By Brody Patmore
The Red Lion field hockey team has been very strong in the past few years. Finishing last season with a record of 11-6 proved they’re by no means any slouch in York’s YAIAA Division I.
The team took some big hits losing great players from last season including Emily Gillmen, Kynslee Shepard, Amy Maciejewski, Jackie Golden, and two goalies, some of whom won awards for their great play. For the most part these were the leaders of the team, and they’ll be hard to replace.
By Paul Jones
Going into Friday’s game, the Red Lion field hockey team was riding a train of momentum. The Lady Lions were on a seven game winning streak and looked to make the streak go to eight against cross town rival Dallastown who. This would be the first meeting between the 7-2 Wildcats and the 7-1 Lady Lions.
The Red Lion had beaten Central York in a close game on Wednesday and would look to use that confidence going into Friday’s matchup. “I think we are having a great season,” head coach Carol Gillmen. “Our confidence is high and we have good leadership from our seniors.”
While getting a win against Central was good for the team, going up against Dallastown was a whole different story. The game was mainly a defensive battle with neither side letting up. Dallastown got up early with a goal in the first half, but then the Lady Lions responded with a goal by Hailey Taylor.
“Obviously scoring in the first half was big against Dallastown,” Coach Gillmen said. “No one in the county has really been able to score on them, so it was huge to be able to score.”
By Molly Merson
Social Media Editor
On October 7, Red Lion’s girls field hockey team took the win against Spring Grove. Goals were scored by Amy Maciejewski and Gillian Orwig. The team defeated West York in a battle of 3-0 in the tournament. The team has had a solid season so far, with great progress.
The goal to be “uncommon” remains as a constant motivator for the team. “I think we are a solid team with a lot of love for the sport,” Captain Emily Gillmen says.
On October 14, the team had an unfortunate loss against Central High school in overtime, resulting in a score of 1-0. They headed to Spring Grove on October 15, to take home a win for their final official game of the season.
Luckily, no major injuries occurred for any of the athletes. “We made 14th in districts” Captain Gillmen says. Based on the current progress, there is a positive outlook on the wrap-up of this season. Next year, the same goal will be strived for.
This field hockey season was a representation of hard work and being motivated to achieve a goal. The team stayed committed and dedicated, resulting in a solid season. The next scrimmage is on October 21, against Susquehannock. If the progress continues, the team will proudly take home yet another win for Red Lion.
By Molly Merson
Red Lion Area High School’s field hockey team is currently preparing for a memorable and successful year.
Several weeks before school started, the team’s practices had already began. They trained nearly every day of the week, including Saturday tournaments. The practices consisted of completing runs and drills to condition the team.
Coach Gillmen’s enthusiasm was evident as she described the team as being “well-disciplined” and “showing a good work ethic”.
So far, no major injuries have occurred, giving the team a fresh start. The official field hockey season begins September 4, as the team is already making preparations for this season.
This consists of scrimmages and daily practice exercises. A few noteworthy returning players are Jayla Godfrey, Jordyn Sleeth, and Jena Everette.
The team sets “day to day goals”, Gillmen said. This strategy helps the team prepare at it’s best and achieve what needs to be done. The motto of this year is “Be uncommon”. This motto represents doing your best and being unlike the rest. The team has kept this motto to help motivate them in preparation for the year.
A few upcoming games to watch out for consist of the varsity game against Dallastown High School on Monday, Sept. 21 and the game against Central York High School on Wednesday, Sept. 23.
By Adrianna Clinton
Co-Editor in Chief
Despite coming into the season with mostly underclassmen starting for the field hockey team, the girls still pulled together a 9-4-1 league record and qualified for District III play.
Senior captains Paige Taylor, Kendall Lookingbill, Taylor Bosley, and Sierra Bohlen provided good leadership and helped lead the young, inexperienced team towards success against very strong field hockey teams around the league.
Though they missed out on counties, the girls still had a “solid, strong finish,” head coach Carol Gillmen said, as they finished in the top three in Division I.
The team showed a lot of perseverance when they played many close games or fell behind and had to come back and win.
They had big wins against South Western and North Eastern, and “played phenomenal on senior night against Spring Grove,” Gillmen said.
Despite losing 2-0 in their District III playoff appearance against Governor Mifflin, the team had good passing combinations at times and had a lot of offensive penalty corners, the best opportunity to score in field hockey because there are twice as many players on offense than on defense, occurring when the defense commits a foul inside the shooting circle, that were just not capitalized upon, according to senior captain Taylor Bosley.
Next season, the team will have a “whole group of sophomores and freshmen with a season as varsity under their belt,” Gillmen said.
Jayla Godfrey will be returning to varsity as a senior after having 14 goals and four assists this past
season. Sophomore Jena Everett is another highly anticipated return for the Lady Lions, who recorded four
shutouts in her first varsity season as a goalkeeper.
“It was my first year on varsity and I didn’t know what to expect...I’m really proud of how far we did go, I was glad to go to districts,” Everett said.
By Ben Otte
Eyeing up another shot at the league championship is undoubtedly a goal for this year’s Lady Lions field hockey squad.
The memories of last year’s dramatic overtime loss to Dallastown in the YAIAA championship game is still resonating for many of the returning players.
Regardless of the past, players are very familiar with the high standards head coach Carol Gillmen demands. It is these standards that have given the program tremendous success in the past and has laid the path for the future.
“Last year is in the past,” says Gillmen. “The loss to Dallastown is motivation for our team, especially to those who were out on the field at the time then.”
An early loss to Dallastown this season may have taken place, but the team realizes it takes a whole season to work toward a goal of another championship.
It all starts with senior Ali Posey, a commit to West Chester University, who brings a strong and familiar presence to the field and a threatening agile ability to get to the goal.
“Some teams will double team or even triple team her because of the ability she brings to the field,” Gillmen says.
Morgan Kuehne will also return as a tremendously strong forward, another big threat to the opponents’ defense. Formerly playing forward, Alyssa Castle moved to a critical center mid-field role, a role that Gillmen feels may give her an opportunity to be one of the best at in the league.
Defensively, Olivia Uberti will play a vital part as an agressive and vocal shrine of the dark side. Jess Everett now stands inside the cage as goalie, a position she has been mentored in under last year’s graduating Gabby Uberti.
Gillmen still has six other positions on the field to fill, but it is a number she doesn’t show too much anxiety about. “We have a talented group coming through and they should be able to do big things for us,” she said.
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