This year’s girls’ Varsity field hockey team currently holds a record of 4-6. The team hopes to win the conference title and advance far in the state championship.
The field hockey coaches, Sheila Baker, Eline Hogan, and Terry Loeb provide instructions and support while dedicating themselves to the team. The team’s captains are seniors Carter Norvell, Caroline Anderson, and Mackenzie Zinkil. They provide leadership by leading the dynamic stretching and warm ups as well as sending motivational notes to the players on game days.
The team is made up of 19 players from all four grade levels. Coach Baker, the head coach, said, “The team gets along very well and the players enjoy one another’s company. They are supportive and encourage each other to do their best.” The team’s philosophy is that each player is integral to the success of the whole team. No one player is bigger than the team and it is their firm belief that, with hard work, ordinary girls can do extraordinary things.
The biggest competition for the team typically has been from the local private schools, and this year Myers Park has joined that competitive list. Elizabeth Anderson, a mid and forward, said “Country Day and Latin both have great teams, and are always tough competition for us.”
The team has a goal of making it far in the state tournament. Coach Baker said, “Our team goals are to continue to work on technical and tactical skills and to be as competitive as possible when we begin play offs. On a large scale making it to the State Finals was a big moment, but personally as a coach it would have to be watching players play at a level that even they did not know they could reach.”
In the past couple weeks, the filed hockey team has played rivals such as Providence Day and Myers Park. Upcoming games include playing Providence Day again and Marvin Ridge. The team is improving and excited about the rest of the season.