Wallenpaupack Area girls attend 18th annual indoor event

A total of 66 teams descended on the Maple City this past weekend to participate in one of the region's biggest indoor field hockey events.

Thanks to the Herculean efforts of Lady Hornets coach Becca Maciejewski, more than 500 players from all over Pennsylvania took part in the 18thannual indoor tournament.

“I'm very pleased with how it went,” said Coach Maciejewski. “Things ran very smoothly. This was our biggest tournament ever and I think it was a pretty big success.”

Wallenpaupack Area student/athletes participated in all three brackets over the course of the weekend: the open division Friday, Saturday in the junior high division and Sunday as part of the high school division.

Open Division

This year's edition of the Lady Hornets Indoor Field Hockey Tournament kicked off Friday night with Open Division action.

A total of 14 teams took part, including teams from Wyoming Area, Crestwood, Nanticoke, Wilkes Barre, Wallenpaupack Area and Honesdale.

“There were quite a few very talented teams, so the pools were pretty stacked,” said Coach Maciejewski.

“The competition was fierce and there were a ton of very close games. It was definitely exciting.”

One of those talented teams comprised of all local players called itself the “Goal Getters” and featured familiar field hockey names like Morganne Firmstone, Carly Propst, Grace Manzione, Maureen “Mo” Orndung, Becca Maciejewski and Elly Skinner.

The Goal Getters finished first in their pool, qualified for the medal round and advanced all the way to the championship game before finally falling, 6-2.

Junior High

Twenty-four teams took part in Saturday's junior high competition.

Wyoming Valley West, Hazleton Area, Bloomsburg, Stroudsburg, Delaware Valley, Honesdale and Paupack were among the schools represented.

“The level of play in junior high has gotten better every single year,” Coach Maciejewski said. “It really looks like our sport has a very bright future.”

Paupack fielded three full teams on this day (The Walla-Walla Bing Bangs) and earned high marks from the tournament organizer.

Brett Buselli, Erin Saake and Maria Miller oversaw these three squads. Former Lady Hornet star Elly Skinner and Lori Schmalzle are also helping out.

Walla-Walla Bing Bangs I hammered out five wins in pool play and qualified for the medal round.

“From what I saw on Saturday, Paupack should be looking good in the next few years,” said Coach Maciejewski. “All three of those teams played extremely well.”

The Stinging Sticks led the way among the local squads, finishing third in pool play and advancing to the medal round.

Brianna Potter anchored the squad with solid play between the pipes. She was aided and abetted by teammates Mariah Morgan, Ellie Redick, Leah Jay, Maggie Murphy, Mercedes Goodwin, Camille Stanton and Kaitlin Price.

“They were super impressive and super aggressive out there,” said Coach Maciejewski. “We traditionally struggle on this day, so to see those girls out there playing so well was a really exciting.”

The Stinging Sticks were mentored by Desi Mack and Grace Manzione.

High School

A record-setting total of 28 teams flooded Wayne Highlands for Sunday's all-day high school tourney.

For the first time ever there were four brackets consisting of seven teams each in pool play.

Squads from as far away as Harrisburg made the trip and put on a show for local field hockey fans.

“It's amazing how the tournament has grown every year,” said Coach Maciejewski. “From where we were 18 years ago until now is pretty incredible.”

When all was said and done, Hazleton Area captured the crown, thanks in large part to the play of two-time Junior Olympic Team member Selena Garzio.

The Queen Bees turned in a solid performance on Sunday. Comprised of local players from Honesdale and Paupack, this high-flying squad advanced all the way to the medal-round semis before being eliminated by the eventual champs.

This year's Queen Bees were: Nicole Pesce, Alyssa Watson, Ally Meyer, Stacey Hart, AJ Meyer, Bailey Martin, Megan Benson and Jackie Martin.

Another local team that fared well was “Swag Swarm,” which posted a third place pool play finish.

Team members include: Val Gaglione, Sarah Redick, Jamie Rosencranse, Heaven Houck, Shelby Card, Olivia Frigoletto, Warren Oldham and Brianna Mayers.