Times Leader Athletes of the Week: Wyoming Area’s Brianna Pizzano, Dallas’ Mason Gattuso


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    BRIANNA PIZZANO

    School: Wyoming Area

    Year: Freshman

    Sport, position: Tennis

    Family: Tiffany, mom; Steve, dad

    Last week: Pizzano became the first girls tennis district champion in Wyoming Area history (over half a century). To secure the title, the freshman overcame a 5-2 deficit by recording five straight points in the tiebreaker to beat Scranton Prep’s Gabriella Jakubek 6-4, 7-6 (5). Pizzano defeated Prep’s Tatiana Klacko in the semifinals. Pizzano advances to the state tournament which begins Nov. 4 at Hershey Racquet Club in Hershey.

    What she says: “It’s really exciting, for my first year. I would have expected (the school record to be broken by) someone who had been playing in districts for a couple of years. … When I was winning 5-3 I had a lot of nerves because I was only one game away and that got to me. … I just had to calm myself down when I was losing 5-2 in the second set and that worked.”

    Coach says: “We have never had a district championship at Wyoming Area. Actually my sister was the only other medalist, she got third place back in 2004. After that, no one else has gotten a singles medal. … (Brianna has) been playing for a long time, so coming into the season I knew, because of her ability, and she’s extremely athletic that she could potentially have a great regular season. And once the district tournament came about, I thought she had a chance to go far and possibly winning if she played well.” — WA tennis coach Tiffany Callaio

    Favorite color: Blue

    Oreos or Chips Ahoy: Chips Ahoy

    Favorite song right now: “Closer” The Chainsmokers

    Favorite sports team: Philadelphia Phillies

    One thing people would be surprised to know about you: Play three sports competitively (tennis, basketball, softball)

    Favorite TV show: “Impractical Jokers”

    Biggest fear: Clowns

    Superman or Batman: Superman

    Favorite subject in school: Science

    Favorite food: Steak

    Favorite Athlete: Serena Williams

    Favorite musician/musical act: Luke Bryan

    Favorite season: Fall

    Favorite book: “The Fault in Our Stars”

    A place you’d like to visit: Italy

    Favorite holiday: Christmas

    If you could have one superpower, what would it be? To fly

    iPhone vs. Samsung: iPhone

    Future goals: To win states before I graduate

    Pirates or Ninjas: Ninjas

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    MASON GATTUSO

    School: Dallas

    Year: Junior

    Sport, position: Golf

    Family: Kristin, mom; Jim, dad; Tanner, brother; Dalton, brother

    Last week: The junior was one of three Wyoming Valley Conference golfers to advance to the East Regional Tournament after shooting a District 2 low 75 last week. He became the first district champion from the WVC since Pittston Area’s Tyler McGarry did it in 2014. Gattuso is the first district champ from Dallas in at least 20 years.

    What he says: “On the back nine I felt pretty solid. I had five birdies on the back and I thought if I just continued it would be a good day. (I kept) my head intact all 18 holes, hit one shot at a time and (didn’t) think ahead. … I’m very excited to advance (to the East Regional).”

    Coach says: “He was able to be consistent and place the ball in scoring position, followed by strength in his putting that produced great numbers.” — Dallas golf coach Jane Kilduff

    Favorite color: Blue

    Oreos or Chips Ahoy: Chips Ahoy

    Favorite song right now: “X” 21 Savage

    Favorite sports team: Cincinnati Bengals

    One thing people would be surprised to know about you: I can flip a water bottle pretty good. I flip it and it lands on the bottom.

    Favorite TV show: “The League”

    Biggest fear: Clowns

    Superman or Batman: Superman

    Favorite subject in school: Gym class

    Favorite food: Steak

    Favorite Athlete: AJ Green

    Favorite musician/musical act: 21 Savage

    Favorite season: Summer

    Favorite book: Anything by Bob Rotella

    A place you’d like to visit: St Andrews in Scotland

    Favorite holiday: Christmas

    If you could have one superpower, what would it be? To fly

    iPhone vs. Samsung: iPhone

    Future goals: To go to states for golf

    Pirates or Ninjas: Ninjas

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