CHESTERTOWN - Late last year during a disappointing season, the North Warren Field Hockey Team gathered its muster and beat Salem in a Sectional qualifier game. In the next game, the Cougar squad was matched against Warrensburg, the dominant force in the Adirondack League, and the season ended.
Thursday, North Warren Field Hockey Coach Lynn Lewis recalled that game with Salem, noting the scrappy battle that came down to the wire.
"I hope that this year, we can continue where we left off at the end of the year," she said
The team is likely to not only meet that objective but turn up the heat considerably, considering the work ethic of the squad, sports observers have said
The core group of the Cougar team participated this summer in hockey camps at Syracuse and Skidmore, which are likely to boost skills and the season outcome.
Also, the team has five returning skilled seniors - players who boost their teammates' spirits, Lewis said
"The girls work well together on and off the field," she said. "And this chemistry shows in their game play."
Lewis said that 2009 has bright prospects, considering the players' commitment to the game.
"These guys are ready to go all the way this year," she said.