Wallenpaupack Area squad prepares for D2 playoffs
Wallenpaupack Area recognized graduating players from this year’s field hockey team at a ceremony prior to a key WVC contest against Dallas Monday night at the high school stadium.
This was a particularly special evening for both the players as well as for Head Coach Maria Miller as all eleven young ladies were a part of the freshman class when Miller took the helm four years ago.
“The seniors have good camaraderie and do a lot to support each other,” said Miller. “It’s been great to watch them mature as players and great leaders on and off the field.
“When they started, we went winless for two seasons and now they are heading to the playoffs this year. They put in a lot of time in the off-season and keep moving in a positive direction.”
Ranin Abdallah has played soccer for one year, track and field for four years, and field hockey for three years.
She is an honor roll student and has earned the Silver Award for three years. She has been in the Volunteer club, SADD, yearbook club, FBLA, and the Allied Health program.
Ranin plans to attend a four-year university to major in nursing.
Alissa Alexander has been a member of the swim team for three years, track and field for three years, and field hockey for four years, where she has twice been a captain.
She is a member of the National Honor Society and has earned the Silver and Gold Awards. She has been a member of SADD, FBLA, and the yearbook club. She is also the social media coordinator for student council.
Alissa was named Miss America's Outstanding Teen and plans to continue her athletic career in college where she plans to major in pre-med.
A four-year field hockey player with three letters, Laura Carr, is a member of the National Honor Society and has attained the Gold Award three times.
She has been in the Local History club, student council, and FBLA. She has been the class president for four years as well as the FBLA treasurer.
Laura was named the 2017 Homecoming Queen and plans to major in education, eventually hoping to earn a master’s degree and become a school councilor.
Margo DePatie has been in track and field for two years and field hockey for four years. She was named the team’s offensive player of the year in 2015.
She has been in Friends of Rachel, FBLA, SADD, and volunteers at the local firehouse. Margo plans to study criminal justice and eventually become a handler for the state police K-9 unit.
Another four-year veteran of the field hockey team is Taylor Egli. She is a member of the National Honor Society for three years, earning the Silver Award each time.
She is a member of the FBLA, SADD, and the yearbook club. Taylor plans to attend West Chester University to major in early childhood and special education.
Lauren Griffin is a four-year member of both the field hockey and track and field teams. She is a member of the art club and serves as its treasurer.
Lauren has won honorable mention for pieces in scholastic art and literature. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has earned the Gold Award. She plans to major in art therapy or art education in college.
New to field hockey this fall is Angelina Ioppolo. Ang has also played soccer for three years and will start her fourth season in softball this spring. She has been named Athlete of the Week by both Channel 13 and The Scranton Times.
For softball, she was appointed to the Lackawanna League First Team All-Stars and also received an honorable mention. She has attained the Gold Award for the National Honor Society three times and placed fifth in the Skills USA Knowledge Bowl at state level.
She has been a member of SADD, and the Community Advisory Board for Wayne Memorial Hospital. Angelina plans to major in biology and later attain a medical degree in hopes of becoming an anesthesiologist.
Jenny Langan has been on the field hockey team for four seasons and will also complete her fourth year with the track and field team later this year.
She is a three-time recipient of the National Honor Society Gold Award; has been involved with Volunteers of Paupack, FBLA, and Skills USA where she was a state qualifier in the Health Knowledge Bowl.
Next fall, Jenny plans to study either nursing or study to be a physician’s assistant.
Another two-term team captain and four-year player is Victoria Rojas.
She has also been with the swim team for two seasons and will compete in her fourth year of track and field this spring. She is a PIAA DistrictTwo field hockey all-star and has also named Defensive Player of the Year for Paupack.
Tori is a four-year member of the National Honor Society and has served on the executive board for two years. She is in the foreign language and yearbook clubs, SADD, and FBLA.
She has also been a youth field hockey coach and a Hawley Borough volunteer.
She plans to attend a four-year college and later work in the medical field.
Ksenia Pereyra has been on the swim team for one year and with the field hockey team for four years.
She has collected awards for Best Defensive Player, Most Improved Player, and the Players’ Choice. She has earned the Silver Award for the National Honor Society and has been a member of FBLA for one year.
Ksenia plans to attend a college in Vermont where she would like to continue her field hockey career and major in nursing.
Finally, Brynn Wierbowski has won three letters in her four seasons playing field hockey.
She has earned the Silver Award from the National Honor Society, is in the foreign language club, Volunteers in Paupack, and the video club.
She has been in student council and has served as the class secretary for four years.
Brynn plans to attend Temple to major in media and communications.
Despite aggressive playing by the Lady Bucks, led by many of the seniors as well as underclassmen such as Cailin Campbell, Mia Watson, and Maddie Schmalzle, the Purple & White were unable to lock down the senior night win.
Although they lost 1-0, which put them at a 6-7 in the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 standings, the ladies are making ready for playoffs.
Given the rankings, it’s looking very much like the Lady Bucks will see Dallas again in the opening round of the District Two Class AA tournament on Tuesday, October 24.
“We can beat Dallas,” said Miller. “We need to tweak some things. It will be rough, but it’s winnable for us. All year people have been stepping up, from seniors to the freshmen.”