WVC FIELD HOCKEY: Senior Classic Match Set To Play Sunday
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.
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
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