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Pine-Richland teen Carson Verszyla goes viral with highlight-reel hockey aim | Trib HSSN

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Monday, June 7, 2021 | 7:19 PM


Carson Verszyla acquired an early birthday current Monday morning when he noticed himself on “SportsCenter.”

Verszyla, who turned 13 Monday and is a sixth-grader within the Pine-Richland Faculty District, scored a highlight-reel spin-o-rama aim Sunday that was featured as the highest play on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” high 10.

“It was actually fairly cool,” Verszyla mentioned. “I used to be shocked to see myself on there as a result of that’s the type of factor you dream about. I by no means anticipated to be on ‘SportsCenter’ high 10 and be No. 1.”

Verszyla got here in on a breakaway and did a full 360 spin whereas placing the puck flat on his stick and flipping it previous the goalie high shelf with a lacrosse-style shot. He was taking part in in a 3-on-3 summer time league recreation for the Sasquatches at RMU Island Sports activities Area.

A spotlight of the aim was posted on social media by Carson’s father, Jeff Verszyla, who’s a meteorologist for WTAE, and it rapidly went viral. It was retweeted by ESPN’s John Buccigross and fashionable Barstool Sports activities podcast Spittin’ Chiclets amongst others.

Verszyla mentioned he tried the transfer a few different instances in a recreation earlier than however didn’t rating. He practiced the transfer each in his driveway at house and through downtime at hockey practices.

“I had performed it in apply some whereas messing round with my teammates. I acquired the chance to do it in a recreation, so I simply mentioned to myself, ‘Why not?’ And I made a decision to strive it,” Verszyla mentioned. “I used to be fairly completely satisfied that I lastly acquired it performed. It’s a cool transfer that you just see gamers do on TV, so it felt fairly good to do it.”

He had a pleasant celebration together with his teammates on the bench after the aim.

“Lots of them had been shocked similar to I used to be,” Verszyla mentioned. “They had been fairly completely satisfied for me as a result of I don’t assume they’d ever seen it occur in a recreation earlier than both.”

Verszyla has performed hockey since he was 4. He performs for Pine-Richland’s center faculty crew and the Renegades membership crew.

He’s a giant fan of the Penguins and now has a spotlight on ESPN like a few of his favourite gamers that put on the black and gold.

“I began watching the Penguins and simply acquired hooked on the sport,” Verszyla mentioned. “I attempted it out and it was actually enjoyable, so I simply caught with it.”

Jerin Steele is a contract author

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