Wildcats lead hockey stars

Greenwood senior and Paityn Wirth was unanimously voted to the Tri-Valley League all-stars and was the league’s MVP in field hockey for 2018.

Wirth led the TVL in scoring with 56 points, was first in goals with 24 and had eight assists.

Greenwood, which went 21-2 and was unbeaten in the league, had five members of the all-TVL squad. The Wildcats stretched their season to the state final four after winning their 11th straight TVL crown and their first District 3 championship.

“I think (With) is a three-time MVP of the league, which is saying something,” Wildcats coach Kent Houser said. “She is a difference maker.”

Fellow senior Abby Weger also was selected to the first team. Weger was a key contributor to the defense.

“She is a three-year starter,” Houser said. “Her circle defense was outstanding and saved us a lot of goals.”

Junior Kenedy Stroup finished third among the scoring leaders with 18 points. In the league Stroup had five goals and eight assists.

“I thought she started going off strong late last year and pick it up throughout the season,” Houser said. “She was strong every game.”

The final two selections were sophomores Leah Bryner and Hailey Womer. Womer had 18 points, seven goals and four assists. Bryner scored 12 points along with a goal and 10 assists.

“Leah was our center-mid,” Houser said. “She had big shoes to fill. She did very well and we knew that she would.”

Of Womer, Houser said, “She is a two-year starter, very fast and I thought she played her best in our biggest games.”

Houser was named the league’s coach of the year award. But, he said, it’s about the team.

“It’s more of an award for the program,” Houser said.

East Juniata’s Lacey Swab also was a league all-star. A junior, Swab recorded 14 defensive saves for the Tigers.

“Lacey was a leader on the team,” Tigers coach Harley Straub said. “She encouraged her teammates and was willing to play wherever I needed her to play and the younger girls looked up to her. She is defintely going to do great next year.”