Throughout the 2017-18 high school sports season, we will name a weekly Sentinel Athlete of the Week every Monday night highlighting the on-field performances of some of the area’s best high school competitors.
This week’s athlete is Shamrocks hockey player Lance Coffey. Through a 2-0 stretch last week, Coffey notched five points (three goals, two assists) in a 12-6 win over Susquehannock and seven points (four goals, three assists) in a win over Rothrock Division rivals MSM United 8-5.
Q: Coming into the season, what was the outlook for the Shamrocks?
A: Coming over from Middletown, I was really excited to play with Riley Johnson. He and I have been wanting to play high school hockey together for a long time. This year we finally got the chance and we plan to make the most of it. Our team has the attitude of a team that can win a Rothrock Cup. That’s our goal.
Q: How do you believe the season is going so far?
A: We have had a good season so far. However, we have work to do. Opening up with Central York was tough — they are a very solid team. Since then we haven’t lost. Playing with Johnson is something that every hockey player around here wishes for. He has the ability to put the puck in the net in an instant. We have a speedy freshman, Jack Straub, who is the real deal as well. Spencer Hockensmith is a force at D and we plan to work together to make it to Hersheypark Arena.
Q: What are your thoughts on this year’s Winter Classic?
A: The Winter Classic is always exciting. I love watching it. Maybe Buffalo can use it as a spark to turn their season around.
Q: Are there any NHL teams you’re following closely right now?
A: The Washington Capitals.
Q: The Flyers are on a 10-game losing streak. Yay or nay? Why?
A: Yay. I’m a Capitals fan, so when the Flyers are losing it helps us. But I just want to see the Capitals get past the second round of the playoffs before I start going after other teams.
Q: Is there a specific matchup you’d like to see in the Stanley Cup Final?
A: Capitals vs. Calgary. Getting a Stanley Cup Final in Calgary would be great to watch.
Q: What’s your favorite sport to watch in the Winter Olympics?
A: Ice hockey or snowboarding.
Q: Do you have a favorite winter sport other than hockey?
A: Basketball is a big deal in my family and a lot of my friends play. I like watching that, but also supporting our wrestling team at East Pennsboro.
Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of hockey?
A: Playing golf, hanging with my friends, and working. I work at a golf course so I enjoy going to work.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
A: Athletic Director at Penn State.
Q: Who inspires you the most in life?
A: My Mom. She works extremely hard at everything she does in her life and inspires me to work hard in my life.
Q: Do you have a quote or saying that you live by?
A: “No matter how good you get, you can always get better, and that’s the exciting part.” — Tiger Woods