Butler County spotlight athletes: March 16, 2014
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Claim to fame: Castello helped Mars win a section title. The Planets reached the PIAA Class AAA playoffs for a second straight year as well.
Getting back to the PIAA playoffs was one of your team's goals. With so many young guys in the lineup, how much will that experience help your team next year?
It'll help a great deal. It was a great atmosphere to play in. I definitely think we can learn from that and try to make it further next year.
Few people expected your team to do as well as it did. How did it feel to surprise some people?
It was great. We definitely surprised some people. But I think everyone, from the coaches and players, expected us to be right back where we were last year. We lived up to our expectations, and it was great to show people what we are really capable of.
You emerged as a key player this year. How were you able to handle that as a sophomore first-year starter?
It was nice. I felt pretty good. Owen Nearhoof is a great leader. I wouldn't have been able to do it without him and my other teammates. Owen really showed me how to handle everything well and be a better person. He is a great leader for all of us.
What are you going to work on in the offseason?
I am going to work on handling the ball and shooting from the outside. I need to work on my conditioning, too. I need to get that better to play a full 32 minutes without getting tired.
Claim to fame: Hockenberry finished second at the WPIAL Class AA diving championships and qualified for the PIAA championship meet.
As a freshman, how nervous were you going into the WPIAL meet?
I was nervous going into the meet. After I started diving, I felt more comfortable, though.
Were you surprised you finished second?
I tried not to focus on how I was doing. But I was happy with how high I placed.
Allison Brownlee from Deer Lakes, another freshman, finished right behind you. How cool is it to go to the state meet with her?
I am really excited to go to states. Allison and I dive together down at Pitt, so it's nice.
You've only been diving for about a year. What drew you to the sport?
I like diving because it's challenging not only physically, but mentally, too. I just want to keep improving over the years.
— Joe Sager
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.
- Distracted Steelers show nothing in loss to Eagles
- Records: Steelers RB Bell admitted smoking pot before traffic stop but denied being high
- Indiana Township police on lookout for loose alligator
- Utility regulator seeks $639,000 in penalties from electric supplier
- NFL could delay punishment
- Rossi: Time with Penguins taught Bylsma importance of stability
- Port Authority adjusts bus schedules
- Pitcairn police department to carry Narcan for heroin overdoses
- Art Festival on Walnut draws people to Shadyside from all over
- Youngwood shelter removes 44 dogs, 9 cats from shuttered Fayette SPCA
- Gorman: Life lessons from high school football