Butler County spotlight athletes: Nov. 30, 2014
Claim to fame: Haberstroh led Freeport in scoring with eight goals and eight assists through the team’s first eight games.
Freeport put together a nice streak with three wins in a row, including two in overtime. What’s been the key factor?
We keep working hard in third periods. Our third period play is the strongest now. We’re still trying to get our lines together. We’re working hard throughout the game and not quitting.
You’ve had 12 of your points in that three-game stretch. So, your line must be working?
My linemates have been fantastic. I have played with Robbie Reichenbaugh for many years. He’s giving me incredible feeds. Hunter Kepple has been playing well, too. They are both great finishers and passers.
That’s a relatively new line combination isn’t it?
Robbie and I have played for a couple of teams over the years. I usually play on a line with him. The past couple of games we’ve had Kepple on the same line, too. I am hoping it sticks. We’re just hoping to keep it going.
You guys graduated a lot of players from last year’s Penguins Cup Class A semifinals team. How are you coming together?
I think we are getting used to each other now, especially the younger guys. More than half our team is freshmen and sophomores. It’s going to be about building chemistry all season. I think it’ll be a good year. It’s kind of tough, but good. I think they are all coming along well.
School: Seneca Valley
Claim to fame: Peterson is in her first year as the starting goaltender for the Seneca Valley hockey team.
Seneca Valley graduated a lot of experienced players, so how has the team been able to get off to a 6-3 start?
We have a lot of team chemistry, and everyone works well together. I think we lost 12 seniors. A lot of people from the JV team have had to take on bigger roles. We all played together before and have a lot of chemistry
This is your first year playing with Seneca Valley’s varsity boys team. How hard has the adjustment been for you?
It’s been more challenging. I feel like I have had to try my hardest to prove to everyone that I should be there and compete with everyone and hold my own.
Is it tough playing with and against boys?
It is. I think I have gotten used to it over the years. I played JV last year, and it’s gotten tougher this season.
You play for the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Under-16 girls team, too, so how much are you on the ice each week?
I am on the ice four or five days a week. It’s busy. I love it. I wouldn’t want to trade it for anything else. Sometimes, it does get overwhelming, but you get used to it.