Johnstown’s Ringer, Fleming awarded all-state honors

Johnstown’s Emily Fleming (9) dribbles upfield Schuylerville’s Olivia Startz (17) defends during a Foothills Council field hockey contest at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

For the second straight year, Johnstown’s Emily Fleming and Taryn Ringer were named to the all-state team.

The all-state selections were announced Dec. 2 at the Section 2 Field Hockey Banquet at the Century House in Latham.

“I couldn’t be happier for Emily and Taryn for being recognized by the coaches of Section 2 for their outstanding play this past fall,” Johnstown coach Christine Krempa said. “Frankly, there was no denying either player’s dominance this year. These girls live and breathe field hockey and it translates to the field. Johnstown is lucky to have them.”

Fleming, a sophomore midfielder, finished the season with 13 goals and 11 assists.

“As a coach, you rarely ask a sophomore to be your field general but with Emily, I had no reservations doing so. As my center midfielder, she is responsible for supporting both the offense and defense,” Krempa said. “Emily has a thorough understanding of defensive and offensive skills and to put it simply, is a playmaker through and through. She has great field vision and always finds the open seam for a pass. I feel confident stating that the majority of our offensive output originated from her stick in the midfield.”

Ringer, a sophomore forward, finished the season with 43 goals and 16 assists. Set a new school record for goals in a season with her 43, eclipsing the previous mark of 39 set by Ashley Dona in 2012. Ringer also set a new school, Section 2 and tied a NYS record for most goals in a game with her seven-goal effort against Gloversville on Sept. 8.

“This season was certainly a breakout year for Taryn. Taryn put a lot of time in the off season into her individual stick skills and it was immediately evident. Her ability to control the ball in close quarters combined with her speed and tenacity, made her rarely stoppable,” Krempa said. “She scored at least one goal in 18 consecutive games despite drawing at least one, and most times, two defenders each game. What makes Taryn so dangerous is that she’s no longer just a threat in the circle but all over the field.”

Ringer finished the season as the leading scorer in Section 2 and New York State. She also earned National Field Hockey Coaches Association New York State Player of the Month for both September and October.

Fleming and Ringer also were named first-team Foothills Council all-stars for the second straight year.

“Both Emily and Taryn are impact players and we are so lucky to have them. While constantly pushing themselves, they also elevate the level of play of those around them. But what I admire most about both of them is their humble nature,” Krempa said. “Despite all their individual accomplishments, they are both the first to admit that they wouldn’t be able to, and more importantly, wouldn’t want to do it without their teammates.”

South Glens Falls’ Lauren Willis and Scotia-Glenville’s Sage Plemenik also represented the Foothills Council on the all-state team.

From the Suburban Council, Saratoga Springs’ Lindsey Frank and Liz Pratt; Shenendehowa’s Olivia Howard and Abby Danson; and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Hanna Pocobradsky were named to the all-state team.

Representing the Wasaren-Adirondack League on the all-state team were Hoosick Falls’ Lillian Hickey, North Warren’s Sydney Gagnon and Warrensburg’s Sara Langworthy.

2018 All-State Field Hockey Teams

Suburban Council

Lindsey Frank (Saratoga Springs), Liz Pratt (Saratoga Springs), Olivia Howard (Shenendehowa), Abby Danson (Shenendehowa), Hanna Pochobradsky (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake)

Wasaren-Adirondack League

Lillian Hickey (Hoosick Falls), Sydney Gagnon (North Warren), Sara Langworthy (Warrensburg)

Foothills Council

Lauren Willis (South Glens Falls), Taryn Ringer (Johnstown), Sage Plemenik (Scotia-Glenville), Emily Fleming (Johnstown)

Johnstown’s Emily Fleming (9) dribbles upfield Schuylerville’s Olivia Startz (17) defends during a Foothills Council field hockey contest at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Johnstown’s Taryn Ringer (1) pushes the ball past Gloversville’s Jordan DeMagistris during a Foothills Council field hockey game at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

By Paul Wager

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