Quaker Valley athlete of the week: Katherine Blaugrund
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 | 9:44 PM
School: Quaker Valley
Claim to fame: If Katherine Blaugrund could go back and try one sport, it would be volleyball.
“I think I have the height,” Blaugraun said. “Maybe I could have been a striker.”
The world will probably never know how she would have faired on the court, but there’s no doubt about how easily she can take over a lacrosse game. Blaugrund has 13 goals in her first three games this season.
How did you fall in love with playing lacrosse?
I started when I was in fourth grade with a Sewickley area team. I was a kid who played pretty much every sport that I could. I realized pretty quickly it was a standout sport for me, and it was going to mean more to me than some of the other sports. Every sport dropped off except soccer and lacrosse.
What has it meant to you to play with such a talented senior class?
We have so many veteran players, which is really nice. We know each other really well. We also have three captains technically, but I consider every single one of our seniors someone that the rest of the team can look to for advice, and I think that’s really special.
How much credit do you give your teammates for having a great start to the season?
It’s absolutely not all me. I’m a person, player, athlete who truly believes a team is only as good as each of its players. I couldn’t do what I do without every person on the field having an important part. It’s all 12 of us working together.
What’s your favorite kind of goal to score?
I do like it when I find a way for a solo drive where I pull a couple moves on people before scoring. It’s really validating sometimes to have a pretty goal. Some of those just squeak in there, and it gets the fans riled up, so that’s fun.
Your new coach has said great things about everyone on the team. What do you think of her?
She’s fantastic. She has come into a new school, a new setting and completely taken charge in a great way. She’s built trust with us and cares about us. She is so knowledgeable and really has formed a bond between coaches and players that leads to a successful team.
You were so close to a WPIAL championship last season. What would it mean to you to win the title?
That would be everything for us. I think everyone who had a part in the game left it with a sour taste and a lot of disappointment. I think we are doing our best to use that as motivation to hopefully get back there and finish it this time.