A-K Valley athletes of the week: Deer Lakes’ Carson McCoy, Reese Hasley
Saturday, May 28, 2022 | 10:15 AM
School: Deer Lakes
Sport: Track and field
Report card: Carson McCoy found success at the PIAA track and field championships over the weekend, winning gold in the 1,600 and 800 meters. McCoy also won gold in the 1,600 and the 800 at the WPIAL championships earlier this month at Slippery Rock.
Who is your favorite athlete?
Who is your favorite sports team?
I’m a Browns fan. I just grew up on them. My parents were born and raised as one, and I didn’t really have much of a choice.
How did it feel to win the state title in back-to-back seasons?
It feels great. It definitely lifts a lot of pressure off of my chest, I guess, for the other events I have this weekend. It was nice to get the 4-by-4 (relay) qualified for finals, as well.
How much would you say that your teammates have meant to you for the past four years?
Just showing up to practice and just training every day would be so brutal without them.
What goes into your preparation?
I run about probably 45 miles a week. Having consistent training and staying injury-free are pretty much the two main keys.
What is your mindset like to help prepare for the endurance side of running?
My mindset going into a race is just to run and just trust my training. I don’t try to think too much going into the races. I just tell myself to run.
What was Friday’s race like?
I just hung around there for, like, 1,400 meters or so and then just started to make my move with about 150 to go.
Who has pushed you the hardest?
Definitely my dad. He’s just instilled hard work in me from a young age. Without him instilling that in me when I was super young, I probably wouldn’t be here.
School: Deer Lakes
Report card: Hasley went 3 for 4 in the WPIAL semifinals against South Allegheny, including the winning home run. Halsey holds a .458 batting average entering the team’s WPIAL championship game Wednesday against Avonworth at Cal (Pa.).
What is one thing you have to do before every game?
One thing I have to do is put on eye black. Our whole team puts on eye black. We think it just gives us that edge.
Who is your favorite athlete of all time?
I like Duke’s basketball team, so my favorite athlete was always Christian Laettner because there’s something about that bad-guy mentality.
How did it feel to hit that go-ahead home run in a clutch spot like that?
It was just awesome. That was my first home run ever, so to have that happen in a playoff game is just crazy to me. I’ve been working hard, and I’ve been getting up and trying to get that bat going and I got a good piece of it.
What went into that at-bat?
My coach just said “base hit,” so I just tried to get a base hit. As soon as I got ahold of that ball, it came in a little bit high and it was one of those pitches that were perfect. I got a great bat on it and it just flew, which is just awesome. As soon as I hit it, I just knew it was going.
How important have your teammates been throughout your high school career?
My teammates are my everything. The first steps to having a successful team or just being on a team, in general, is having connections and having relationships with your teammates on and off the field. This season, our relationships are just awesome, and every one of us brings something different to the plate.
Who has pushed you the hardest?
My dad for sure. He’s on the coaching staff. He’s an assistant coach on the team. It’s funny sometimes. He’s always on me. He’s pushing me and sometimes gets on me for some stupid things, and he’ll get on me for some good things, but when he gets on me for stupid things the girls all laugh at him sometimes, so we have some fun.
What does your family mean to you?
Family is No. 1 to me. They’ve always been my No. 1 supporter, and they’ve always been there for me. Even my extended family, my cousins graduated college and my other cousins and I are graduating high school this year. We went for, like, a graduation dinner, and they were just so happy for me and the team.
What was their reaction to your go-ahead home run?
We watched back the game on the broadcast and after I hit the home run, you can see my brother in the outfield. He jumps up and as soon as he jumps up, he sprints all the way across the fence and he grabs the ball.
Why did you decide to go to Grove City?
I chose Grove City because I just got a great feeling. I visited other schools that are looking at me for basketball, but Grove was just one that hit home. I just followed my heart with that one. I made that decision back in November, and I get more and more excited about it every single day. I’m gonna be continuing my basketball career, and I’ll be majoring in marketing.
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