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Aug. 28, 2019 — Circling back to an historical event

The Apple Tournament is one of a number of field hockey events which has the personal touch of Constance Applebee.

The Louisville-area tournament is the traditional opener for scholastic field hockey in the United States, and it brings an early indicator as to which team or teams are likely to walk away with the Kentucky state championship title in October.

This year saw some history. And it’s not just because host Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) didn’t win. And it’s not because another private school didn’t win, either.

Instead, it was Louisville DuPont Manual (Ky.), a public magnet school that specializes in technology, music, and theater arts, that won the Apple earlier this week. It wasn’t the first time that the Crimsons have taken a major hockey trophy; back in 2011, the school became the first known magnet school in America to win a field hockey state championship.

Then, as now, the team is coached by Brittany (Tolan) Vencill, and she and the Crimsons are likely to have a pretty good-sized target on them throughout the season.

Manual also has a schedule which matches that of Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) in terms of degree of difficulty. The Crimsons participate in the Gateway Classic this weekend, the Huskie Invitational near Chicago in late September, as well as the little matter of facing Flemington Hunterdon Central (N.J.), Biddeford (Maine), and Garden City (N.Y.) in the National High School Invitational.

It’s a tough row to hoe, but for a team striving for state honors, the schedule is more opportunity than obstacle.