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WVC FIELD HOCKEY: Senior Classic Match Set To Play Sunday

November 23, 2018

Last year’s District 2 Field Hockey Senior Classic was a success.

It served as the final high school match for 67 seniors from the Wyoming Valley Conference’s 22 teams while raising $3,000 for a good cause.

One year later, it’s back.

Longtime friends Karaline Stelma of Valley West and McKenna Dolan of Holy Redeemer shouldered the work of organizing year No. 2 of the Senior Classic, which is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start Sunday at Spartan Stadium in Kingston.

“It’s just kind of one last game before we all either go to college and play, or just go our different ways,” Stelma said. “It’s one last game to play with everyone and have fun.”

Stelma is one of five Spartan seniors who will play in the season finale, joined by Natalie Zasada, Emily Latoski, Elizabeth Luff and Alexis Dubois.

Stelma, a forward, was one of the best players this season in District 2, as she helped Valley West win its third district title in a row.

“I’ll look back on it as a great experience. It shaped me as the person I am today,” Stelma said of her experience with Valley West field hockey. “My teammates that I’ve had throughout the years, we’ve formed a close bond. Every single day was fun because of them.”

Stelma and Dolan go way back, too, having attended camps together in elementary school and then playing together for Valley West’s middle school team.

Together, Stelma and Dolan took charge of the Senior Classic by soliciting sponsors and donations, as well as putting together a roster and other key personnel needed for the game.

“It was a lot,” Stelma said. “Thankfully, me and McKenna had our moms to help us with it a lot.”

Karaline’s mother is Ami Stelma and McKenna’s mother is Maureen Dolan.

“They kind of helped with the social media stuff, getting things on the Facebook page and sending emails to coaches and players,” Stelma said. “They helped with the rosters and the T-shirts.”

The rosters are broken down into two teams — East Team and West Team — with 61 total players.

Joining Valley West on the West Team are players from Tunkhannock, Abington Heights, Lackawanna Trail, Wyoming Seminary, Dallas, Wyoming Area, Northwest, Lake-Lehman and Honesdale.

The East Team is comprised of players from Hanover Area, Nanticoke Area, Berwick, Coughlin, Redeemer, GAR, Pittston Area, Wallenpaupack and Delaware Valley.

Valley West assistants Lois Kaschenbach (West Team) and Lori Owens (East Teams) are the coaches.

Stelma (Lock Haven) and McKenna Dolan (Fairfield) are just two of the many players who will be competing for college teams next year, including several at the Division I level.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Gift baskets will be raffled off at the game.

Proceeds benefit Valley With A Heart, a charitable organization that helps families in need from Northeastern Pennsylvania.

 

West Team

Shannon Green, Tunkhannock

Dani Beamish, Abington Heights

Sam Baltrusaitis, Lackawanna Trail

Halle Kehl, Wyoming Seminary

Kelsey Reznick, Wyoming Seminary

Natalie Zasada, Valley West

Abby McDaniel, Wyoming Seminary

Alexis Dubois, Valley West

Alexis Lanza, Dallas

Adison McClain, Dallas

Emily Farrell, Dallas

Grace Young, Dallas

Hannah Yanovich, Dallas

Sydney Strickland, Dallas

Karaline Stelma, Valley West

Emily Latoski, Valley West

Lauren Delamater, Dallas

Abigail Gober, Wyoming Area

Bayli Grossi, Wyoming Area

Arla Davis, Abington Heights

Nina Kozar, Abington Heights

Kelsey Jones, Northwest

Kendra Saxton, Northwest

Hunter Kline, Lake-Lehman

Kate Roberts, Lake-Lehman

Rachael Beemer, Lackawanna Trail

Alyssa Fowler, Lackawanna Trail

Nicole Longman, Honesdale

Megan O’Neil, Honesdale

Brooke Gardas, Honesdale

Elizabeth Luff, Valley West

East Team

Melissa O’Brien, Hanover Area

Ashleigh Carbohn, Hanover Area

Kelsey Henahan, Hanover Area

Sharon Monahan, Hanover Area

 

Veronica Penko, Nanticoke Area

Nadia Lombardi, Berwick

Bailey Cunningham, Coughlin

McKaylia Ward, Holy Redeemer

Kaylee Sterling, Holy Redeemer

McKenna Dolan, Holy Redeemer

Devyn Boich, Holy Redeemer

Nafisat Oseni, GAR

Sara Whitesell, Hanover Area

Emilee Bobos, Hanover Area

Katie King, Nanticoke Area

Jill Maute, Nanticoke Area

Emily Conrad, Nanticoke Area

Gabby Wassel, Pittston Area

Madison Schmalzle, Wallenpaupack

Grace Conselyea, Delaware Valley

Addy Ross, Delaware Valley

Carlee Lehmkuhl, Delaware Valley

Lexie Llaurado, Delaware Valley

Haley Greshko, Berwick

Kaylee Houser, Berwick

Ashley Chase, Coughlin

Sarah Youkoski, GAR

Reilly Holden, GAR

Alyssa Wivell, Hanover Area

Kaylee Simmons, Nanticoke Area

 

If you go ...

What: District 2 Field Hockey Senior Classic

When: 1 p.m. Sunday

Where: Spartan Stadium in Kingston

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