Knoch senior Celina Sanks signed a Letter of Intent to attend Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. Eastern Kentucky is a NCAA Division IA team which competes in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Sanks has been recognized on the first team of the WPIAL Class AA All-Star Team twice, and the first team of the Section 4-AA All-Star Team three years. Sanks was also recognized on the PVCA All-State Team last year. She is a four-year letter winner and two-year captain.
Sanks also plays for the Pitt Premier Elite Club Team and was voted to the All-Tournament Team at the national tournament.
Attached photos are courtesy of Jason Davidek, South Butler School District.
Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ryan Riordan profiles the Knoch boys cross country team. Click here to read his story.
"Before every meet, the Knoch High School cross country team gets together and performs the same chant to get inspired.
"Beef Hot Links," junior Preston Carlsson said.
"I think Alex Cetnar was really into the Hillshire Farms commercial with the Beef Hot Links chant, so we started doing it," Carlsson explained. "It really gets us pumped up. It's hilarious."
Hey, whatever works."
Name: Preston Carlsson
Sport: Cross Country
Background: Carlsson finished fifth in the WPIAL Class AA meet last season and 33rd in the state. This season, he finished fourth at the West Middlesex Big Red Invitational, second in the Central Catholic Invitational among smaller schools and 35th at the Tri-State Invitational Thursday.
Knoch coach Wess Brahler: “One of his strengths is his experience. He has one more year of training (over Knoch sophomore Brandon Grumski) and one more year of understanding how to run. Both are mentally strong and have great work ethics.”
Name: Lexie Galbreath
Background info: Lexie Galbreath is the starting goalie for the Knoch girls soccer team. Galbreath and the Knights defense have helped the team to a 12-4-1 overall record and 10-3-1 mark in Class AA Section 2. Galbreath is in her second year starting for Knoch. She has shutout nine teams this season.
Coach Rich Kenzie said: "She has improved significantly this year. She worked really hard in the offseason, she went to some goalie camps and had private training. She really took some initiative and she has really done well."
Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Knoch girls soccer team. Click here to read his story.
"In the section standings the difference between second and third place may not seem like much -- in the postseason it is a whole different story.
Last year the Knoch girls soccer team finished third in the section and their reward was the No. 14 seed and a first-round date with Central Valley. The Knights would fall to the eventual WPIAL semifinalist Warriors, 6-0.
When the WPIAL playoff pairings are set this season, Knoch should find itself in a more favorable position this time around.
"It is definitely much better to finish second," Knoch coach Rich Kenzie said. "We should be seeded significantly higher based on our record.""