Row 1: Abby Davis, Arden Morgans, Abby Zaleppa, Morghan Murphy, Chloe Greene, Katie Karpinski, Mackenzie Kile, Isabella Uhl. Row 2: Madi Granoski, Jordan Olenginski, Emma Janosczyk, Abby Lipinski, Sarah Zaleppa, Alexis Armstrong, Carina D’souza. Row 3: Coach Patsy Moratori, Emma Colo, Lauren Reidinger, Sarah Richards, Cara Henahan, Jackie Cavanaugh, Eryn Venesky, Lauren Shiplett, Marlee Dillon, Coach Amy Bluhm, and Coach Justine Yeager. Missing from photo: Brianna Hischak.
Mrs. Moratori is the coach for The Big Red Machine. She has seen many state and district titles in her role of assistant coach over the years. I interviewed Mrs. Moratori recently and here are some of her thoughts on coaching a successful program. “I have been coaching for about 23 years. I started as an assistant at the University of Scranton and then was hired as an assistant coach at Crestwood in about 1994 and have been here ever since. This is my third season as head coach.
There are many challenges to being a coach. There are so many off the field demands to take care of such as busses and bus schedules, communicating with players about practice times, calling in scores, ordering uniforms. It is sometimes hard to focus on the actual coaching. That is what I enjoyed about being an assistant. I could focus on skills and hockey and not all of the other issues that take time. I also want to be a coach that challenges my team, but at the same time, does not overwhelm them.
So far this year (as of 9/26) we are 4-3-1. We had three tough losses to teams that consistently go deep into the state tournament, including Selinsgrove, Oley Valley, and Whitehall. Each of these teams returned many seasoned players from last year.
Because we lost eight starters we took a little time to adjust. Since those losses, we have been able to regroup and learn from our mistakes. If we keep improving we will be able to put up a lot of wins and go far into playoffs. As of today, we are the only undefeated team in AA but we have a long way to go.
Our seniors are providing great leadership both on and off the field. Marlee Dillon picked up right where she left off last year in our loss to Twin Valley. She stepped up and played a great game. She is doing an excellent job in the cage. Jordan Olenginski works very hard on the field and creates great opportunities for her teammates. Madi Granoski scored four goals against Delaware Valley and provides great leadership for the younger players.”