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Dec. 31, 2006 — Out with the old

The end of this calendar year means celebrations and revelry for many. Many review the year in Top 10 lists or other like retrospectives. It’s an attempt to gain perspective on the year gone by.

Note that I use the word “attempt.”

In some field hockey wrapups I’ve read the last few days, one player was called the best ever by a coach, another was judged to be the best ever to come out of a region, and another was compared to an ice hockey legend.

One lesson I learned a long time ago in sportswriting was not to crown anyone with the title “the best ever,” especially when it comes to school sports. Another was to avoid the use of the word “great.” The rationale: compare anything you might report on to Winston Churchill.

Now, there have been some outstanding performances and players that I have had a chance to witness in 2006:

Kelsey Kolojejchick controlling the midfield for the Wyoming Seminary field hockey team;

Maggie Tomecka converting a header in the final minute of overtime in the W-League Eastern Conference semifinals;

Meggie Bosica controlling the attack for the girls’ lacrosse team at Ellicott City Mount Hebron (Md.);

Kristi Toliver’s miracle three-point field goal for the Maryland women’s basketball team in the NCAA final;

Kristen Kjellman’s excellence of execution on the attacking end of the Northwestern women’s lacrosse team;

The explosive attacking front of the Selinsgrove field hockey team: Morgan Fleetwood, Taryn Nichols, Rachel Hollenbach, Alicia Mayer, and Bri Doak;

Cat Osterman windmilling her way to World Championship and World Cup titles in softball;

The meteoric rise of a host of Eastern European female tennis players led by Maria Sharapova;

The Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) field hockey team’s 2-1 win over North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) to win the first-in-the-nation New Jersey Tournament of Champions;

Kristine Lilly’s continuting longevity and relavence to the U.S. women’s soccer team, including the conversion of a penalty kick in the final minute of play in the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup.

Quite a smorgasboard, isn’t it?

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