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Bobby Sokol to play hockey at Hobart College

| Saturday, March 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
North Belle Vernon resident Bobby Sokol, right, is taking his hockey game from Rochester of the Junior Hockey League to Hobart College in New York.

Bobby Sokol took a different path than most high school athletes do to college.

As a resident of North Belle Vernon, he attended Greensburg Central Catholic for two years and then was schooled by Pennsylvania Distance Learning Academy, where he was graduated from.

He played hockey for GCC for two seasons and one for Ringgold.

After his playing days were over at Ringgold, Sokol signed to play with the Rochester (N.Y.) Stars of the Eastern Junior A League to hone his skills for two years before picking a college.

After playing one season for the Stars, Sokol has committed to Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y. , an NCAA Division III school.

The combined corporation of the two colleges, Hobart College (Men's) and William Smith College (Women), are also known as The Colleges of the Seneca. Both are liberal arts colleges offering degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Teaching.

Hobart College competes in the ECAC West Conference and the Statesmen went 19-5-2 this season, including 11-3-1 in the conference.

“Hobart was the best school for me when it came to hockey,” Sokol said. “It's a top-five D-III school and also has great academics. I think I'll be very happy there.”

Playing for the Stars in the Eastern Junior Hockey League, Sokol was the team's leading scorer this season.

In 45 regular season games, Sokol scored 71 goals and added 32 assists for a total of 49 points, all team highs.

In five playoff games with the Stars, the 5-9 forward added one goal and two assists.

Sokol also played previously for the Pittsburgh Hornets,a team for 17-and-under players.

He playes inline hockey during the summer for a team out of the New Jersey and New York area called the Tour Roadrunners.

Sokol also works for the International Hockey College during the summer months working at player development camps and giving private hockey lessons.

He is the son of Robert and Lynn Sokol of North Belle Vernon.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or joliver@tribweb.com.

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