Last weekend, the National Indoor Tournament for under-16 field hockey teams was held at Spooky Nook.
Only this year, the results don’t look quite the same as in past years. There were times when the WC Eagles club side would win a dozen or so of the six-team pools in the competition. This year, the Eagles club only won two. The Eagles Blue team, led by Palmyra (Pa.) defensive midfielder Lauren Wadas, won Pool D by holding all opposition to just two goals. Meanwhile, the Eagles Red team won Pool F.
The Eagles could have a third pool title, but a Diamonds team including Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) freshman sensation Kara Heck and Emmaus (Pa.) sophomore Madison Orobono lost Pool A on goal differential by a single goal over the XCalibur Knights as final pool matches took place on Sunday. The Diamonds, having to play against an Alley Cats team featuring Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) wunderkind Mackenzie Allessie, managed to win 12-6 to post a +42 goal difference, but the Knights got a +43 in the fifth and final pool match by winning its match 13-2 over Northeast Elite Gold.
XCalibur club side, having entered seven teams in pool play, won four pools, including the A pool and the B pool. The Knights won A led by Oley (Pa.) Valley star Sophia Gladieux, and the XCalibur Freedom team boasted another Oley (Pa.) Valley luminary, Sophia Mackrella. In addition, XCalibur Lancers won Pool O and XCalibur Titans won Pool V.
Amongst the pool winners were several good stories. Shore Byrds Purple, the winners of Pool I, featured a number of players from the state championship-winning Delmar (Del.) side. The home team, Spooky Nook, took a pair of titles as Nook Hockey won Pool C and Nook Green won Pool M.