Academic All-State Field Hockey Team
Jenna Butzek, Amanda Coughlin, Kelly Kuzminski
Trojan Field Hockey Team loses a heartbreaker to
End their season at 13-4 - GREAT SEASON!!!
Stick Gals topple Bishop O'Reilly for a district play-in game
Greater Nanticoke Area 2, Bishop OReilly 1
Kati Nearhouse scored off a direct shot with
11:26 left in regulation to lift Nanticoke, the top-seed out of Division
II, over Bishop OReilly, the sixth seed, in a play-in game in
the D2 Class 2A tournament.
Nearhouse opened the scoring 25 seconds into
the second half. Kathleen Garrity tied the game about six minutes
Nanticoke will travel to No. 4 Lake-Lehman
to play in the first-round of the tournament at 6:30 p.m. Thursday,
Trojans tough out win
Nanticoke keeper Cooney made 15 saves despite first-half knee injury.
Nanticoke goalie Catherine Cooney fell as she went
to make a save. She heard something in her left knee pop, so she stayed
on the ground.
It gave GAR time to get behind her and score
the only goal Cooney would allow in a 3-1 win over the visiting Grenadiers
in a Wyoming Valley Conference crossover game on Wednesday.
But Cooney doesnt deserve fault for the
I just fell back, and they played it
out, basically, she said.
Cooney stopped 15 shots in the win, including
four in the games final four minutes. She swatted a dangerous
one away with her right glove, and she collided with GARs Shara
Brown while saving another. Cooney was on the ground, throwing herself
there to stop the next shot.
Her final save was kicked away with under a
Her knee didnt look like it was affecting
But, she admitted: I got hurt.
Nanticoke (9-3) cant afford to lose Cooney.
Not now. She has three solo shutouts and one shared shutout. But the
latter was with Kyra Wiaterowski, who is no longer on the team.
The Trojans have four games left, and they
need Cooney in the cage. Shes one of the reasons the Trojans
are on the path for their first District 2 playoff appearance since
1978, according to athletic director Jerry Bavitz.
We want to have a successful season and
go to districts, said Nanticokes Kati Nearhouse.
Nearhouse was one of the big players in Wednesdays
victory. She assisted on all three goals.
GAR (3-9) commanded the first half, and Samanatha
Osowski opened scoring when Cooney got injured with 19:33 left. Five
minutes later, Nanticokes Leigh Ann Rentko tied it at 1-1 when
she went to cross a ball to the left side, but ended up getting it
in the cage instead.
Holly Mitkowski put the Trojans ahead 2-1 by
scoring off a straight shot into the goal with 23:38 left in the second
half. Jenna Butzek inflated the lead to 3-1 with 9:53 left.
We thought it was going to be a hard
game, Nearhouse said. We were pumped to play.
GAR got its best opportunity late in the first
half. The Grenadiers got the ball in the cage after a corner, but
before it crossed the line, a whistle was blown and a foot penalty
was called, nixing the goal.
They play hard at practice, said
GAR coach Christa Galella. They work entirely too hard and theyre
too skilled. Its frustrating watching them lose.
Field Hockey Outlook
Coach: Jamie Spencer
2005 record: 5-12
2005 playoffs: none
Top players lost: Megan Barton, Amanda Prentiss,
Outlook: The team lost goalkeeper Rowinski, so someone
is going to have to step up in net. There is a basic core from last
year, and the team has eight seniors leading the squad. There are a
few younger players that coach Spencer is helping to mold during the
Top players: Amanda Blank, Sr., def; Jenna
Butzek, Sr., fwd; Rachel Zerfoss, Jr., mid; Amanda Madajewski, So.,
mid; Gaby Malishchak, So., def;