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Nov. 13, 2019 — Two hits for 6

This afternoon, wary eyes were on mobile phone screens in the state of New Jersey from Chatham down to Voorhees as the semifinals of the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions took place.

The venues and start times of the games were altered because of predicted subfreezing temperatures, so yesterday’s games began at the customary state playoff starting time, which is 2 p.m,

Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) the No. 1 team in the TopOfTheCircle.com Top 10, and Voorhees Eastern (N.J.), the No. 2 team, each scored six goals in their semifinal contests to get to Friday’s final.

For Oak Knoll, it was a four-goal display by senior Annanelle Brodeur as well as a Bridget Murphy brace, while Eastern got two goals each from Ryleigh Heck and Amanda Middleman.

Usually, this late in a field hockey season, you don’t see this kind of offensive output.

But then again, the 2010s are not your ordinary decade. Nor are Eastern and Oak Knoll your garden variety of sports team.

They are, in point of fact, two halves of a rivalry we’ve called The Garden State Firm. One school is public, one is private. One is from the northern half of the state, the other from the south.

Everything about these two sides is a mirror image of themselves, except their firm commitment to winning.

Which is why Friday should be incredibly fascinating. We’ll have more on this tomorrow.