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Dec. 3, 2019 — Region of the Year

There was one city in the country this year that somehow managed to dominate the two championships that were held in the state in which this metropolis was located.

The two championships were for the state’s public schools, and the state’s private schools, and the location is a complete 180 from how the state’s field hockey culture originally developed.

When public-school field hockey was introduced to the state of North Carolina in the early 1990s, there was already a pretty good legacy of private-school hockey. But when the sport was introduced into the public schools, the concentration was in the Research Triangle where Duke, North Carolina, and Wake Forest already had college programs.

But nearly 30 years later, the public-school finalists for 2019 were Myers Park High School and Charlotte Catholic, and the private-school finalists were Providence Day School and Charlotte Country Day School.

This makes the TopOfTheCircle.com Region of the Year for 2019 the city of Charlotte, N.C.


The “Capital of the New South” joins a range of other geographical locations selected in past years:

2019; Charlotte, N.C.
2018: PIAA District 3, Pa.
2017: Houston, Tex.
2016: Commonwealth of Virginia
2015: Summit, N.J.
2014: CIF Central Coast Section, Calif.
2013: VHSL North, Va.
2012: State of New Jersey
2011: Lancaster-Lebanon League, Pa.
2010: No award
2009: No award
2008: CIF San Diego Section, Calif.
2007: PIAA District 4, Pa.
2006: Winston-Salem, N.C.
2005: Louisville, Ky.
2004: Kent and Sussex County, Del.
2003: PIAA District 2, Pa.
2002: State of North Carolina
2001: Lancaster County, Pa.
2000: Cecil County, Md.
1999: PIAA District 3, Pa.
1998: State of Maryland
1997: CIF San Diego Section, Calif.
1996: Hunterdon and Warren County, N.J.