Katie Pascoe wears the “C” for the Pioneer girls’ hockey team and she wears it with both pride and purpose.
“I try to make sure everyone is focused especially for the big games,” she said. “I also help organize team events and things like that.”
The Pioneers have skated out of the blocks this season not only playing well but sending every game in 2017 into the win column. They hope to keep that up in the new year.
“We have a big group of freshman players who have a lot of experience already playing hockey and that’s been a big help for us,” says Pascoe. “We haven’t always had a lot of experienced players.”
Pascoe was on last year’s team which lost a six-goal lead before falling to University Liggett in the Division 2 state finals.
“That was the most painful game of my life,” she said. “I try to forget about it because there is nothing we can do about it now. As a team we just mentally fell apart and it was a tough experience.”
Pascoe, a junior, doesn’t look back and won’t allow the rest of her teammates to dwell on the past. She’s a great example of moving forward.
Pascoe recorded seven goals and six assists in the team’s first five games and was second in the state in points heading into the holiday break.
“Our main goal is to win the states but we are working toward that one game at a time and step by step,” she says. “Our focus is the main thing. We need to work hard in practices and get better every day.”
Pascoe, who grew up playing many sports, started playing hockey when she was 5-years-old.
“I played at first at a clinic but I didn’t think I was good enough to play in games so I didn’t play for like a year,” she said. “One of my good friends was playing and she told me how much fun it was so I started back up again.”
Pascoe also plays for the Pioneer volleyball team. But right now her focus is on the ice and helping getting her team back to the state finals.