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IFHCK FIeld Hockey Represents KY in Top 16 at National Championship
August 2, 2011By Alicia Wilder of VYPE MAGAZINE - Greater Louisville
Two IFHCK teams place high in the National Club Championship
The International Field Hockey Club of Kentucky (IFHCK) is pleased to announce its results from the inaugural USA Field Hockey National Club Championship held in Richmond, Virginia, July 21-24, 2011. The National Club Championship featured the top Clubs from across the United States as they vied for honors and bragging rights as the nation’s top Club field hockey teams. Against the top competition in the country, IFHCK’s U17 team placed 7th of 32 and the U19 team placed 14th of 32. Girls from Ballard, duPont Manual, Male, Louisville Collegiate, KCD, Assumption, Mercy Academy, St. Francis and Presentation were representing Kentucky field hockey on the teams competing with top girls from around the country.
Sponsored by the US Field Hockey Association (USFHA) and Harrow Sports, the National Club Championship featured sixty four teams (32 in the U 17 division and 32 in the U 19 division). Temperatures were well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit with the heat index pushed to the 120’s for the majority of the games. With the extreme heat only a small window of time in the morning and then later in the evening was available for games to be scheduled. When severe thunderstorms moved in Saturday evening, officials were pressed for time; games had to be shortened in length and pushed back. With these additional delays some teams were playing under the lights at midnight at the SportsQuest Complex where the tournament was held.
IFHCK’s U 17 team made their way to the “elite 8” and came away with a 7th place finish, the highest finish for a team outside of the field hockey territory of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. U17 team members: Carrie Anderson, Catherine Anderson, Elena Curley, Peyton Dickinson, Anna DuFour, Renee DuFour, Bailey Gill, Sloane Hafling, Bailey Higgins, Rachel Hirsch, Hannah Kingsbury, Sidney Lococo, Allison Masayda, Christine Semple, Jordan Van Cleave, Sara Wilder and Jessica Wilson.
The U 19 team played hard to get to the “sweet 16” and earned a 14th place finish. U19 team members: Angela Amon, Hannah Doll, Caroline Flowers, Ally French, Catie Furnish, Julie Hertzman, Laney Hinkebein, Claire Johnson, Kelci Kirchdorfer, Elizabeth Kuhl, Erin Mays, Sara Nicholas, Molly Oliver, Liz Paschal, Mallory Tyler, Olivia Wagner, and Kelsi White.
Contributing Author: Hannah Kingsbury - Communications Media Arts Student-duPont Manual