Coaches are always in search of talented players for their squads. Talented players who bring certain intangibles with them, they hold an ever higher value.
Kyra Castano is one of those valuable players.
The senior has been one of the top scorers for Coughlin in recent seasons. Her ability to create offense led her to a new home for her field hockey career, one that feels … well, like home.
Castano signed a National Letter of Intent this week to attend St. Francis University as a member of the field hockey program.
“It felt like home when I went there, from the moment I stepped onto the campus,” Castano said of her visit to Loretto. “And the academic accomplishments of the team are amazing. The team as a whole has a GPA above 3.5 — that really stood out to me.
“I’m going from my family at Coughlin to my family at St. Francis.
Having the feeling of home and family in her future made the wait a singular experience. National Signing Day brought an excitement few days compare to.
“It was like the day before Christmas and the kid stays up all night waiting to get to their presents,” she said of the wait to make her decision official Wednesday.
The all-state honorable mention was the No 2 scorer for the Crusaders this season, posting eight goals and three assists for 19 points. She was a playmaker as well as a finisher inside the circle.
She’s also a winner. Over the past two seasons, the Crusaders were 17-1 when she was included in the scoring summary. When she was held without a point, Coughlin was only 10-10.
She chose the Red Flash after looking at places like Temple, Slippery Rock and Bloomsburg. St. Francis offers her a chance to major in business and minor in psychology, as she explores a future in human resources.
Castano will be part of the Wyoming Valley Conference’s most popular Division I landing spot.
“They have a lot of players from Lehman and one from Valley West,” Castano said of the seven WVC players on the 2013 roster. “I have oh so many memories from Coughlin, from our back-to-back district titles to my friends and coaches. I’ll definitely miss the humor of the team, too.”
About St. Francis
Nickname — Red Flash
Conference — Atlantic 10
2013 record — 8-8
WVC connections — Selena Adamshick, sophomore midfielder from Lake-Lehman; Lottie Chipego, senior midfielder/back from Lake-Lehman; Tori Frederick, freshman back from Lake-Lehman; Erica Johnson, senior back from Lake-Lehman; Michelle Lipski, sophomore forward/midfielder from Lake-Lehman; Nikki Snyder, junior midfielder from Lake-Lehman; Carly Gromel, freshman midfielder/back from Lake-Lehman; Riki Stefanides, freshman forward from Wyoming Valley West; Jaime Lipski, assistant coach from Lake-Lehman.
In the neighborhood — La Salle, St. Joseph’s, Lock Haven in league, Lehigh on non-conference slate in 2013.
DV’s Farrell to Bryant
Grace Farrell led Delaware Valley in goals and points in each of the past two seasons. The all-state honorable mention forward will take her game to Bryant University in Rhode Island.
The multi-sport standout led the Warriors field hockey team to the District 2 Class 3A championship game, scoring twice in the semifinal against Valley West. It was Delaware Valley’s first trip to the district final since 2003.
During her junior season, Farrell had a team-best nine goals and 22 points for Delaware Valley.
Nickname — Bulldogs
Conference — Metro Atlantic Athletic
2013 record — 11-7
WVC connections — None.
In the neighborhood — Rider, Monmouth and La Salle are closest opponents.
Trail’s Croasdale to Kutztown
Shelby Croasdale doesn’t take a season off at Lackawanna Trail. The multi-sport standout will see her field hockey career continue in college, as she signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Kutztown University.
Croasdale was a two-way factor for the Lions in the midfield, with two assists as a senior. She excelled in transition, halting opposition rushes and connecting on lead passes for Lackawanna Trail.
Nickname — Golden Bears
Conference — Pa. State Athletics Conf.
2013 record — 7-10
WVC connections — Madeline Dworak, sophomore forward from Pittston Area; Elly Skinner, senior midfielder/back from Honesdale; Liz Mikitish, freshman midfielder from Pittston Area
In the neighborhood — East Stroudsburg, Bloomsburg are closest opponents.