WVC field hockey preview: Power ranking system has teams ready to come out shooting

By Paul Sokoloski - [email protected]
With many returners from a team that played for the Class A state championship last season, Wyoming Seminary has its sights set on another WVC Division 1 and District 2 Class A title — and on some PIAA business the Blue Knights believe they left unfinished a year ago. - Bill Tarutis file photo | For Times Leader

At the conclusion of the Keystone State Games, Lake-Lehman coach Jean Lipski gathered the field hockey team she had just guided to a silver medal performance and playfully implored players she’ll soon face as high school opponents to back off a bit when they play her Black Knights.

Fat chance.

Not with defending District 2 champions Wyoming Valley West and Wyoming Seminary bringing back plenty of firepower from last year’s state runner-up finishes and trying to get back some glory they felt was lost.

Not with perennial Division 2 power Holy Redeemer moving up to Division 1 to join the likes of Sem, Valley West and Lake-Lehman.

Not with Coughlin playing the final season of its stories field hockey program, before bonding with players from Meyers and GAR next year as the Wilkes-Barre Area School district consolidates into one juncture and one team.

And certainly not with the sport’s new power ranking system — which factors in strength of opponents, similar to the one used in high school football — determining the District 2 playoff field in each of field hockey’s three classes.

“It’s going to be a lot of hard work to get where we want to go,” Valley West coach Linda Fithian said.

That’s for sure.

Just start with the new way to determine playoff teams and seeds — a complicated formula that, at its simplest, awards more points for beating teams that play schedules loaded with winning opponents than it does for beating competitors who play against mediocre or weaker competition.

“With the point system, it could be tough for us,” said Wyoming Seminary coach Karen Klassner, whose team will play non-league games against the likes of national powers Eastern (from Voorhees, N.J.), Sacred Heart (from Kentucky) Selinsgrove and Vestal, N.Y., which could factor into their postseason seeding. “Our schedule’s brutal.”

It may not get much easier for anyone, since Holy Redeemer — after going 24-0 while winning Division 2 the past season seasons — was moved up to Division 1, while Lackawanna Trail and Tunkhannock both dropped to Division 2.

The Royals may not go unbeaten for a third straight year while playing against bigger schools and tougher competition, but they’re up for the challenge after winning a District 2 silver medal in 2016 and finishing in the district’s final four last year.

“I’m expecting to have a few losses, but I don’t think we’ll have too many,” said Redeemer third-year coach Maura Waskevich, who went by Maura McCormick until she was married during the offseason. “We still have a strong team. We’re excited for the challenge.”

The Royals won’t have to wait long for a stern test. They host Lipski’s four-time District 2 finalist and state playoff team Lake-Lehman, which defeated Redeemer for the 2016 Class 2A district crown and again in last year’s Class A district semifinals, in Tuesday’s second game of the league season.

But at the very least, the move should stop some complaining from Class A coaches who viewed the Royals as having an unfair advantage in district seeding during the past two seasons. While Redeemer was beating up on lesser quality in Division 2 and going 12-0 to earn the district’s No. 1 seed in 2016 and No. 2 last year, Class A teams in the WVC’s Division 1 pretty much had to go unbeaten — as Sem did last season — through a 14-game league schedule. That’s because past district seedings were based solely on record.

The new power ranking system should help take care of that, but so will Redeemer’s shift into Division 1.

“I like getting the chance to play Redeemer,” Klassner said. “A lot of people felt they needed to move up, just to see if they can hang with the top division. Which, I think they will.”

More change is certainly in store for 2019, when Meyers and GAR will no longer exist in the WVC’s Division 2 and combine with Coughlin — a move that stands a very good chance to sending the new juncture out of the Class 2A ranks and into Class 3A and will make some fierce competition for jobs among players from three programs.

“I just want to see these kids get better,” Coughlin coach Colleen Wood said. “They’re going to be competing for spots next year.”

The beginning of the end starts Wednesday for Coughlin, which opens at 4:15 p.m. at Wyoming Area against Lauren Parente and a Warriors team that started 6-0 last year before faltering down the stretch.

But while junior scorers Jolene Ulichney, Abie Sorokas and the rest of the Crusaders try to make this year a super swan song for Coughlin, two powers sitting at the top of Division 1 are still bothered by how their title dreams of a year ago came to a screeching halt.

Returners Rina Tsioles, Karaline Stelma, Cameron Forgash and Sydney Rusnock are on a mission to win their second straight District 2 title and take their 2-1 loss in the 2017 PIAA Class 2A title game a step farther.

One step at a time, their coach cautions.

“It’s just a game-by-game,” insists Fithian, a recent inductee into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame. “We’re not looking that far ahead. Last year is last year. We were a senior-laden team last year. The girls who are back are so humble. We have to keep working hard.”

Same for Sem, the defending WVC Division 1 and District 2 Class A champ which brings a plethora of key players back from its 2-0 loss in the 2017 state final, including scoring machines Kelsey Reznick, Aubrey Mytych, Alex Wesneski and Hannah Maxwell.

“I don’t think I have to preach anything. They feel they want to try to get back,” Klassner said. “To go (to the state title game) two years in a row is no easy task. I’ve told our kids they’ve got to go through our league first.

“We realize we play in one of the best conferences in the state and must go out every game and play as if it is for a championship.”

DIVISION 1

(In predicted order of finish)

1. WYOMING SEMINARY

Coach: Karen Klassner, 46th season

PIAA Class: Class A

2017 record: 14-0 WVC Division 1 (1st place); 19-1 overall (1st place District 2 Class A, 2nd place PIAA Class A)

2017 postseason: Defeated Nanticoke Area, 14-1, District 2 quarterfinals; Defeated Northwest 11-1, District 2 semifinals; Defeated Lake-Lehman, 2-0, District 2 championship; Defeated Tulpehocken 10-1, PIAA first round; Defeated New Hope-Solebury, 3-1, PIAA quarterfinals; Defeated Oley Valley, 2-0, PIAA semifinals; Lost to Greenwood, 2-1, PIAA championship.

Key players lost: F Alicia Carr (Syracuse); Def. Camryn Litjens (New College of the Humanities, London, England); Def. Emily Sims

Key players returning: Sr. Def. Kate Barilla; Sr. Mid Aubrey Mytych (Penn State commit); Jr. F Hannah Maxwell (Wake Forest commit); Sr. Mid Kelsey Reznick (Duke commit); Jr. Mid Bari Lefkowitz (Northwestern commit); Jr. Mid Alex Wesneski (Iowa commit); Jr. F Julia Christian; So. G Mia Magnotta; Jr. Def. Dani Reiser; So. Mid Grace Parsons.

Key additions: Fr. Def. Anna Mozeleski; Fr. Def. Maggie Barilla

Coach’s Outlook: “Our team feels the pressure of being on everyone’s radar after a very successful 2017 season. However, we know it is a new year, and we have been working exceptionally hard in the preseason. We are looking forward to the upcoming season and we have high expectations for this group of athletes. Time will tell if we are up for the challenge.”

2. WYOMING VALLEY WEST

Coach: Linda Fithian, 23rd season

PIAA Class: Class 2A

2017 record: 13-1 WVC Division 1 (2nd place); 18-2 overall (1st place District 2 Class 2A, 2nd place PIAA Class 2A).

2017 postseason: Defeated Wallenpaupack, 6-0, District 2 semifinals; Defeated Crestwood, 2-0, District 2 championship; Defeated Upper Perkiomen, 2-1, PIAA first round; Defeated Selinsgrove, 3-1, PIAA quaterfinals; Defeated Donegal, 1-0, PIAA semifinals; Lost to Villa Maria, 2-1, PIAA championship.

Key players lost: Def. Madison Woods (Penn), F Mercedes Jasterzenski (Hofstra), F Foto Tsioles (Bloomsburg), Def. Cali Edwards (Bloomsburg), Mid Irelyn Sullivan (Mansfield), G Nikki Hartzel (Delaware Valley), Def. Leah Romanowski (SUNY-Oswego)

Key players returning: Sr. F Karaline Stelma; So. F Cameron Forgash; Jr. Mid Rina Tsioles; Jr. G Sydney Rusnock; Sr. Mid Emily Latoski; Sr. F Elizabeth Ruff; So. Mid Jillian Bonczewski

Key newcomers: Jr. Def. Brooke Pileggi; Jr. F Avery Heckman; So. Def. Olivia Gayoski

Coach’s Outlook: “Last year is last year. We want to be successful in the classroom and out on the field. It’s going to take a lot of hard work to get where we want to go.”

3. WYOMING AREA

Coach: Erin McGinley, 2nd season

PIAA Class: Class A

2017 record: 8-6 WVC Division 1 (7th place); 8-7 overall

2017 postseason: Lost to Lake-Lehman, 1-0, District 2 quarterfinals

Key players returning: Jr. F Lauren Parente; Sr. F Kayla Kiwak; Sr. Def. Abby Gober; Jr. Mid Kari Melberger; Jr. Mid Cassidy Orzel; Jr. G Ellie Glatz; Jr. Def. Morgan Beppler; Sr. Mid Bailey Grossi

Key additions: Fr. F Toni Minichello; Fr. Def. Megan Beppler; Fr. Mid Mackenzie Switzer

Coach’s Outlook: “We told the kids from the get-go that the expectations on them were higher and there’s going to be more pressure on them because people recognize how well our season went last year,” McGinley said. “A lot of people didn’t expect us to do much, but people know that we’re bringing up a strong freshman class.”

4. COUGHLIN

Coach: Colleen Wood, 22nd season

PIAA Class: Class 2A

2017 record: 9-5 WVC Division 1 (6th place); 9-6 overall.

2017 postseason: Lost to Wallenpaupack, 1-0 in OT, District 2 quarterfinals.

Key players lost: F Hannah Rushkowski, Mid Michelle Telenchia

Key players returning: Jr. F Jolene Ulichney; Jr. F Abie Sorokas; Jr. G Briannah Lee; Jr. Mid Ali Tedik (Temple commit); Jr. Def. Morgan Gayton; So. F Julia Allabaugh; Sr. F Ashley Chase; Sr. F Bailey Cunningham; Jr. Mid Candladia Washinski; So. Mid Kaia Stets; Jr. Def. Jordan Pugh; So. F Hannah Chacolo; Jr. Def. Raven Bozek

Coach’s Outlook: “I want to see these girls all step up. We only have two seniors. I just want to see these kids get better. They’re going to be competing for spots next year.”

5. HOLY REDEEMER

Coach: Maura Waskevich, 3rd season

PIAA Class: Class A

2017 record: 12-0 WVC Division 2 (1st place); 13-1 overall

2017 postseason: Defeated Hanover Area, 7-0, District 2 quarterfinals; Lost to Lake-Lehman, 1-0, District 2 semifinals.

Key players lost: F Leah Mullery (Lehigh), F Kayla Kruk (Sacred Heart), Mid Jesse Ornoski (Shippensburg), Def. Madison Zulkoski (Mercy College)

Key players returning: Sr. F McKenna Dolan (Fairfield commit); Jr. Mid Caton Fahey; Jr. Def. Lauren Mullery; Jr. Mid Kayla Serafin; Jr. G Meredythe Baird; So. F Addison Bielski

Key addition: Fr. Mid Lauren Kane

Coach’s Outlook: “We are excited for the strong competition this season. We have some unknowns both position wise and the teams we will be going against, but are excited for the challenge. We are staying focused on the process of building better field hockey players technically and with their decision-making.”

6. LAKE-LEHMAN

Coach: Jean Lipski, 35th season

PIAA Class: Class A

2017 record: 12-2 WVC Division 1 (3rd place); 15-4 overall (District 2nd place)

2017 postseason: Defeated Wyoming Area, 1-0, District 2 quarterfinals; Defeated Holy Redeemer, 1-0, District 2 semifinals; Lost to Wyoming Seminary, 2-0, District 2 championship; Lost to Newport, 1-0, PIAA first round.

Key players lost: Mid Lynea Gregory (Virginia Commonwealth), G Alicia Galasso (Quinnipiac), Mid Makayla Adams (Quinnipiac), F Madison Klopp (Mansfield), F Izzy Radel (Kutztown)

Key players returning: Sr. Def. Hunter Kline; Sr. F Katie Roberts; Jr. Def. Emma Hoats; Jr. Mid Madeline Newman Hr, Def. Mackenzie Lasinski; Jr. G Amy Supey; So. F Ava Radel

Key additions: Jr. Def. Sierra Spencer; Jr. F Alana Antonello; So. Def. Madeline Stuart; So. Def. Anika Meeker; So. F Lindsay Sayre; Fr. Mid Madison Lasinski; Fr. F Coley Leo

Coach’s Outlook: ”We have a young team, but a highly motivated group of young ladies. They want to learn and improve. Every day the coaching staff comments on their ability to grow more skilled, develop more speed, and understand the game.”

7. CRESTWOOD

Coach: Patsy Moratori, 6th season

PIAA Class: Class 2A

2017 record: 10-4 WVC Division 1 (T-4th place); 13-7 overall (2nd place District 2)

2017 postseason: Defeated Dallas, 2-1, District 2 semifinals; Lost to Wyoming Valley West, 2-0, District 2 championship; Lost to Twin Valley, 5-1, PIAA first round.

Key players lost: Def. Katie Karpinski (St. Joseph’s University), Def. Lauren Shiplett, F Arden Morgans (Bloomsburg)

Key playes returning: Sr. F Mackenzie Kile (Bucknell commit); Sr. Mid Emma Colo; Sr. Mid Emma Janosczyk

Coach’s Outlook: “We have some players with a lot of experience. With their leadership and guidance, we plan to work hard, improve a lot, and make a strong run during the postseason.”

8. DALLAS

Coach: Kylie Fisher, 11th season

PIAA Class: Class 2A

2017 record: 10-4 WVC Division 1 (T-4th place); 11-5 overall

2017 postseason: Defeated Honesdale, 2-1, District 2 quarterfinals; Lost to Crestwood, 2-1, District 2 semifinals.

Key players lost: G Mindy Ratchford, Def. Bryce VanDeutsch, Def. Maria Ostrum, Mid Samantha Banks (Susquehanna University)

Key players returning: Sr. Mid Emily Farrell (Penn State commit); Sr. F Hannah Yanovich; Sr. F Grace Young; Sr. Mid Adie McClain; Sr. Mid Lauren Delamater; Sr. Def. Sydney Strickland

Key additions: Sr. Def. Alexis Lanza; So. G Amanda Puza; Jr. F Shannan Barrett; Jr. F Maddie Pertl; So. Mid Hanna Oldt; So. Def. Lexi Strobel; So. Def. Grace Letwinsky

Coach’s Outlook: “This season, we have one of the largest teams in my time at Dallas. We had a lot of girls working hard in the offseason. We hope to see that hard work transfer over into the regular season. We have a great group of seniors who are ready to lead the team and a nice group of returning players who can help fill the holes left behind from graduation. We hope to grow from every game and be in contention for districts.

9. HAZLETON AREA

Coach: Mary Kelly, 18th season

PIAA Class: Class 3A

2017 record: 6-8 WVC Division 1 (9th place); 6-9 overall (2nd place District 2)

2017 postseason: Lost to Delaware Valley, 1-0 in OT, District 2/6 semifinals

Key players lost: F Megan Reed (Brown), F Laura Bayzick (Wilkes), Mid Mikayla Cavenas (Misercordia), Def. Meleah Hoats

Key players returning: Sr. G Jenna Corra; Sr. F Jordan Minzola; Jr. Def. Kaitlyn Diehl; Jr. F Jillian Buchman; Jr. Mid Taylor Buchman; So. Mid Gabrielle Cavenas; So. Def. Angellina Filler; So. Def. Riley Hudock

Key additions: Fr. Def. Jillian Kringe; Fr. Mid. Amelia Bredbenner; Fr. F Mia Dremock

Coach’s outlook: “We are a very young team this year with 75 percent of our roster being freshmen and sophomores. What we lack in experience, we will make up for with heart and an exceptional work ethic. We are excited to begin the season looking to improve with each contest.”

10. DELAWARE VALLEY

Coach: Lindsay Gonzalez, 7th season

PIAA Class: Class 3A

2017 record: 4-9-1 WVC Division 1 (10th place); 6-10-1 overall (1st place District 2/4)

2017 postseason: Defeated Lackawanna Trail, 2-1, District 2/6 quarterfinals; Defeated Hazleton Area, 1-0 in OT, District 2/6 semifinals; Defeated State College, 3-2, District 2/6 championship; Lost to Central Bucks East, 9-0, PIAA 1st round

Outlook: Senior Brenna Cavallaro and juniors Skylar Padgett and Addy Ross form a strong nucleus returning from a Warriors team that finished strong last season —and with a District 2/6 Class 3A title.

11. WALLENPAUPACK

Coach: Maria Miller, 5th season

PIAA Class: Class 2A

2017 record: 6-7-1 WVC Division 1 (8th place); 7-8-1 overall

2017 postseason: Defeated Coughlin, 1-0 in overtime, District semifinals; Lost to Wyoming Valley West, 6-0, District championship.

Key players lost: F Margo DePatie, Mid Jenny Langan, F Laura Carr, Mid Alissa Alexander, Def. Victoria Rojas

Outlook: Madison Schmalzle, Isabella Calabrese and Kayla Prestianni are the only seniors on a Buckhorns team that is young, but dangerous.

12. HONESDALE

Coach: Carly Propst, 3rd season

PIAA Class: Class A

2017 record: 3-11 WVC Division 1 (T-12th place); 4-12 overall

2017 postseason: Defeated Abington Heights, 1-0, District 2 play-in game; Lost to Dallas, 2-1, District 2 quarterfinals.

Key players lost: Mid Corinne Wohlmaker (Keystone College), Def. Leah Jay, F Ellie Redick, G Brianna Potter

Key players returning: Sr. F Nicole Longman; Sr. Mid Brooke Gardas; Jr. Def. Amanda Gunuskey; Jr. Mid Chloe Nicolini; Jr. F Chloe Fox

Key additions: Fr. F Katy Corcoran; Fr. Mid Nicole Miszler; Fr. F Rowan Murray

Coach’s Outlook: “I have an optimistic attitude about this upcoming season. We lost four senior starters last year to graduation, which includes our goal keeper. Although we may be young this upcoming season with 11 incoming freshmen, expect strong leadership and aggressive play on the field from our senior and junior starting returners.“

13. ABINGTON HEIGHTS

Coach: Samantha Krut, 1st season

PIAA Class: Class 2A

2017 record: 3-11 WVC Division 1 (T-12th place); 3-12 overall

2017 postseason: Lost to Honesdale, 1-0, District 2 play-in game

Key players lost: Reilly Bialko (University of New Haven)

Key players returning: Sr. F Schuyler Smith; Sr. G Ashlynn Fitzgerald; Sr. Def. Audrey Cottell; Sr. F Phoebe Sebring; Sr. F Mamie Dempsey; Jr. F Dani Beamish; So. F Caroline Kelly; So. F Catherine Anne Kupinski; Jr. Mid Arla Davis; Jr. Mid Erin Albright; So. Mid Shaelyn Kobrynich

Coach’s Outlook: “We need to work as a unit as opposed to focusing on a single position. Our backfield has been pushing up a lot more than last year and we moved some players around so we can play more offensively. The girls are learning how to work together to put more goals in the cage.”

14. PITTSTON AREA

Coach: Kaitlyn Connors, 1st year

PIAA Class: Class 2A

2017 record: 2-12 WVC Division 1 (14th place)

Key players lost: Mid Hannah Robbins (King’s College), F Bailey Jordan (King’s College)

Key players returning: Sr. Def. Gabby Wassel; Sr. G Avery Struckel; Jr. Mid Gaby Para; Jr. Def. Hannah Waleski

Key additions: Fr. F Tori Para; Fr. F Mia Marriggi

Coach’s Outlook: “It’s been a great preseason, we have a lot of depth and players competing for playing time. They’re pushing each other and I’m excited to see the production this season. We’re strong through the middle and our offensive attack is solid. We have experience in the back, with 2 returning defensive starters and a senior goalie. We anticipate a strong season, competing until the end.“

DIVISION 2

(In predicted order of finish)

1. LACKAWANNA TRAIL

Coach: Gary Wilmet, 2nd season

PIAA Class: Class 2A

2017 record: 4-10 WVC Division 1 (11th place); 9-4-1 league, 12-6-1 overall

2017 postseason: Lost to Delaware Valley, 2-1, District 2/4 Class 3A quarterfinals

Key players lost:

Key players returning: Sr. F Sam Baltrusaitis; Sr. Mid Rachael Beemer; Sr. Def. Cali Raiquier; Jr. Def. Willow Burnell; Jr. F Bella Jagoe; So. Mid Belle Coleman; So . Mid Morgan Gaust; So. F Liz Litwin; So. Def. Liv Rosengrant

Key newcomers: Sr. Lili Martin; Fr. Abby Fahey; Fr. Dariane Jones; Fr. Maggie Martin; Fr Emma Oswald; Fr. Jo Paulucci; Fr. Lilly Rejrat; Fr. Jordan Spencer; Fr. Amaralis Thiel

Coach’s Outlook: “We have changed from (Class) 3A to 2A and have moved from Division 1 to Division 2 in the WVC. Even though we are a young team, we return a lot of experience. Our practices have been energetic and competitive. I believe we will compete for the Division 2 championship.”

2. NORTHWEST

Coach: Ashley Lawson, 7th season

PIAA Class: Class A

2017 record: 8-3-1 WVC Division 2 (2nd place); 9-4-1 overall

2017 postseason: Defeated Berwick, 1-0 in OT, District 2 quarterfinals; Lost to Wyoming Seminary, 11-1, District 2 semifinals.

Key players lost: F Reilly Bialko (University of New Haven)

Key players returning: Jr. F Sydney Franchella; Jr. F Ariana Walker; Sr. Mid Kendra Saxton; Sr. Def. Kelsey Jones

Key additions: Jr. F Irelyn Kishbaugh; Fr. Def. Alaina Carle; So. Mid Lauren Okuniewski

Coach’s Outlook: “Our eyes are definitely on the post-season. We have a strong returning forward line with plenty of experience to help us achieve our goal of a division championship and district playoffs.”

3. HANOVER AREA

Coach: Jocelyn Holodick-Reed, 4th season

PIAA Class: Class A

2017 record: 5-6-1 WVC Division 2 (4th place); 5-7-1 overall

2017 postseason: Lost to Holy Redeemer, 7-0, District 2 quarterfinals

Key players lost: F Brooke Stevens, Def. Devin Karpovich

Key returning players: Sr. F Sara Whitesell; Sr. F. Sharon Monahan; Sr. Mid Gina Hensley; Sr. Mid Ashleigh Carbohn; Sr. Mid Emilee Bobos; Sr. Def. Kelsey Henahan; Sr. Def. Marissa O’Brien; Sr. Def. Melissa O’Brien; Sr. G Alyssa Wivel; Sr. G Rebecca Merth; Jr. Mid Rhiannon Danko; Jr. Mid Abby Korba

Key newcomer: Sr. Def. Hailey Love

Coach’s Outlook: “We have a lot of seniors coming back. It’s great, but next year’s going to be scary. We definitely have our sights set on playoffs again. It’ll be interesting to see how these new power rankings will play into it.”

4, BERWICK

Coach: Amy Daniels, 2nd season

PIAA Class: Class A

2017 record: 8-4 WVC Division 2 (3rd place); 8-5 overall

2017 postseason: Lost to Northwest, 1-0 in OT, District 2 quarterfinals

Outlook: Junior Abbie Nevel and seniors Kaylee Houser and Nadia Lombardi should have the Bulldogs in the thick of what should be an entertaining fight for first place in Division 2.

5. NANTICOKE AREA

Coach: Marnie Kusakavitch, 1st season

PIAA Class: Class A

2017 record: 3-8-1 WVC Division 2 (T-5th place); 4-9-1 overall

2017 postseason: Defeated Meyers, 3-1, District 2 play-in game; Lost to Wyoming Seminary, 14-1, District 2 quarterfinals

Key players lost:

Key players returning: Sr. G Jill Maute; Sr. Mid Veronica Penko; Jr. F Mackenzie Casey; Jr. Mid Amanda Margalski; Jr. F Madison Stashak; So. F Olivia Nice; So. Mid Sy’raia Maney

Outlook: The Trojanettes made the district playoffs for the first time in four years by winning a play-in game this season. With a whole roster of key contributors returning, getting to the postseason shouldn’t be as difficult this time around.

6. TUNKHANNOCK

Coach: Jillian Weaver, 1st season

PIAA Class: Class 2A

2017 record: 0-14 WVC Division 1 (15th place); 0-14 overall

Key players lost: Quinlan Hammersley, Laurel Hopfer, Sarah Seward, Emily Bernosky

Key players returning: Sr. Def. Grace Harding; Sr. Mid Shannon Green; Sr. Mid Erica O’Hara; Jr. F Ashley Griffin; Jr. F Sophie Burke

Key additions: So. Mid Erin Weaver; So. F Lily Fetterman; Fr. Def. Emily Weaver

Coach’s Outlook: “We are hopeful to bounce back from a winless season last year, and rebuild with the incoming group. The team has the heart and potential to have a season filled with goals and wins, of which progress is already evident.”

7. MEYERS

Coach: Allison Banks, 4th season

PIAA Class: Class A

2017 record: 3-8-1 WVC Division 2 (T-5th place); 3-9-1 overall

2017 postseason: Lost to Nanticoke Area, 3-1, District 2 play-in game

Outlook: After two straight seasons of playoff experience, senior Lauren Okuniewski, junior Alaina Carle and goalie Olivia Jackson will try to help the Mohawks make one final postseason bid before becoming one Wilkes-Barre team.

8. GAR

Coach: Hannah Beach, 2nd season

PIAA Class: Class A

2017 record: 1-11 WVC Division 2 (7th place); 1-11 overall

Outlook: Haley Ford and goalie Reilly Holden helped the Grenadiers snap a 26-game league losing streak last year. Can they get another win before the merger?

With many returners from a team that played for the Class A state championship last season, Wyoming Seminary has its sights set on another WVC Division 1 and District 2 Class A title — and on some PIAA business the Blue Knights believe they left unfinished a year ago.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_TTL110117FHLL-Sem_1-CMYK-1.jpgWith many returners from a team that played for the Class A state championship last season, Wyoming Seminary has its sights set on another WVC Division 1 and District 2 Class A title — and on some PIAA business the Blue Knights believe they left unfinished a year ago. Bill Tarutis file photo | For Times Leader
Expect WVC field hockey teams to come out shooting as power ranking system hits the sport

By Paul Sokoloski

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The name of Wyoming Seminary’s Alex Wesneski was mistakenly omitted from the 2017 Times Leader Field Hockey All-Star team. Wesneski was selected as a second-team forward as a sophomore last season.

Reach Paul Sokoloski at 570-991-6392 or on Twitter @TLPaulSokoloski

Reach Paul Sokoloski at 570-991-6392 or on Twitter @TLPaulSokoloski