Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

It's like One Big Family at Peters

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

It's like One Big Family at Peters

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In many instances, members of a team will talk about how important their teammates are to them, going so far as to mention they are all part of a family. At Peters Township, the field hockey team is just like one big family ... literally.

Four members of the Schratz family are part of the Indians' field hockey team, with three currently on the roster.

The oldest sibling, 22-year-old Courtney Schratz, played at Peters Township and at Robert Morris before the school suspended its field hockey team.

Along with working at Allegheny General Hospital as a nurse, Courtney is an assistant for Indians' coach Amy Casciola. Her younger sisters, Samara, 18, Greta, 16, and Veronica, 14, all are members of the team that improved to 3-0 after Monday night's 7-1 Class 3A Section 2 victory against Oakland Catholic.

The Schratz sisters all have key roles in the team's offense. After three games, Samara has five goals and two assists, Veronica has six goals and six assists and Greta has two goals and four assists.

Courtney was the first in her family to play field hockey, becoming acquainted with the sport in her sophomore year and gradually picked up the game's nuances.

"I fell in love with it," she said. "I took off with it, started playing in clubs and going up to the field by myself, and then I got the girls involved. My brother [Christian] played to try to show us up with the competitive edge in the family, but I was the trailblazer in the family."

When Christian played, the rules weren't as tight as they are now. As currently written, boys can play on a team, but that team may not be participate in district or PIAA tournaments.

When her younger siblings saw the passion that Courtney had for the game, they also took to the sport. And, they also play girls lacrosse in the spring.

Samara Schratz likes the team aspect of the sport.

"You can't get up the field [and score] by yourself," the senior said. "In field hockey, you need to pass and work with your teammates. …

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