2017 High School Field Hockey Preview: Sticking With It

Johnstown’s Madison Etherton (14) pushes the ball past South Glens Falls’ Emily LaFave (7) during a Sept. 22, 2016, game at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

Heading into the new season, the goals are different for the Johnstown and Gloversville field hockey teams.

The Lady Bills will look to remain in the top half of the Foothills Council, while Gloversville is looking to continue the building process.


Last season, Johnstown posted a 10-6 overall record, losing to Warrensburg in the Section II Class C quarterfinals after finishing third in the Foothills Council behind Queensbury and Schuylerville who tied for first.

The Lady Bills will be looking to replace three all-league players from last year’s team. Chelsea Rodecker and Kaitlyn Serpa were first-team selections, while Emma Gottung was a second-team selections. Rodecker, a forward, scored 11 goals and had three assists for the Lady Bills to earn her third first-team selection. Serpa, a midfielder, finished with six goals and three assists last season to earn her second first-team selection. Gottung, a goalie, finished with an 86 percent save percentage.

Returning for the Lady Bills are seniors Paige Stewart, Isabella Caruso, Breanna Beekman, Kayla Wesley and Josie Mowrey, as well as juniors Madison Etherton, Molly Lake, Emma Fiore and Rachel Lee. Sophomore Abby Hollister and freshmen Taryn Ringer and Emily Fleming also return for Johnstown.

Etherton was a second-team Foothills Council all-star for the second time last season, scoring 11 goals and contributing five assists as a sophomore. Fleming and Wesley were named honorable mention last year, while Ringer finished with four goals and three assists. Lake and Stewart each had three goals last season.

“Preseason has been going well and while we are returning seven starters, here in Johnstown no one’s position is ever guaranteed and it’s been a fight to earn one,” Johnstown coach Christine Krempa said. “ We definitely have some offensive power returning but we have a lot of underclassmen who are hungry and knocking at the door.” 

Newcomers Anna Lee, Sarah Pratt, Bracie Vose, Abby VanValkenburgh and Meghan Mraz round out the Johnstown roster.

“We have been focusing on making smart passing choices and ball movement which will ultimately help us get more aggressive on attack — get the shots off quickly and create more scoring opportunities,” Krempa said. “On defense, we have been working on being patient and making smart decisions. Overall, I’m happy on how the team is gelling and we are looking forward to getting the season going and playing to our full potential.”



 After posting an 0-16 overall record last season, the Huskies are looking to change that mark this season.

“We’re looking to get our first win,” Gloversville coach Amy Romeyn said. “We’ve played field hockey all year and we have girls playing in several clubs, such as ADK, Thoroughbreds and Futures.”

Gloversville will look to replace Katie Zarrelli, Glorianna Young and Hannah Winchell from last year’s team.

Zarrelli and Young were fourth-year varsity players, while Winchell played on the varsity team for three seasons.

Gloversville returns Rileigh Baldwin, Jenny Vickery, Sidney DeMagistris, Sophia Danise, Cassondra Robinson, Jenna Carbone, Virginia Person, Logan Ovitt, Riley King, Kimi Hastings, McKenzie Paul, Kristin Farley, Jordan DeMagistris and Brittany Johnson from last year’s team.

Newcomers Caitlin Lawton and Celia Meher round out the Huskies’ roster.

The girls have been working hard in the offseason on conditioning, stick skills and endurance,” Romeyn said. “We are still a young team, but we are working better as a team.“

H.S. Field Hockey Schedule

Tuesday, September 5

South Glens Falls at Johnstown, 4:30 p.m.

Gloversville at Glens Falls, 5 p.m.

Thursday, September 7

Gloversville at Hudson Falls, 4:30 p.m.

Schuylerville at Johnstown, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, September 12

Gloversville at South Glens Falls, 4:30 p.m.

Johnstown at Queensbury, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 14

Glens Falls at Johnstown, 5 p.m.

Scotia-Glenville at Gloversville, 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 16

Salem at Johnstown, 11 a.m.

Gloversville at Ichabod Crane, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, September 19

Queensbury at Gloversville, 4:30 p.m.

Johnstown at Hudson Falls, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 21

Schuylerville at Gloversville, 4:30 p.m.

Johnstown at Scotia-Glenville, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 26

Johnstown at South Glens Falls, 4:30 p.m.

Glens Falls at Gloversville, 5 p.m.

Thursday, September 28

Hudson Falls at Gloversville, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, September 29

Johnstown at Schuylerville, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 3

Gloversville at Johnstown, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 5

Queensbury at Johnstown, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, October 6

South Glens Falls at Gloversville, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 7

Ichabod Crane at Gloversville, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 10

Gloversville at Scotia-Glenville, 4:30 p.m.

Johnstown at Glens Falls, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 12

Gloversville at Queensbury, 4:30 p.m.

Hudson Falls at Johnstown, 4:30 p.m.

By Paul Wager

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