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Aug. 16, 2015 — A tradition continues, but at the cost of a rivalry game?

We wrote a year ago about how conference realignment in the Wyoming Valley Conference meant that the field hockey teams of Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) and Mountain Top Crestwood (Pa.), teams which have met more than 100 times and have coaches with nothing but the utmost respect for each other, were not going to meet during the 2014 season.

Well, as things shake out, Sem and Crestwood aren’t going to be playing the Back Mountain Derby again this season. Instead, the teams are going to have their usual selection of non-league matches. Wyoming Seminary will be meeting some very good teams such as Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.), Selinsgrove (Pa.), and the usual weekend against Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) and Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.).

Crestwood, for its part, will also be meeting Selinsgrove for the Turf Fest. The Comets are also scheduled to play Lewistown Mifflin County (Pa.) at Turf Fest, but will also be playing at Allentown Whitehall (Pa.) a scant seven weeks before the state finals which are scheduled for the Zephyr Coplay facility.

I don’t understand why the two teams which have defined field hockey in the Back Mountain over the last 40 years have suddenly not found room in the schedule to play each other. These two programs are a wonderful study in contrasts: public school vs. private school, red vs. blue. Both have sent women to the national team, players such as Kelsey Kolojejchick, Lauren Powley, Diane Madl, and Kat Sharkey.

I think the game would be served by a scheduled regular-season match.

Don’t you?

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