WPIAL Week 13 Spotlight Players

KDKA/AHN High School Game of the Week
KDKA/AHN High School Game of the Week Photo credit KDKA Radio

Jordan Mayer - 2023 - Thomas Jefferson High School - @Jordanmayer33

How would your coaches and teammates describe you?

My coaches and teammates would describe me as a hardworking humble guy that’s down to earth and funny.

What makes you a good player? What are the strengthens in your game?

What makes me a great football player is my  effort! I make lots of plays just based on pure effort! My strengths would definitely have to be my physicality,  and especially first step off the ball.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of sports?

I like to lift, play pick up basketball, ski.

What is the toughest classes on your schedule this semester?

Stats

Is there a coach that you look up to as a role model and why?

Bill Cherpak because he has done so much for me and has built me into the young man I am today. Without him coaching me I would not be in the position I am in today. He has the goat mentality I look up to. The amount of time and dedication he spends to make our program  successful is insane! He has pushed me to the extreme and has gotten me better by testing me and pushing me to my limits!

Rank the top five priorities currently in your life.

1.) Football

2.) School

3.) Family

4.) Lifting

5.) Friends

Do you have any secret talent?

No

What does your daily routine look like?

Daily routine (Get up, shower, brush my teeth, eat breakfast, go to school, go to practice after, lift, come home, eat, shower, bed

What are your preferred pre-game locker room routines?

My favorite song is Halloween Theme Michael Myers

What is your favorite song or musician to listen to before games?

Favorite artist Eminem

Who has the best Pizza in Western, PA?

Fioris Pizza

Who has the best chicken wings in Western, PA?

Big shot bobs house

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In the NFL

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?

Nate farrison

Who is the funniest player on your team?

Bryce Heller

Derek Burk - 2024 - Deer Lakes High School - @DerekBurk_

How would your coaches and teammates describe you?

Hard working, leader, laid back, and coachable.

What makes you a good player? What are the strengthens in your game?

My strengths are my arm strength and ability to read coverages. Also my ability to move in the pocket and break tackles when I decide to run.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of sports?

Hangout with my friends.

What is the toughest classes on your schedule this semester?

Ap government or Honors Anatomy.

Is there a coach that you look up to as a role model and why?

I would say my dad because he is my father, he’s played the position at a good level, and how he always puts people in need first.

Rank the top five priorities currently in your life.

Family, God, friends, school, sports

Do you have any secret talent?

No

What does your daily routine look like?

Wake up, go to school, lift for 2 hours, go basketball, then go home and repeat.

What are your preferred pre-game locker room routines?

I like to be by myself alot and think about the game plan and get my mind right.

What is your favorite song or musician to listen to before games?

I would like to listen to metal. Like metallica and slipknot.

Who has the best Pizza in Western, PA?

Caliente

Who has the best chicken wings in Western, PA?

Big shot Bobs

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I see myself with a degree from some college for sports therapy and with a family.

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?

I would say Conner Walker because he isn’t very big but he is a very talented player at corner who locks everyone down.

Who is the funniest player on your team?

Easily Nick Cristillo and Nick rossi those two combined can always make anyone laugh at anytime.

Ty Tamborino - 2023 - Seton LaSalle High School - @ty_tambo

How would your coaches and teammates describe you?

I feel like my coaches and teammates would describe me as a hard-working and team first player. I always gave 100% and encouraged my younger teammates.

What makes you a good player? What are the strengthens in your game?

I would say my ability to play multiple positions on the field is what really makes me a good player. I am a fast learner and I’m able to pick them up quickly and I have confidence playing them.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of sports?

Outside of sports, I enjoy just spending time with family and friends.

What is the toughest classes on your schedule this semester?

The toughest classes on my schedule this semester are for sure Physics and Trig and Pre-Calc.

Is there a coach that you look up to as a role model and why?

Coaches that I’ve had and looked up to are Coach Storino and Coach R because they are both very passionate people and care a lot for the people they love.

Rank the top five priorities currently in your life.

1. School

2. Football

3. Family

4. Physical health

5. Mental health

Do you have any secret talent?

No I do not

What does your daily routine look like?

Wake up - School - practice - home - eat - Study - Sleep

What are your preferred pre-game locker room routines?

I like to sit by myself and just get locked in before a game. I listen to a playlist from my phone and wait till it’s time to go out.

What is your favorite song or musician to listen to before games?

I always listen to Meek Mill, Kanye, and Lil Durk on game days in the locker room.

Who has the best Pizza in Western, PA?

Fiori’s has the best pizza in Western PA and it is not even close.

Who has the best chicken wings in Western, PA?

I’m not a huge wing guy but the best I’ve had are from 51 Wings.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years I see myself doing something I love and enjoying my daily life while maintaining healthy habits.

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?

The most underrated player on my team is O’Malley Daly. He has gotten some buzz around his name but not nearly enough for how good he is.

Who is the funniest player on your team?

The funniest Player on my team is Aiden McKenzie. No matter what he always finds a way to get kids laughing and there is never a full moment with him.

Rico Steele - 2024 - West Mifflin High School - @RicoSteele_

How would your coaches and teammates describe you?

My teammates would describe me as a leader and a hard worker

What makes you a good player? What are the strengthens in your game?

What makes me good as a player is the level of physicality I play with which is my biggest strength.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of sports?

My hobbies outside of sports are fishing and music

What is the toughest classes on your schedule this semester?

My toughest class is definitely physics

Is there a coach that you look up to as a role model and why?

The coach i view as a role model is my head coach because not only is he my dad but he is also the most dedicated coach I’ve ever seen, he spends probably 8-10 hours a day watching film during the season and is always willing to make sacrifices for his players.

Rank the top five priorities currently in your life.

My top 5 priorities are to build my relationship with god - finish high school with good grades - earn a scholarship - get a college degree - and to be the best lineman in the state

Do you have any secret talent?

My secret talent is I can play guitar

What does your daily routine look like?

My daily routine consists of going to school then either going to practice or going to one of my trainers then I like to spend the remainder of my day doing homework or things with my family

What are your preferred pre-game locker room routines?

My pregame locker room routine is to get together with all the other linemen and our line coach then I always drink a bottle of pedialyte and put my headphones on

What is your favorite song or musician to listen to before games?

My favorite people to listen to before a game are metallica or jimmy wopo depends on how I’m feeling

Who has the best Pizza in Western, PA?

The best pizza is fioris

Who has the best chicken wings in Western, PA?

Best chicken wings are Cupkas on the south side

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years I hope to be either still playing football or coaching it

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?

The most underrated player on our team is shai newby, he was unable to play his junior year then halfway thru senior year got moved to QB and completely changed our offense and was a big leader for us

Who is the funniest player on your team?

The funniest player on our team is Braeden Walker

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