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Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Penn-Trafford's Jonah Graffius, Norwin's Catherine Ferragonio

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By Andrew John
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Jonah Graffius

School: Penn-Trafford

Year: Senior

Sport: Hockey

Claim to fame: Graffius, who has 10 points this season, scored four goals and recorded one assist in a 7-2 win over Central Catholic on Oct. 31. Graffius recorded a hat trick and added an assist in a 5-1 win over State College on Nov. 1.

“He's an all-around and very intelligent player. He also does pretty well in school,” coach Brian Lehneke said. “He's a smart player that can play both the power play and penalty kill. Last year, it could have been easy for him to quit playing but he never did. He kept going.”

What are your plans for college next year?

It's still up in the air. I'd like to play hockey. I want to go to a college that is the best fit for me as a student and not a hockey player. I'm looking at a major in political science, and hopefully I will go to law school after that.

Who's your favorite hockey player?

Simon Gagne because when I watched him play he knew where he needed to be on the ice and he had the scorer's mindset. He knew how to get the puck in the back of the net.

If you were able to have any super power, what would it be and why?

Mind reading. I'm just interested in what people think and feel.

What sport do you like better, cross country, track or hockey?

I like track. There is nothing better than personally running the best personal time. It's one of the best feelings.

What do you think is the strongest part of your game on the ice?

I'm best at being in position and anticipating where the puck is going to be. I definitely can get stronger on the puck. I can get stripped of the puck a lot. I need to control the puck better.

Catherine Ferragonio

School: Norwin

Year: Senior

Sport: Volleyball

Claim to fame: Ferragonio, who has 356 kills and 216 digs this season, recorded 28 kills and 19 digs in a 3-2 victory over Seneca Valley in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs on Oct. 29. Ferragonio finished with 14 kills and 24 digs in a 3-0 victory over Oakland Catholic in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.

“She has been pretty solid and an all-around and consistent player for us this season,” coach Mary Ellen Ferragonio said. “She has been our leading scorer this season.”

What are your plans for college next year?

I'm looking at Clarion West Chester and Slippery Rock. I believe location will be the deciding factor because West Chester is pretty far away. I want to major in physical therapy or speech pathology. I'm really interested in rehabilitation and physical therapy deals with athletes with different injuries like ACL tears. Speech pathology deals with improving the speech of kids.

What has been the most memorable moment so far this season?

I would say beating Seneca Valley after being down 2-0. It's pretty hard for teams to come back from being down 2-0. It's super cool for it happen.

Even though you weren't able to win the WPIAL championship, how does it feel to win the consolation match?

It's almost like we have a second chance. I think it gives more fuel for us in the state tournament.

How did you get yourself involved in volleyball?

My mom played volleyball as well as my siblings. With just being around it, I decided play. I don't even know who's better. It's so hard to decide.

If you were able to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would go to Paris, France because it's really pretty over there.

— Andrew John



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