Alexis “Lexi” Peterson
Alexis (Lexi) Peterson is an alumni of Sabre Girls Hockey, playing six seasons and winning four state championships that took her to many great locations to compete in nationals. She was part of the 2010-2011 team that won third place at nationals. Lexi served as team captain for the Sabres for two seasons, assistant captain for one year and also won Most Improved and Sportsmanship awards during her time with the Sabres. Lexi was a referee with IHOA for the past two seasons, but took a break this year to play AAA hockey for Team Illinois and enjoy her senior year of high school. Lexi is very excited to join her former Sabre teammate Amanda Rachke and play college hockey next year at Grand Valley State University for their ACHA D1 team. Lexi plans to study athletic training.
Anna Cockey has played with the Sabre Girls Program for her entire hockey career, 8 years consecutively. During that time she has won 5 State Championship titles and had 5 National Championship appearances (3rd place in Nationals in 2011, National quarter-finalist in 2013, 2015 and 2016). She served as Co-Captain during the 2011-12 season and is the current Assistant Captain for her 2016-17 19U team.Next year Anna will attend Northern Michigan University where she will major in Zoology and minor in German. She also plans to play for NMU’s Women’s ACHA D2 team.
Amanda Rachke has been playing for the Sabre girls for 5 years, competing and working hard in the organization to achieve many milestones in her career. With the Sabres, Amanda has won four State titles as well as four National Championship appearances since 2013. Amanda was the assistant captain in her 2015-16 season, and took on the role as captain in her 2016-2017 senior year season. Amanda has committed to continue her academic and athletic career at Grand Valley State University, where she will study Criminal Justice and participate in the ROTC program in hopes of pursuing a career in law enforcement at the government level.
The Sabre Girls Program is proud to announce that 19U Assistant Captain Hannah Nelson has committed to Trine University in Angola, Indiana to play on their inaugural NCAA Division III women’s team! Hannah is excited to join her current teammates Ryan Harth and Briana Carlson in building a Trine legacy for women’s hockey. Hannah began playing hockey at the age of 4 and has played on both selects and travel teams for the Vernon Hills Ice Dogs and Highland Park Falcons. Hannah is currently dual rostered with her high school hockey team. As a 12-season sport Senior, Hannah also excels in Softball (pitcher) and Track and Field (400m, long jump, and triple jump). In addition to participation in student organizations (Student Council, President of Art club, and National Honor Society) Hannah is working AP Art – Ceramics.
At Trine University Hannah will be majoring in Physical Education with a minor in Coaching which combines her love of teaching, coaching and education. Congratulations to the Nelson family and best of luck in the future!
Congratulations to Briana Carlson! Briana has committed to play for the NCAA Division III Trine University Women’s Team in the Fall of 2017. She will be joining the inaugural season with her current teammates, Ryan Harth (goalie) and Hannah Nelson (center).
The 2017-2018 season will be the first season of women’s hockey at Trine and the first varsity woman’s hockey team in Indiana. They are currently building a new rink on campus which is very exciting for the town of Angola. Briana is very excited to be a part of the growth of Trine’s organization. Briana has been playing hockey for 5 years and was the Assistant Captain for the YellowJackets 19U team in 2014. She had her first National appearance in Vermont last year and scored her first National goal. She is also part of the 2015-2016 Sabres State Champion team. Briana is a very strong individual who works for what she wants. She has taught herself how to skate and is always determined to get better. Briana is continuing to give back to the community by being an official, a skate school instructor, a skate guard, and has put numerous hours in volunteering. She will be majoring in Exercise Science to help pursue her passion as an Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist. Congratulations to the Carlson family and good luck in the future!
Amanda Seltzer plays for the ACHA Division I Colorado State University Women’s Hockey team. Amanda is the recipient of a Manon Rheaume Foundation Scholarship which awards scholarship grants to girls under the age of nineteen (19) who have expressed a desire to pursue their dreams in athletics to further or enable their respective athletic careers.
“I am honored to be the recipient of the Manon Rheaume Scholarship. This scholarship is very special to me because it’s an opportunity for women hockey players to be recognized for all our hard work on and off the ice. Manon has inspired me in many ways. She has worked hard, and has taken her opportunities and passed them forward. Someday I would like to achieve great things and provide opportunities to others.” – Amanda Seltzer
Congratulations to Senior 19U forward Nicole Jajic on her acceptance into Iowa State University. Nicole will be pursuing a degree in Animal Science and plans on joining the Cyclones to compete in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division II for the 2016-2017 season. Nicole is one of the hardest working players on the 19U Sabres, never gives up on a play and always has a positive attitude. Not only has Nicole succeeded in hockey with the Sabres, her academic career is even more impressive. She is a member of the National Honors Society, Vice President of her high school’s Key Club, an AP Scholar with Honor Award, and an Illinois State Scholar – Nicole will be graduating with a weighted GPA of 5.0. The entire Sabres coaching staff would like to wish Nicole the best of luck on her exciting transition into college. Congratulations Nicole and the entire Jajic family!
Congratulations to Senior 19U Assistant Captain Maddie “Delores” Monroe on her acceptance into the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. A strong defensemen with a high hockey IQ, Maddie decided to commit to Coach Ninnemann and the Pointers. Maddie will be competing in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III and pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy. She has been playing hockey for 10 years, 8 of those years at the Sabres, and is a game-changing player. Maddie continuously makes skilled plays in the defensive zone and her aggressive style of play has been a constant momentum builder for the 19U Sabres team. She inspires her teammates with her positive attitude and is a constant positive role model through her play and off-ice mentoring. Some of her other accomplishes include Academic Honor Roll, a Peer Leader, member of Future Educators, Interact Club and Psychology Club. Congratulations to Maddie and her family!
Congratulations to former Sabre Girls player Emma Paravola! Emma has committed to play for the NCAA Division III University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point Women’s Team in the Fall of 2016. Emma currently plays for both the Chicago Fury 19U team and the NaperValley Warriors High School team. During her 12 years of playing hockey, Emma was the Assistant Captain for the Sabre Girls 14U team that placed third at USA Hockey Nationals in 2012. Emma was a member of the 2015 Team Central team for the America’s Showcase (2nd Place), was selected to attend the 2015 Central District Player Development Camp and most recently was named to AHAI’s 2016 Girls All-State team. Congratulations and good luck next fall!
Congratulations to Senior 19U Captain Nadia Studnicka on her acceptance into McKendree University. After considering all of her options, Nadia decided to commit to Coach Buntenbach and the Bearcats and will be competing in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division 1. Nadia has been playing hockey for 14 years, spending her last two with the Sabres as both an Assistant Captain and this year as Captain. Nadia has led her teammates with a calm demeanor, leading by example every step of the way and instilling confidence in her teammates in all aspects of the game, on or off the ice. The 19U coaching staff could not be more proud of Nadia and we have no doubt that she will make an immediate impact for the Bearcats with her veteran like attitude. Congratulations to Nadia and her family!
Congratulations to senior 19U player, Savannah Faber. Savannah will be attending Iowa State University in the fall of 2015 to major in marketing and finance. Savannah will also play for the ISU ACHA Division II Women’s Hockey team, home of the 2014 ACHA D2 National Champions.
Congratulations to senior U19 goaltender Lauren Bennett on her recent commitment to Nichols College (Fall of 2015). After evaluating several options, Lauren decided to commit to Coach Wil Brown and the Bisons, who will compete in the ECAC East. Lauren has been an integral part of the Sabres Girl’s Hockey program for the past two years, backstopping the U19 team to both a State Championship and a Nationals appearance. She has continued to provide a strong presence in net for the Sabres this year. Lauren is an extremely hardworking individual both on and off the ice and her coaches are proud of her latest accomplishment of joining the NCAA Division III. The Sabres are very proud and excited for Lauren and her family.
Congratulations to Senior 19U Captain, Katie Iandoli, on her recent acceptance (Fall of 2015)into Michigan State University (MSU). After considering all of her options, Katie decided to join her brother at MSU and continue playing hockey for the Spartans. The MSU Women’s hockey program has both a Division 1 team and a Division 2 team that competes in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). Katie is an exceptionally hardworking player that never takes a shift off and continuously leads by example. The MSU Women’s Hockey Club is gaining an indispensable player as Katie joins their ranks.
This season Katie was nominated not only by the coaching staff to lead the 19U Sabres but also by her fellow peers. She was instrumental in facilitating team activities both on and off the ice and acting as a liaison between the players and the coaches. Katie led her team with her hard work and positive attitude to a Nationals Quarterfinal appearance, a State Championship, a Heartland League Championship, a Detroit Motown Cup Championship, a South Bend Indiana Tournament 2nd place, and a Nike-Bauer Semi-Final appearance. The 19U coaching staff is very proud of Katie’s accomplishments both on and off the ice and next year’s captain will have big shoes to fill! Congratulations to the Iandoli Family!
Congratulations to 19U Player, Kendall Turro! Kendall attends Northern Michigan University as a sports science major having chose NMU for it’s size, academics and its proximity to many outdoor activities. Kendall plays for the NMU Wildcats ACHA DII Women’s hockey team and has been one of their leading scorers during the 2015-16 season. The Wildcats recently won their league championship and are heading to Nationals! Sabre Girls Hockey wishes Kendall and the Wildcats good luck!