The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 18, 2013

Scott Dudinskie's high school field hockey column: A rare apology

College kids wrongfully overlooked


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---- — We don't apologize much in this business. Which is good, I suppose, if it means we're getting it right most of the time. (And, yes, I realize some of you believe that's debatable at best.)

We writer-types also don't apologize enough.

Oh, sure, we'll duck behind the conventional newspaper correction when a mistake is brought to our attention.

Rarely, though, do we fess up to an oversight or other failing, especially if it's something only our conscience recognizes as wrong.

After all, why bring attention to a shortcoming that affects only one person or family within a circulation of 25,000?

Well, Morgan Fleetwood deserved better. She had a career at Indiana University that demanded a feature story to highlight her accomplishments, rather than the occasional brief which boiled down her accolades to the bare necessities.

The 2008 Selinsgrove graduate was a third-team All-American and All-Big Ten first team after a senior year in which she set the IU single-season record for points (38). She matched the program's mark for game-winning goals in a season (six), as well as assists (12). She became the Hoosiers' all-time leader in goals (44), points (115) and shots (306), and tied the mark for career game-winners with 14.

Her 2012 senior season was the best in a remarkable collegiate career that, simply put, got the short-shrift.

I apologize, Morgan, to you and also to the other college players from the Valley whose careers didn't garner so much as a brief on my watch the last couple years.

Unfortunately, the best we can do now is (what we hope is) a comprehensive list of local graduates playing in college, and a pledge to do a better job with updates as the season goes along:

P Danville

Brianna Zimmerman, fr., F, Bloomsburg

Sabrina Shrawder, fr., M/B, Mansfield

P East Juniata

Alyssa Schlegel, so., F, Washington & Jefferson

P Greenwood

Rachael Loy, so., M, Bridgewater

Katie Osborne, fr., G, Wake Forest

Autumn Pellman, jr., F, St. Francis

Jade Saylor, jr., M/F, James Madison

Salene Shaffer, so., M, Providence

Taylor Tompkins, fr., B/M, Providence

Bayley Vohs, jr., B, McDaniel

Mackenzie Wirth, fr., M, St. Francis

P Lewisburg

Brodie Ercole, jr., F, Susquehanna

Claire Paulsen, fr,. B, Dickinson

Rachel Sumfest, jr., F, Drexel

P Line Mountain

Jillian Brezgel, sr., F, York

Chelsea Lahr, so., F, Misericordia

Ciera Lahr, fr., M, Bloomsburg

Courtney Scott, jr., F, Gordon

P Midd-West

Julianne Jones, jr., G, Juniata

Lyndee Sheaffer, so., F, Lebanon Valley

P Mifflinburg

Dani Ard, fr., G, East Stroudsburg

Morgan Reish, so., M, St. Francis

Tessa Woodring, fr., B, Susquehanna

P Milton

Gabrielle Seibert, jr., F/M, East Stroudsburg

P Selinsgrove

Hope Burke, sr., Att, Stanford

Jess Davis, so., M, American

Coli Deckard, so., F, Longwood

Jenna Kapsar, fr., M/B, Miami (Ohio)

Gina Kellett, sr., B, Messiah

Haley Kersetter, so., B, Penn State

Ashtin Klingler, sr., F, Penn State

Danielle Reber, jr., B, Susquehanna

Candice Smith, jr., M, Bloomsburg

Danika Watto, jr,. M/F, Misericordia

P Shikellamy

Samantha Balonis, sr., F, Widener

Halie Derr, so., B, Messiah

Alexis Reid, fr., F, Arcadia

Erika Rohrbach, fr., F/M, Slippery Rock

n Scott Dudinskie covers high school field hockey for The Daily Item. Email questions or comments to sdudinskie@dailyitem.com.