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Nov. 6, 2019 — From the depths

Some of my favorite field hockey stories are about teams which have endured years and years of losing seasons, then in one shining moment, turn it all around and win a championship.

The story of Burlington (N.J.) Township’s rise to win the Central Jersey Group III sectional championship has to start at the bottom. During the 1990s, the Falcons suffered through years of doldrums. But new head coach JoAnn Rell brought a sense of belief to the team and managed to get some members of her team to commit to outside play. The team finished over .500 to qualify, which, for this team, was a major achievement.

Since then, the Falcons have been low- to mid-table in the Burlington Township Scholastic League until former Haddon Heights star Adrienne DiSipio was hired on as assistant coach.

Burlington Township High School was only opened in 1964, and does not have the long histories of Burlington (N.J.) City or Burlington Doane Academy (N.J.). However, the field hockey team has created its own history thanks to DiSipio, who spent four years as an assistant in the program before taking over as head coach this year.

During the 2019 season, Township was able to beat several of its long-time Burlington County Scholastic League rivals such as Moorestown (N.J.) and Mount Holly Rancocas Valley (N.J.), vaulting itself into the last four of New Jersey’s Group III teams, a remarkable achievement when framed against where the team was a quarter-century ago.

Even though they were beaten yesterday by Mullica Hill Clearview (N.J.), DiSipio and her Falcons have much to be proud of.