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Serra hockey player Roman Kraemer

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By Robert Stinner and Andrew John
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 1:36 a.m.

Roman Kraemer

School: Serra Catholic

Class: Sophomore

Sport: Hockey

Claim to fame: Kraemer leads Serra Catholic with five goals and eight points after the opening weeks of the 2013 season. The sophomore has added three assists in the Eagles' first two wins.

“I think one (of Kraemer's strengths) is his confidence,” coach Dennis Tokarski said. “When the puck is on his stick, he's pretty confident that he's going to get a shot off and get us a scoring opportunity. I want him to continue what he was doing last year, and that's put up goals and assists.”

What are the team's goals for this season?

Our goals are to win our section, make it to the Penguins Cup, and hopefully make it to states.

What do you want to improve on personally this season?

I'd like to get more points than I did last year. I'd like to exceed 50 points.

Do you feel any extra pressure because you're only in your second year?

Yeah, a little bit, but when I was younger I used to play up against older players and I expected myself to do better. I pushed myself to stay with the older kids, and that kind of carried over into high school.

How did you get into playing hockey?

My dad played hockey and when I was 9 my brother started getting into it. At the time, my dad ran the developmental hockey league in West Mifflin, and I kind of just followed in my brother's footsteps and it kind of just went from there.

What do you like most about the sport?

I like that it's fast paced and it's always back and forth and that I'm constantly skating. You never know what's going to happen. You have to be lucky sometimes to win.

If you could add one player to your team, who would you pick and why?

I'd probably pick Evgeni Malkin because he sees the ice so well and can move the puck to his teammates, but if he needs to, he can put the team on his back and score goals.

— Robert Stinner

Catherine Ferragonio

School: Norwin

Class: 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 to 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 to 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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