The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

High School Sports

December 18, 2012

H.S. field hockey: Greenwood quartet heads all-state honorees

Taylor Tompkins and Katie Osborne were cornerstones of an outstanding Greenwood field hockey team, and on Tuesday they — along with two teammates and seven other Valley players — were named members of the 2012 Pa. High School Field Hockey Coaches Association all-state teams.

Tompkins, Osborne and Selinsgrove’s Jenna Kapsar were repeat selections. Osborne and Kapsar moved up to the first team to join Tompkins, a two-time PHSFHCA first-teamer.

Selected to the second team were Greenwood’s Mackenzie Wirth, Line Mountain’s Ciera Lahr, and Selinsgrove’s Emily Klingler. Five girls were recognized as honorable mention all-state: Greenwood’s Lauren Fried, Line Mountain’s Sarah Lahr and Savanah Copson, Selinsgrove’s Mackenna Mahan and Shikellamy’s Cory Yerger.

Greenwood’s Valley-best four selections are a reflection of a 20-4-1 season that saw the Wildcats lose to eventual Class AA state champion Crestwood 1-0 in double-overtime of an epic state semifinal game.

Tompkins, a senior midfielder who was named the Tri-Valley League MVP, scored a career-high 15 goals for the TVL champs. She previously established herself as the Valley’s top midfield defender.

“She didn’t except not doing things well,” Greenwood coach Kent Houser said of Tompkins’ drive and work ethic.

Osborne, a two-time TVL all-star keeper, posted a 0.44 goals-against average in her senior season. She saved better than 90 percent of the shots she faced, and was in the cage for 18 shutouts in their 25 games.

Wirth, a senior mid, recorded 11 assists and five goals, while junior mid Fried notched six goals and two assists.

Selinsgrove won its eighth consecutive District 4 Class AA title with Kapsar leading from the midfield. The senior scored nine goals (none bigger than her OT winner in the district semis against Bloomsburg) and had three assists.

Klingler, a sophomore forward, led the Seals in both goals (15) and assists (11). She clinched the district championship with an overtime goal.

Mahan, a junior forward, posted 11 goals and four assists. She assisted on Kapsar’s semifinal winner.

Line Mountain, the runner-up to Greenwood in the TVL and Selinsgrove in districts, had a strong season of 17 wins.

Senior mid Ciera Lahr was the Eagles’ playmaker and tallied five goals and three assists. Sarah Lahr, a senior mid, was one of the area’s most lethal scorers with 22 goals. Copson, another a senior, was the rock of Line Mountain’s defense, tenacious, feisty and tough.

Yerger, a senior back, was a defensive stalwart who played through injury. She helped the Braves clinch their first district berth since 2009 with five goals, two assists and a pair of defensive saves.

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