Greenwood’s Kuhns, Houser top TVL field hockey honors list
Hattie Kuhns of Tri-Valley League champion Greenwood claimed the TVL’s Most Valuable Player award as one of five Greenwood players honored by the conference.
“She was one of the difference makers for us in the league,” Greenwood coach Kent Houser said. “I thought she was the best forward in the league. That’s what made her stand out.”
East Juniata had three players honored by the Tri-Valley League.
Houser was also honored as the conference’s “Coach of the Year”.
“To me, it’s really indicative of what the team does,” Houser said. “It’s really a reflection of what everyone has worked for.”
From the Wildcats, who won their sixth straight title, seniors Lauren Fried and Raina Sweger were both honored as first-team selections.
“(Fried is) an extremely solid player,” Houser said. “She just never has a bad game.”
Sweger worked very hard to earn her first-team selection.
“She decided she really wanted to make the most of her senior year,” Houser said. “She got in great shape and she played her position as well as anybody on out team.”
Sophomores Mallory Fortenbaugh and Kelsey Keener were also honored by the conference as first team selections.
“She can really play any postion on the field.” Houser said of Fortenbaugh. “We really moved her around. It doesn’t really matter where we play her.”
Keener had a lot to do with the Greenwood offense and was selected for that ability.
“This was her second year starting for us,” Houser said. “I thought she really made a difference for us.
From East Juniata, seniors Steph Dressler and Caitlin Hoover as well as sophomore Lydia Koser were honored by the conference.
Dressler led the team with 19 goals on the season and was the offensive force that helped East Juniata get to a playoff game for the conference title.
“She was a key player on the team,” East Juniata coach Billie Haines said. “She’s going to Bucknell in the fall. Obviously, they see the same things we see. We’re very excited about that.”
Hoover was recognized for her defensive play.
“She had more of a defensive role on the team,” Haines said. “She’s so aggressive. She had many saves that were incredible.”
Koser scored 10 goals on the season and was honored for the second time in her career as just a sophomore.
“She was clearly doing just as well this year (as she did last year),” Haines said. “She was a key player in our offense. If the ball was in the circle, she did a great job with her stick.”
Haines will welcome back the two-time all-conference selection next season.
“We’re happy to have two more years with her,” Haines said.
Three players on the District 6 Class AAA champion Mifflin County Huskies were honored by the Mid-Penn Conference.
Senior Maddie Rutherford and juniors Kezia Loht and Grace Wagner were part of the Commonwealth Division all-star team for their play.
Rutherford, Mifflin County coach Tish Maclay said, “was an impact player for us. She was a captain this year. This was the first year she got significant playing time. She taught the younger players a lot.”
Loht and Wagner both got a lot of experience during Mifflin County’s run to the state tournament.
“They also were tri-captains,” Maclay said. “They’ve both been starters since freshman year. I think having them back is huge.”
Maclay summarized her players achievements.
“All three of them have great work ethic and are great leaders,” she said.
Midd-West field hockey had one player honored by the Heartland Athletic Conference.
Senior back Alexxa Dauberman was selected as a second-team defensive player in her division. It was the second straight season Dauberman was chosen as an all-conference selection.
“Alexxa elevated her play there this year,” Midd-West coach Mandi Romig said. “(She) is an excellent one-on-one defender, consistently shutting down her opponents not only in the defensive circle, but also in the midfield.
“She will be missed next year not only because of her skill but also because of her leadership.”