Trib HS Insider Q&A: Knoch's Luke Kroneberg
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Luke Kroneberg spent much of last season as a blocking tight end for Knoch as the Knights willed their way to a runner-up finish in the WPIAL.
This season, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior has become more involved offensively, catching a team-leading 19 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns, in helping Knoch (6-2) return to the Class AAA postseason.
Q: When did you have an idea you'd be in more of a pass-catching role?
A: All through Spartans, me and (quarterback) Dakota (Bruggeman) would make plays. He was always the quarterback, and I was always the tight end. We've been doing that since we were 8 years old. I knew he'd throw to me this year.
Q: Knoch has been a sound running team behind seniors Ben Tackett and Mike Cunningham. Would you prefer the team opened things up more?
A: We need to stay balanced. Our big plays seem to come from the pass. I mean, Ben has had some big runs. But we know if we struggle on the ground, we can come through in the air.
Q: You close the regular season Friday against Highlands. Do you consider Highlands a rivalry?
A: Yes, definitely. Anyone who gets in our way is a rivalry.
Q: What was the atmosphere like when you upset No. 4-ranked Mars, 21-0?
A: Emotions were crazy. We practiced hard all week. We had in our minds that we didn't want them to have an undefeated season. There were some words and some pushing. It's always a big game for us.
Q: You're also part of one of the top linebacking corps in Class AAA as a middle linebacker. How good is this group?
A: We were unhealthy early in the season. We got Joe Colonello back and that's helped us. He had a dislocated shoulder and then got sick.
Q: Did you know the late Tim McNerney?
A: No, but I watched him play, and he was amazing.
Q: How did the team deal with McNerney's death on a game day?
A: It was kind of surreal. It was another tragedy to hit Knoch during the season. We wanted to come out and beat Franklin Regional. We came up short, but made sure we beat Mars for him.
Q: You'll play baseball again this spring?
A: Yes. I played first base last year. I was supposed to pitch but tore two muscles in my shoulder. I missed five games.
Q: Are you a decent pitcher?
A: Can be. But I can get wild. I guess that works better for football.
Q: Coach Mike King's pregame speeches are intense. What's he said that sticks with you?
A: He's a great motivator. I always get chills in pregame. He told us, about (McNerney) to never waste a day.
Q: Knoch is one of the few Class AAA teams that still has a natural-grass field. Would you like to see turf?
A: I always wanted turf, yes. But you always end up with those rugburns. We seem to do just fine on grass.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- How to land that 1st job after college
- New J.C. Penney CEO comes from middle-income America
- Early turnout strong for Pittsburgh’s Fourth of July festivities
- Review: ‘Finders Keepers’ recalls ‘Misery’ as Stephen King torments a reader
- Corporate America speaking out on social issues, getting results
- Truffle dogs sniff out pungent fungus prized by foodies
- Importance stressed of securing your online banking
- After years of downsizing, big houses make comeback
- Pa. could ease restrictions on fireworks, reaping big bang in taxes
- Proposal aims to bring slots to Pa. airports
- Jewish congregations dwindling, forced to mull viability of worship sites