Field­hock­eypre­views

North Penn Life - - Sports -

North Penn

• Coach: Shan­non Mc­Cracken (first sea­son)

• Last year’s record: 16-7 over­all (12-5 in the Subur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence)

• No­table losses: Em­i­lie Ikeda, Shan­non Keen, Bobby Dougherty, Ju­lia­mae Marger, Carly Pickford, Kelly Col­bridge, Laura DeLongis

• Key re­turnees: Se­niors – Michelle Hol­weger, Alexa Gable, Laura Squic­cia­rini; Ju­niors – Shan­non Tal­bot, Ka­t­rina Marger

• Oth­ers to watch: Se­niors – Emma Lau­rens, Sarah Galang, Jill Har­ring­ton, Erika Mys­lin­ski, Jess Wag­ner; Ju­niors – Juliana Hill, Chessa Kownurko; Sopho­mores – Casey O’Donnell, Amanda Laes­sig, Frankie Tos­sona

• Strengths: The Maid­ens have good speed on the for­ward line and tal­ent in the mid­field. Coach Mc­Cracken is im­pressed with the shape the girls came into camp in, as it shows their good work ethic.

• Ques­tion marks: The Maid­ens are com­ing off a large grad­u­at­ing class and this year’s team will be young. A lot will de­pend on how quickly the new play­ers can step into their role and gel on the field.

• Out­look: The Maid­ens ex­pect to be com­pet­i­tive in coach Mc­Cracken’s first sea­son. She says, “The team has worked hard and the un­der­class­men are step­ping into im­por­tant roles. It will be key for Hol­weger and Gable to lead the de­fense and Tal­bot to lead the mid­field.”

Pen­nridge

• Coach: Nikki Thren (three sea­sons) • Last year’s record: 7-11 over­all (3-11 in the Subur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence) • No­table losses: Sarah Yerk • Key re­turnees: Se­nior –Anas­ta­sia Matz; Ju­niors – Addy Mar­shall, Melissa Herd, Kelly Wolff, Madi­son Reiss

• Oth­ers to watch: Ju­nior – Ben Van Pelt; Sopho­more – Kari Moyer

• Strengths: The Rams are en­cour­aged play as hard they have worked in the off­sea­son and they large amount of play­ers that come back af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a sea­son at the var­sity level.

• Ques­tion marks: The Rams are con­sid­er­ing in­stalling a new sys­tem and if they de­cide to go that route it will be con­cern to how quickly they can pick up the new schemes. The Rams need to con­nect the dots and if the tal­ent can come to­gether it should be an ex­cit­ing sea­son.

• Out­look: The Rams have con­tin­ued to im­prove as a team throughout the first two sea­sons un­der coach Thren and they hope to keep mov­ing the right di­rec­tion and fin­ish with more wins than the pre­vi­ous sea­son.

Soud­er­ton

• Coach: Lauren White­side (first sea­son)

• Last year’s record: 14-5 over­all (11-3 in the Subur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence)

• No­table losses: Alayna Brown, Court­ney Brad­shaw, Rachel Valen­tine, Tay­lor Yoder, Mor­gan Brozena

• Key re­turnees: Se­niors – Alyssa Ziegler, Caro­line Erkes, Ta­batha Al­mond, Bekah Her­shey; Ju­niors – Abbey Gabriel, Meghan Mc­Der­mott, Jen Bergey

• Oth­ers to watch: Se­nior – Kayla Ruth; Sopho­more – Jess Ziegler

• Strengths: The In­di­ans have a solid group of girls that work ex­tremely well to­gether on and off the field. Their strength lies within the mid­field be­cause of its ex­pe­ri­ence and lead­er­ship abil­i­ties.

• Ques­tion marks: Coach White­side is in the process of tak­ing the re­la­tion­ship she made dur­ing her years as an as­sis­tant coach and im­prov­ing those as the new head coach. The In­di­ans are slowly, but surely fig­ur­ing out what she is ex­pect­ing.

• Out­look: Coach White­side said, “As we look to fill po­si­tions to grad­u­at­ing se­niors, our vet­eran play­ers will be key in help­ing to con­nect the pieces. We worked hard in the off­sea­son and with strong lead­er­ship and the team’s en­thu­si­asm to bring out the best in each other. We are look­ing for­ward to be­ing a com­pet­i­tive team this year in the league.”

Christo­pher Dock

• Coach: Michelle Wald­spurger (first sea­son) • Last year’s record: 7-11 over­all • No­table losses: Me­gan Bolton, Ash­ley Cle­mens, Bri­anna Kauff­man, Lynell Lein­bach, Mon­ica Roth

• Key re­turnees: Se­niors – Tay­lor Sch­woyer, Bai­ley Balmer, Joanna Benner, Han­nah Bergey; Ju­nior – Kar­a­lyn Sch­midt; Sopho­more – Mat­ta­syn Shisler

• Oth­ers to watch: Se­niors – Paige Souder, Lind­say Greger, Marissa Souder; Ju­niors – Brielle Alder­fer, Janae Kauff­man, Jooli Hansen, Mariah Den­linger; Sopho­more – Emily Der­s­tine

• Strengths: The Pi­o­neers are deep on of­fense. The depth should help keep them fresh and po­tent late into games. They ex­pect to score more goals than they have in re­cent years.

• Ques­tion marks: The Pi­o­neers lost a lot of de­fen­sive play­ers to grad­u­a­tion. It will be a process to groom new play­ers to play in the back and to keep the scor­ing of the other team to a min­i­mum.

• Out­look: Coach Wald­spurger said, “I am ex­cited to be back at my high school (the 1995 grad­u­ate) and I am ex­cited about the up­com­ing sea­son. The girls have been work­ing hard since April when I took over the pro­gram. My as­sis­tant coach Pam Sherry and ath­letic di­rec­tor Tim Ehst have made this a smooth tran­si­tion.” The Pi­o­neers are hop­ing to im­prove on the seven wins from a sea­son ago.

Hat­boro-Hor­sham

• Coach: Laura Swezey (sec­ond sea­son)

• Last year’s record: 7-8-1 (6-7-1 in the Subur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence)

• No­table losses: Ni­cole Beck, Cort­nee Da­ley, Caro­line Ha­gan, Julie McKay, Val Sad­owl, Mad­die Wa­gen­feld

• Key re­turnees: Se­nior – Robyn Bar­bell; Ju­niors – Car­lee Bal­dus, Colby Eldridge, Jane Henry, Rachel Rausal; Sopho­mores – Jenna Cu­tilli, Casey Swezey

• Oth­ers to watch: Sopho­more – Emily Braunewell; Fresh­man – Kelsy Hop­kins

• Strengths: While the ath­leti­cism bodes well, it is the team chem­istry and pos­i­tive at­ti­tude that will sep­a­rate the Lady Hat­ters from the other tal­ented teams in the area.

• Ques­tion marks: Af­ter los­ing six Division One ath­letes, the big­gest thing is a void in lead­er­ship. Some of the girls who were able sit back and watch the se­niors of last year be the voice of the team will have to take charge this year.

• Out­look: Los­ing a tal­ented se­nior class like the Hat­ters did is tough to re­bound from, but the Hat­ters are stay­ing pos­i­tive and look­ing to im­prove as the sea­son pro­gresses. They have a lot of good ath­letes who could grow into great field hockey play­ers quickly.

Lans­dale Catholic

• Coach: Stephen Alpuche (first sea­son) • Last year’s record: 2-12 over­all • No­table losses: Alexis Mitchell, Katie Diplacido, Lauren Ec­celo­ton

• Key re­turnees: Se­niors – Ali Balu­arte, Sam Ger­hard, Kath­leen Difere­diando

• Oth­ers to watch: Ju­niors – Jules Hill, Ju­lia Cilib­er­tio; Sopho­more – Bri­anna Suskie

• Strengths: The Cru­saders have a great at­ti­tude and it stems from great lead­ers in the se­nior class. No mat­ter what chal­lenges are ahead, the girls are ready to take it on.

• Ques­tion marks: The Cru­saders are still in the process of im­prov­ing their goal­tend­ing sit­u­a­tion.

• Out­look: The Cru­saders had big num­bers at tryouts, which bodes well for the fu­ture. This year, as they continue to build up the pro­gram, they are just hop­ing to im­prove their win to­tal from a sea­son ago.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.