0) to a 82-65 win over Summit Academy in Section 2-AA action Jan. 26. White added 21 points in an 83-58 win over Apollo-Ridge on Jan. 29.
“We got a great group of guys,” White said. “Everyone is selfless. We are rooting for each other. It’s awesome.”
What are your college plans for next season?
I’m attending Penn State for academics. I’m currently undecided, but I want to major in business and minor music technology. I like talking to people, and I like music.
What is your biggest improvement this year?
We have a couple new starters and new faces. We have developed a good chemistry, and we know where each other will be on the court.
What is your favorite instrument to play?
Guitar. It’s just easy to play, and I play a lot of songs people know. I have a couple family members who play, and it’s good to get together and play.
When did you pick up your first instrument?
Four or 5 years old. My grandma had a piano, and I would start smashing the keys.
What is your favorite song to play?
“Dust in the Wind” by Kansas. It’s something my dad would like.
Claim to fame: Burns, who is averaging 20.2 points, scored 22 to lead Hempfield (12-5, 8-2) to a 53-40 win over Connellsville in Section 1-AAAA on Jan. 25. Burns, missed significant time earlier this season with a hip injury, added 18 points in a 72-13 win over Albert Gallatin on Jan. 28.
“In the beginning of the season, I was hurt and it fueled my fire to get back to help my teammates and to get me back to where I was,” Burns said.
What did you learn while you were sitting out with a hip injury?
I thought it was worst thing that could have happened to me. Taylor Hoffman tore her ACL and showed me I could get back with it. The two-month period ended up not being bad.
What is it like to play alongside Aubree Halusic?
Aubree and I have been best friends since elementary school. Everyone else on the team has contributed. I’m proud of what she has been able to do to be successful.
What was involved with your rehab?
Rest pretty much. I couldn’t run or anything. I could go on the bike and shoot a little bit.
How was your first game back against Latrobe?
I was really nervous being back, and my teammates helped me through it. It was a good feeling, and it went really well.
What’s the teams approach for the remainder of the season?
We are kind of taking each game one game at a time. We aren’t rushing into any game. It doesn’t go our way if we prepare too much, but we don’t prepare too little. We take it one game at a time and learn from each one.
— Andrew John