Butler County spotlight athletes: Knoch's Cody Wilson; Seneca Valley's Morgan Chapman
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Claim to fame: Milsom had a 42-yard interception return for a touchdown and rushed 33 times for 114 yards and another score in Knoch's 22-17 comeback win over Hollidaysburg.
Your team was down 17-7 at halftime. Did your interception return for a touchdown give your teammates the jolt they needed to come back?
We started out real slow. This season, we've had that tendency. We are real strong in the second half. I am pretty sure our defense hasn't given up a score in the second half. We definitely felt the momentum shift on that touchdown. We got a safety on their next possession. We showed a lot of character coming all the way back.
What's the feeling like knowing you're going to take an interception to the end zone?
It's a great feeling. I just felt lucky. I was in the right place at the right time. The ball deflected right to me and no one was around. The only thing in my mind was getting to the end zone, and I just had to outrun the quarterback.
This is your first year running the ball. Do you like that or playing outside linebacker better?
Before this season, I was just a defensive guy. Offense is growing on me. I like carrying the ball. It's enjoyable to me. At first, it was tough to play both ways. I am starting to adjust to it and get used to it.
What's your favorite NFL team?
I like the Steelers. I like to watch their games even though they haven't done too well this year.
What's your favorite food?
Probably chicken alfredo.
School: Seneca Valley
Claim to fame: The outside hitter had 21 kills and four aces in a 3-1 loss to North Allegheny. She added 14 kills in a 3-0 win over Hampton.
Seneca Valley won the WPIAL Class AAA championship two years ago, but missed the playoffs last season. How focused is the team on making it back to the postseason?
That's our top goal right now. We want to make top three in the section and get into the playoffs.
Qualifying for the postseason from your section isn't exactly the easiest, is it?
I feel we have the best teams in the WPIAL and some of the best in the state in our section. It's tough.
Why did you choose volleyball?
I think the sport is very exciting. There's nothing really like it. It's a team sport and I just like it. It's very interesting to me.
You play club volleyball with the Pittsburgh Elite as well. So, do you ever get worn out with playing volleyball all year?
It's grueling. It's tiring, especially during the school year with homework. I have a job on top of that, too. It's tough, but worth it in the end.
— Joe Sager
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