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Butler County spotlight athletes: April 27, 2014

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Abbie Thrower

School: Knoch

Year: Junior

Sport: Softball

Claim to fame: She hit .414 through Knoch's first nine games. Her five doubles tied for the team lead.

Your team is off to a pretty good start. What's been the key?

We never take a day off. We treat every day like it's a game day. We go to work every day. We're always talking to each other. We're a really close team. I think that's what makes us most successful.

Your team had a crucial 2-1 section win over Hampton. How nice was it that you scored both runs?

That win was gigantic. That brought our chances of competing for the section title up again. That was great. I was able to get on base both times and my teammates pulled through and brought me in.

How competitive is the race for the Section 5-AAA championship?

We're all really evenly matched teams. Every time we play each other, it is just a matter of who has the best day. Anything can happen and it always does. It's always a surprise who is going to win. It's just a matter of who wants it more that day.

How nice would it be to make playoffs after the team missed out last year when it finished in a four-way tie for second in the section?

That's been a goal all year. We are determined to make playoffs this year.

Pat Morrow

School: Mars

Year: Sophomore

Sport: Lacrosse

Claim to fame: Morrow is the Planets' starting goaltender and has helped the team post a 6-3 record through its first nine matches.

This is the second year for Mars boys lacrosse as a varsity program. How much of a difference have you seen from last year?

From last year to this year it has been a big step forward. Offense, defense, everything is clicking. We have a great young group of players. In future years, we'll keep improving more. I think we have a great shot at getting far in the WPIAL playoffs this year. If we play to our full potential, we should have no problem.

How has the team improved in its second year?

We've taken a pretty big step as a team. Offensively, we've created more plays. We are running a college-style defense. Overall, we are a lot more organized than last year.

What made you want to be a goalie?

It wasn't my first choice. We didn't have a goalie for varsity last year so I filled in and I ended up really liking it. I worked at it a lot in the offseason.

What's your favorite thing about lacrosse?

Just coming off the field with my team after we win, knowing that you worked together and everything clicked and you were able to beat a team.

— Joe Sager

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