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LANCASTER, Pa. - June 25, 2019 - Two age divisions of the 2019 National Futures Championship (NFC), presented by Harrow Sports, are now in the books as the U-16 Girls concluded Tuesday at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa., where Cortina finished atop the division following a 6-1 victory over Atlanta to win the gold medal.
Additionally, USA Field Hockey event photographer Mark Palczewski was on hand to capture some impressive snapshots of the U-16 athletes in action. Check out some of USA Field Hockey's favorites in the photo gallery by clicking above.
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This year's U-16 athletes battled across three days of highly competitive matches as they eyed the ultimate prize of being crowned NFC Champion. Hundreds of athletes from around the country showed off their skills in front of selectors, coaches and fans as they competed for a spot in USA Field Hockey’s elite Junior High Performance Camps and Programs. Congratulations to all the athletes for their hard work and dedication over the last few days.
USA Field Hockey would like to extend its congratulations to the following teams on their tournament victories:
Cortina (Region 5), coached by Jordan Page
Athletes in Alphabetical Order: Sofia Acosta (Malvern, Pa.), Ashley Arnold (Hummelstown, Pa.), Emily Bullard (Doylestown, Pa.), Lauren DeRose (Collegeville, Pa.), Alexa Derr (Annville, Pa.), Aiden Drabick (Malvern, Pa.), Kelsey Heltzel (Dilsburg, Pa.), Lauren Kenah (Telford, Pa.), Mackenzie Lever (Doylestown, Pa.), Megan Maransky (Blue Bell, Pa), Meghan McGinley (Plymouth, Pa.), Morgan McMenamin (Lafayette Hill, Pa.), Madison Orsi, (Downingtown, Pa.), Ashley Sessa (Schwenksville, Pa.),
Kelly Smith (Downingtown, Pa.), Madison Tambroni (State College, Pa.), Bailey Tietz (Macungie, Pa.), Aubrerigh Uba (Douglassville, Pa.)
Atlanta (Region 5), coached by Mallory Federoff
Athletes in Alphabetical Order: Paige Bitting (Hummelstown, Pa.), Julia Bressler (Leesport, Pa.), Alison Buffington (Enola, Pa.), Kennedy Clkiggett (Warrington, Pa.), Brynn Crouse (Dillsburg, Pa.), Mia Garber (Lyndell, Pa.), Annike Herbine (Macungie, Pa.), Alaina McVeigh (Lansdale, Pa.), Sophia Parker (New Hope, Pa.), Christina Rawa (Garnet Valley, Pa.), Hope Rose (Dauphin, Pa.), Emma Schwarz (Kenner Square, Pa.), Lanie Stem (Easton, Pa.), Macy Szukics (Malvern, Pa.),
Emma Rose Van Der Veen (Dauphin, Pa.), Olivia Warchol (West Chester, Pa.), Jacey Wittell (Stroudsburg, Pa.), Allison Wood (Blue Bell, Pa.)
Rome (Region 9), coached by Kate Lipton
Athletes in Alphabetical Order: Emily Barker (Columbus, Ohio), Zoe Bormet (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Regan Cornelius (New Albany, Ohio), Nina Faupel (Chelsea, Mich.), Alana Fields (Louisville, Ky.), Gwendolyn Hershberger (Harrison City, Pa.), Anne Krebs (Louisville, Ky.), Hadley Kuzmicky (Prospect, Ky.), Ella Martin (Dexter, Ky.), Kylee Niswonger (Dexter, Mich.), Lindsay Schiavone (Louisville, Ky.), Mia Schoenbeck (Lagrange, Ky.), Bentlea Schwartz (Louisville, Ky.), Abigail Tamer (Whitmore Lake, Mich.), Kennedy Vinson (Prospect, Ky.), Kinsey Waddell (Louisville, Ky.)
In addition, congratulations to Paris for winning the Barbara Longstreth Award for Sportsmanship. This award was created to promote good sportsmanship and given to the team that best exemplifies the qualifies of fair play, graciousness in victory and defeat, and respect for opponents and officials. This award is selected by the USA Field Hockey National Futures Championship Umpire and Coaching Staff.
A member of the U.S. Women's National Team from 1956 to 1964, Longstreth began her field hockey career at Beaver College (now Arcadia University) in the 1950's where she excelled in both field hockey and lacrosse. As a national team member, she competed in the epic 3-3 draw with England in front of 56,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium during the teams 1962 tour to Great Britain and Denmark. In 1963, she was a members of the USA's International Federation of Women's Hockey Association Conference team for an event that would become the precursor to today's FIH World Cup.
Longstreth continued her devotion to the game as a coach and eventually founded Longstreth Sporting Goods in 1977. Beginning the enterprise by selling field hockey sticks from the trunk of her car at tournaments, she established her company in Parkers Ford, Pa. where it has become the country's leader in speciality sports products for women. She announced her retirement from the company in 2007. #NFC2019