Meet the Phoenix: Softball Pitcher Katie Cooney Faces Adversity in Senior Campaign

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Release: April 15, 2011
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For the second time in her career, Cooney will work to overcome a knee injury

Editor's Note: Throughout the 2010-11 school year, junior women's tennis player Morgan Weuve will introduce Phoenix fans to some of her peers and fellow student-athletes. The Green Bay native will conduct interviews with various student-athletes and share her findings with feature stories on GreenBayPhoenix.com.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Senior softball player Katie Cooney (East Moline, Ill.) continues to battle through adversity in her final season as a Green Bay student-athlete.

"It's sad, but now that the end is in sight, all of the work that my team and I have put into the sport and this program is coming together," said Cooney. "It just makes every game that much more important to me."  

Cooney redshirted the 2008 season, her sophomore year at Green Bay, due to an injury called the "Unhappy Triad" which included a torn ACL, MCL and meniscus in her left knee. Cooney battled back from the injury and had an impressive 2009 season starting in over 40 games for the Phoenix and earning First-Team All-Horizon League honors.

Cooney had a strong start to her final season at Green Bay, pitching eight complete games while striking out 64 batters throughout 86 innings of work but now finds herself battling another injury. This time she has a partially torn ACL in her right knee.

"I plan on dealing with it one game at a time," said Cooney. "It may be sorer one day and less another but I plan on giving it all I have each inning because I don't know how many innings I will be able to last. This has really made me realize the importance of each inning."

Cooney plans to graduate in the spring of 2012 with a double major in accounting and business administration with an emphasis in finance.

Getting to know Katie Cooney...

On the field:

I first started playing softball when I was...six years old. I played on my sister's 10 and under team.

One part of my game that I would like to improve this season is...working through adversity.

My goal for myself this season is...to make it to the end of the season. I want to finish and finish strong.

My goal for the team this season is...to win the Horizon League tournament.

My funniest team memory is...from April Fools Day this year when the team moved Coach Rivett and Coach Robert's cars to a different parking lot. Coach Rivett had thought she made it the whole day without having an April fools joke played on her until she walked out into the parking lot.

Off the field:

The music that I listen to the most is...alternative stuff like Jack's Mannequin, Dave Matthews and Dashboard Confessional.

I have visited...Cancun.

For fun I...watch movies, hangout with friends, go to concerts and baseball games. Go Cubs!

When I have free time I...sort of sew. I just made a purse.

My favorite sport to play besides softball is...volleyball.

My favorite TV show is...The Office.

My favorite movies are...Man on Fire and Serendipity.

My favorite food is...sushi.

One food that I will not eat...is red meat.

On my perfect day...I would sleep until noon, then go to Door County and bike or kayak and then go to a concert at night.

The person I most admire is...my older sister who played softball at Bradley.

If I could learn to do anything, it would be...how to sew correctly.

One thing that makes me laugh the hardest is...Shannon Butts.

Cooney and the Phoenix will battle Horizon League opponents the remainder of the season. Green Bay will travel to Butler April 16 for a three-game series followed by a trip to Loyola on April 19. The Phoenix will return home Saturday, April 23, as it hosts Detroit in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. at Ben Garot Field.

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