Yesterday was the first day that teams in Pennsylvania could start playing varsity matches that count towards qualification for the three state championships on offer this fall.
In looking at the slate of games involving prominent sides, three seemed promising when it came to storyline as well as competitiveness.
But at the end of the day, here’s how the three “tapped” games came out:
Oley (Pa.) Valley 6, Exeter (Pa.) Township 0
Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 6, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.) 1
Emmaus (Pa.) 7, Allentown Parkland (Pa.) 1
It’s notable that Oley, Lower Dauphin, and Emmaus have won state championships before, and their communities have excelled at the sport continuously. But Twin Valley is a defending champion, Parkland has given Emmaus occasional trouble over the last decade, and Exeter was an experienced team with 16 victories a year ago.
So, what’s going on here? Is there something going on with field hockey’s space-time continuum? Is it the case of the haves and the have-nots?
Well, this afternoon, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) followed on with a 6-0 win over Lititz Warwick (Pa.).
I get the feeling this is going to be a wild year.