Senior forward Nate Scofield is looking to lead the Northfield boys’ hockey team to its third consecutive winning season.
Scofield is coming off a season in which he was the Raiders’ leading scorer with 33 goals and 22 assists. They finished with an overall record of 17-9.
Here is a closer look at Scofield, who is also a member of the golf team in the spring:
Q: What is the best movie you’ve seen in the last year?
Q: Three words my friends or teammates might use to describe me?
A: Energetic; talkative; determined.
Q: Three songs I never skip on my iPod are …
A: … “Lose Yourself” by Eminem, “Holy Grail” by Jay Z, and “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus.
Q: What are your three favorite apps?
A: Twitter; The Hockey News; and Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’12.
Q: Who do you like to follow the most on Twitter, and why?
A: Peoria Mustangs (@PeoriaMustangs) to keep tabs on my brother, Andrew, and see how he is doing. [The Mustangs are a Tier III Junior A hockey team in the North American 3 Hockey League.]
Q: How did you get started playing hockey?
A: My dad got me into hockey at a young age.
Q: At my first varsity practice, I felt …
A: ... exhausted, but still excited and nervous.
Q: What did you work on most prior to the start of the season?
A: Strength, speed and shot.
Q: What are your goals for the upcoming hockey season?
A: To finish in the top four in our section, and top three in the last year of the Missota Conference.
Q: What is your favorite meal prior to a game?
A: Spaghetti the night before, and Jimmy John’s the day of our game.
Q: What is your most memorable moment as a high school athlete?
A: Playing in the Class 1A, Section 1 final in 2012. [The Raiders lost to Rochester Lourdes 4-1 in the title game.]
Q: How do you balance school and sports during the year?
A: I try to get most of my school work done early, so I can focus on hockey when it’s finished.
Q: Who is your school’s biggest rival, and why?
A: I would say either Rochester Lourdes or Faribault. Rochester Lourdes because it has eliminated us from the section playoffs the last two years, and Faribault because it’s a border battle.
Q: If you could change one thing about high school sports, what would it be?
A: I wish the winter season would last longer, if not go all year.
Q: Who is your favorite college or pro sports team and why?
A: The Minnesota Gophers because they’re always one of the top teams in the nation, so it’s fun to watch.
Q: Do you have a secret talent — and if so, what is it?
A: I’m a very skilled Ping-Pong player.
Q: What is the best sports advice you ever received?
A: To keep working hard because there is always going to be someone better than you.