Paupack’s varsity field hockey squad has been a model of consistency of late.
Under the direction of Coach Ashley Liptak, the Lady Bucks battled their way to four victories last fall in Division II?of the always-rugged Wyoming Valley Conference.
Paupack also posted four wins in ‘09 and ‘10. The last time the Lady Bucks were over .500 for a season was ‘07 when they went 9-7. Despite this struggle for respectability, Paupack’s program is buzzing with excitement this summer.
Dozens of players at the junior high, jayvee and varsity levels are already working hard on the hot turf in an effort at delivering a WVC?title and a berth in the District?Two playoff tournament.
“I love what I’m seeing so far,” a beaming Coach Liptak told The News Eagle. “These girls are working really hard to improve. We’re very young, but there’s a lot of enthusiasm out here. We’re not going to focus on wins and losses so much this year...we’re just looking to get a little bit better every time we play.”
By the Numbers
Coach Liptak is deep into preparations for her 6th season at the helm.
A product of Dennis Longenecker’s Honesdale High School program, Liptak honed her playing and coaching skills at Bloomsburg University.
She teams up with Allie Provenzano (assitant varsity coach), Brett Buselli, (junior high) Sarah Smith (junior varsity) and Erin Saake (junior high).
“I’m so lucky this year to have such awesome assistants,”?she said. “I love what each of them brings to the program.”
Paupack players, grades 7-12, are turning out in force so far to work hard and learn from their coaches. More than a dozen girls at each age level showed up ready to roll on Day One of intramurals, making for a total of about 60.
Paupack girls also travel to Honesdale on Wednesday and to East Stroudsburg University on Thursday. That gives these young Lady Bucks three chances per week to develop their fundamentals.
“We’re having intramurals every Tuesday and the attendance has been great so far,”?Coach Liptak said. “I think having three chances a week to get out and experience the sport is really good for us.”
Coach Liptak and her assistants focus on the basics with drills at the junior high level. Girls who are battling for JV?and varsity positions participate in more advanced drills and in daily scrimmages.
“They love to play,”?Coach Liptak said with a laugh. “If it were up to them, they’d scrimmage all day long.”
On the Rise
The Paupack staff gives high marks to every player on the roster.
However, four young ladies in particular are already drawing rave reviews and took a moment from their intramural slate to pose for a photo.
Ksenia Pereyra, Erin Worzel, Kaitlyn Knapp, Rebecca Seiler are all expected to make big contributions this year at the junior high level.
“I’m excited to see what they can do,” said Coach Liptak. “We don’t have that much experience, but we make up for that with enthusiasm and a whole lot of hard work.”