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Athlete of The Week Dom Joseph/New Castle ~ Loui Hall/ Albert Gallatin

Thursday, January 31, 2002

By Mike White and Paul Zeise, Post-Gazette Sports Writers

Dom Joseph

SCHOOL: New Castle.

WHO IS HE? A 6-foot-2 senior forward and leading scorer for the Hurricanes' undefeated basketball team.

THE PAST WEEK: Joseph had 21 points in a 65-57 victory against North Hills Friday and 14 points in a 75-40 victory against Shaler Tuesday.

SEASON: Joseph leads New Castle in scoring with an 18.0 average. He also averages five rebounds and three steals a game. The Hurricanes are 21-0 and the Post-Gazette's No. 2-ranked WPIAL Class AAAA team.

ONE OF THE FEW: Joseph went over 1,000 points earlier this season. He is only the seventh player in New Castle history to score 1,000. Joseph is a three-year starter who was an all-section pick as a sophomore and junior.

INSIDE-OUTSIDE: When Joseph was a sophomore, he played mostly on the inside. But he has played more on the perimeter the past two seasons. Against North Hills, he had three 3-pointers.

"He got a lot of experience playing inside as a sophomore, but clearly for him to be able to play at his best, he needs to have a little mix of inside and outside," New Castle Coach John Sarandrea said. "That's why he's so successful. If you don't guard him on the perimeter, he'll hit the 3-pointer. If you come out too far, he'll go by you. Plus, he has very, very good post moves."

NOT ME, PLEASE: Joseph doesn't like doing interviews with newspapers, radio or television. He doesn't like being in the spotlight.

"We won the Blackhawk tournament this year, and some radio and newspaper people wanted to talk to him," Sarandrea said. "You'd have thought he was getting a root canal."

WHAT'S IN STORE: Away from basketball, you might find Joseph working at "Joseph's Supermarket" in New Castle. Joseph's family owns the store. Besides Joseph, a few other New Castle players work at the store.

-- By Mike White

Loui Hall

SCHOOL: Albert Gallatin.

WHO IS SHE? A 6-foot guard/forward for the Colonials' girls' basketball team and one of the best juniors in Western Pennsylvania.

LAST WEEK: Has scored 30 or more points in four consecutive games and has led the team to three wins in that span. During that four-game stretch, she averaged 33.5 points and 16 rebounds per game. Scored 32 points in 68-57 win against Ringgold Jan. 21, had 38 in 74-66 win against Latrobe Jan. 22, scored 30 in 61-52 loss to Laurel Highlands and 34 in 67-65 win against Carlynton.

THIS SEASON: Is averaging 25.2 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. Is shooting 85 percent from the free-throw line, 45 percent from the field and 33 percent from 3-point range.

CAREER: Has scored 1,472 points and grabbed 781 rebounds in three seasons as a starter.

CHASING SISTER: Hall's older sister, Shauntai, was a standout at Albert Gallatin and is the all-time leading scorer and rebounder at the school. Shauntai, who played at Penn State and Rutgers, scored 1,937 points and grabbed 1,193 rebounds in high school, and, during her senior season, averaged 30.5 points and 16.7 rebounds per game and was named the Post-Gazette player of the year.

DON'T CALL ME ELLEN: Loui is actually a nickname given to her by her father when she was an infant. But it is the name she goes by because she isn't a big fan of her given name, Ellen Louise Hall. "The name Loui has stuck with me forever, and it fits me better than Ellen," said Hall. "Ellen sounds like a pilgrim or someone who just wears a skirt or something. Nobody ever calls me Ellen, not even my teachers. I guess my dad looked at me when I was three or four months old and decided I don't really look like an Ellen."

ANOTHER LEVEL: "She has been phenomenal," said Albert Gallatin coach Ann Capozzi of Hall's play during the team's recent run of six wins in eight games. "Just unstoppable this past month. And she has a lot of natural ability, but it all starts with her work ethic and how much time she puts in working on her game in the off-season."

FUTURE: The future appears very bright for Hall who is being heavily recruited by a number of Division I colleges including Pitt, Duquesne, Robert Morris, Alabama, Kentucky and Florida State.

-- By Paul Zeise

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