CRESSON- Two Penn Cambria seniors recently committed to continue their respective academic and athletic careers at the next level.
Ryanna Hockenos, Mount Aloysius Basketball
Panthers senior Ryanna Hockenos already had connections with Mount Aloysius basketball. Her father, Richard, coached the Mounties men’s team in 2006, and the young Hockenos just hoisted the District 6 Class AAA championship trophy at center court of the Mount’s Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center in March.
Given her local ties to the area, choosing Mount Aloysius was an obvious choice for her.
“Ever since I started looking, I knew I wanted to stay close to home,” Hockenos said. “I really like it around here. I looked at a lot of schools around here, and being that my dad used to coach at the Mount, it’s sort of like I grew up there. Ever since I was little, I really admired that school and just enjoyed being there.”
Hockenos played a vital role on a Panthers team that claimed its first district title in 26 years.
In her senior year, she averaged over seven rebounds per game and picked up 221 points in a defensive-minded role with the Lady Panthers.
After meeting with Mounties coach Brian Giesler and discussing how she might fit into the program, Hockenos believes she will have the opportunity to earn valuable playing time as a freshman.
“When (Giesler) first came to me about going there, he was saying how the program has been losing a lot of girls,” Hockenos said. “They went from
10 girls to eight, and he said if I go there, I will definitely get playing time. That’s what I want. I don’t want to go to a huge program and have to sit on the bench when I can go to a school like this and play the game I love.”
Joining her signing was Panthers basketball coach Keith Saleme, who said that after watching Hockenos collect numerous accolades and help turn around the program at Penn Cambria, he has no doubt she will bring more success to Cresson.
“I’m extremely proud of her as a coach, and it’s great that she’s extremely close to home so we can go over and watch her play on a regular basis,” Saleme said.
“Her height and her athletic ability are going to be a tremendous asset to their program. I’m looking forward to keep seeing her grow as a player.”
Hockenos is the daughter of Richard Hockenos and Amy Kass, of Ashville.
Macy Sral, Edinboro softball
Softball was never Macy Sral’s true passion growing up.
After being raised on the hardwood and shooting hoops, basketball seemed to be her true calling from the beginning.
But once she entered high school and joined a winning softball program at Penn Cambria, Sral found her calling.
“I loved basketball growing up, but I realized it was just too demanding of a sport,” Sral said. “So I quit and stuck with softball. Basketball was always my favorite, but as it got more demanding, it just didn’t feel the same. When you play something for so long, eventually it starts to get on your nerves and tire you out. With softball, that never happened. It always felt special.”
She will now get to continue her dream at Edinboro.
“I really like their campus, and I love their head coach (Dan Gierlak),” Sral said. “I really like that he says everything straight-forward. He doesn’t beat around the bushes or anything. I respect being truthful.”
Sral played a major part on a Penn Cambria team that finished the year 11-8 and clinched a berth in the District 6 Class AAA playoffs.
In her senior year with the Lady Panthers, she struck out 45 batters in 391/3 innings. She batted .407 and scored 21 runs in 18 games.
“I’m very proud of Macy. Her being able to move on to the next level all comes down to hard work,” Penn Cambria softball coach Jake Casale said. “You don’t move on in any level without the work. She definitely put the time in doing what she had to do. Pitching is a year-round job, and she got it done. She plays with bumps and bruises and will put anything on the line. She’ll put in a lot of hard work. She never complains and will give you everything she has. It should be interesting to see how she develops.”
Sral is the daughter of Jim and Kelly Sral, of Lilly.