Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Fox Chapel's Anthony Veltri, Springdale's Amanda Koprivnikar
School: Fox Chapel
Report card: Veltri leads Fox Chapel in points (28) and goals (16), both career highs. Two of his goals have come short-handed and he also has one game-winning goal, against Central Catholic.
What did you do to improve your game from last season?
My teammates are helping me a lot. I'm shooting the puck much better and I feel more confident with my shot.
Do you study any particular NHL players to help improve your game?
Not really. I just listen to the coaches and get tips from them, and also other players around me to help make myself better.
Do you have to use a certain brand of stick or will anything work for you?
Anything is good. I just like a really small curve. I can't shoot well with a big curve.
Have you ever laid a big hit on someone that changed the complexity of a game?
At the beginning of the season I was hitting people more often, but I haven't been hitting much lately. I've been scoring more goals.
What are your plans for after high school?
I'm planning on attending Kent State University. I might try to play club hockey there. I'm still undecided on that.
You have over 30,000 tweets. Why so many?
I've had Twitter for a long time. I tweet every day. I don't pay attention, but I looked at it the other day and I was kind of shocked. I do it for my followers.
Report card: The 5-foot-6 guard is Springdale's leading scorer, averaging 13 points a game. She scored a career-high 28 points against Imani Christian.
You tend to lead by example. Do you make it a priority during practice to teach the underclassmen whenever you get a chance?
We don't have a lot of underclassmen on the team anymore because we don't have a junior varsity team. We all work together to get everyone ready.
You lead the team in steals. Is trying to get a steal always on your mind when you cover someone one-on-one?
Not technically to get a steal because sometimes I end up fouling. I think just containing the ball.
How did you feel when you scored a career-high 28 points against Imani Christian?
I was pretty excited. It was fun and an experience. I beat my high score last year of 27.
This year hasn't gone Springdale's way. In what ways does the team keep its confidence level high?
We just play together. We go into the game happy and come out happy. We are always smiling.
Any college plans yet?
I think I'm going to nursing school. I haven't decided which one yet. I was going to apply to Indiana University of Pennsylvania, but I think I'm going to do St. Margarets, UPMC or Shady Side Nursing School.