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Oct. 6, 2016 — Moving east into a storm

(N.B.: Many thanks to Lee Tolliver of 757teamz.com, the dean of American field hockey writers, for his help on this story.)

Starting today, two of Kentucky’s best scholastic field hockey teams are heading East to find competition. And just in time to meet the remnants of Hurricane Matthew, which was earlier predicted to perhaps affect weather all up and down the East Coast from New York down to Florida, but newer models have affected those predictions. But more on that later.

Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) is making its biennial trek to the greater Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area, and will play three games in 36 hours. Tomorrow evening, Sacred Heart will take on Voorhees Eastern (N.J.), the No. 2 team in the TopOfTheCircle.com Top 10, at Karen Klassner Field.

Saturday morning, the Valkyries will play Wilkes-Barre Holy Redeemer (Pa.) before an evening match against Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.). Earlier in the day, Sem will take on Eastern at 10 a.m. at Klassner Field.

Now, the other team to come East this weekend is Louisville Assumption (Ky.), the team that ended Sacred Heart’s 11-year streak of winning the season-opening Apple Tournament. Assumption starts today at Norfolk (Va.) Academy, then will take on Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) and Yorktown Tab (Va.) on Friday, and will, weather permitting, take on Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) on Saturday.

Now, as of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, the possibility of tropical wind and rain in the greater Hampton Roads area has greatly diminished, as the predictions now have the storm making a 90-degree turn away from the Atlantic shore somewhere around the North Carolina/South Carolina border.

It’s still possible that Virginia Beach will receive anywhere from 1-3 inches between now and Saturday. Which, given the fact that the games will be played on short-train artificial turf, is not a bad thing.

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