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Athlete of the Week: Sydney Angel

Culpeper Times Staff Writer
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(Editor's note: Throughout the local high school sports season, Culpeper Times will again recognize an “Athlete of the Week” from one of the sports on a rotating basis. This week we feature field hockey. At the end of the year the Times will select a male and female athlete at both Culpeper County and Eastern View high schools and recognize them as “Athlete of the Year” at their respective schools.)

Sydney Angel is a good reader, but in this case it has nothing to do with her ability with the printed word.

“Sydney has a real knack for reading a defense and knowing where the ball needs to go,” said Culpeper County field hockey coach Cathy Uribe. “She also has great stick skills and stamina – she is very fit.”

Angel, a junior, leads the Devilettes in scoring so far this year and her ability and leadership make her the choice for Culpeper Times “Athlete of the Week.”

“She's been playing year-round since her freshman year and because of that she has continued to improve greatly,” said Uribe.

Angel said she got involved with field hockey four years ago because her mom and sister used to play it.

“It's very fast-paced,” she said.

Despite her leadership in goals, Angel said she feels she can do even better.

“My biggest challenge is scoring,” she said. “I always choke once I get toward the goal, but I'm working on that in practice.”
In addition to field hockey, Angel also swims and runs track for CCHS.

In the classroom, Angel said she enjoys math, but is looking more toward a future in art.

“I want to go to either VCU or the College of Charleston for art,” she said. “I love the Charleston area. It's a great place.”
When she is not busy with sports and school, Angel said she enjoys babysitting and ―on a summer weekend ―going to the lake.
“I also volunteer,” she said. “I helped out with kids at the Taste of Culpeper last year.”

NOTE: Eastern View High School field hockey coach Peggy Allen nominated junior goalie Alexis Knipfer

“She's done a very good job this year,” said Allen. “She's a solid part of our defense. We're very young this year, experience-wise. We basically lost all of our defensive starters so Alexis and the other girls have some big shoes to fill.”

Knipfer called her goal tending position, “a challenge.”

“It's fun, but I work hard to succeed,” she said. “It's not a cakewalk. I've gotten a lot more comfortable at pushing (other team members) when I need to. It's a challenge talking to the defense and telling them where to go, but that's part of my job as goalie.”

Knipfer said she used to be “really bad” at dealing with pressure.

“I am the last line of defense and that made me nervous, but you get used to it,” she said.

Knipfer said she has played soccer in the past and is considering playing lacrosse this spring.

As for her schoolwork, she lists her favorite subject as history. She also plays saxophone in the EVHS band.

“I want to major in either forensic psychology or primary education in college,” she said.
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