CHESTERTOWN - The North Warren field hockey team is in the middle of a revival, and local sports enthusiasts expect that trend to continue this year.
As North Warren field hockey coach Lynn Lewis surveyed her players on the field, she commented that prospects are quite good for this new team.
Lewis has no less than 27 players enrolled in the program this fall, which means North Warren will have a junior varsity team as well as its varsity squad this year. And that's a healthy number for a school with as small an enrollment as North Warren.
Not having a separate JV team last year, however, offered a big advantage for this year's varsity team.
A large group of players, regardless of age, received a great deal of experience in the aggressive, fast-paced varsity play, Lewis said.
"All season long, we rotated the younger girls in, and they got valuable playing time," she said.
So despite losing the talented group of 2009 players that included Sarah Erikson, Laura Fahey, Jenna Remington, Kelsey Hamblin and Rachel Kenney - most all of whom were Adirondack League All Star honorable mention winners - the new 2010 team should compete at least as well, Lewis said.
Leading the new lineup are Kiera Warner, a top scorer from last year, Margo Broderick on defense and Annie Bennett at midfield.
Lewis said she was going to pay a lot of attention to improving the offense, because scoring was relatively weak in 2009, despite all the talent.
"Our big thing this year will be to work on scoring goals," she said.
The offense will be boosted by the team's chemistry, which is developing well in pre-season practice, she said.
"The girls get along well on and off the field - they know each other well," she said. "We'll have a pretty strong team this year!"