Athlete of the Week: Katie Kolobielski, Cape Henlopen

Athlete of the Week: Katie Kolobielski, Cape Henlopen

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Athlete of the Week: Katie Kolobielski, Cape Henlopen

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Katie Kolobielski

Senior * Cape Henlopen * field hockey

Made two saves as the Vikings won their third consecutive DIAA field hockey championship with a 1-0 victory over Delmar on Saturday at Dover High. Also had a save in a 5-0 semifinal victory over Polytech last Thursday.THE WEEK:

Kolobielski made two sprawling saves in the 23rd minute to keep the championship game scoreless, diving to stop Delmar’s Booter Ellis and Amy Wilson off a penalty corner. “I was pretty nervous, but I had confidence in my team,” Kolobielski said. “I knew that we would get it out. We were prepared. We knew what we had to do to keep the ball out of the net.”THE SAVES:

“She usually doesn’t see that much pressure, which is why a lot of people don’t give her the credit she deserves,” Cape Henlopen coach Kate Windett said. “But she really came up huge for us.”THE COACH SAYS:

“She’s the nicest, sweetest girl, but when she’s on the field, she does not let the ball past her,” Windett said. “She doesn’t see as many shots as a lot of goalies do. When you have a good team in front of you, sometimes people just don’t think about having a good goalie because you don’t really need one. But she comes up big when she needs to.”THE TEMPERMENT:

The Vikings (18-0-1) allowed only seven goals all season and ran their winning streak to 51 against Delaware opponents. Kolobielski had four consecutive shutouts in the playoffs but credits backs Alexa Woodruff, Tiara Duffy and Sydney Smyk for often preventing shots from getting through to her.THE DEFENSE:

“I really like my early childhood classes,” Kolobielski said. “… I love that we go to the day care and we work with the kids. I love being with kids.”THE CLASSROOM:

Kolobielski has yet to decide on a college but plans to major in education and become an elementary school teacher.THE FUTURE:

— Brad Myers

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