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Nov. 15, 2020 — Playoff haves and have-nots in Pennsylvania

In 2016, I wrote this.

In 2020, the opening rounds of three PIAA field hockey tournament took place. There were a mere seven games contested yesterday, because only champions were eligible to make the brackets.

Yesterday, there were two results of note. One was Emmaus (Pa.) defeating Honesdale (Pa.) by a score of 11-0, and the other was Millerstown Greenwood (Pa.) beating Lansdale (Pa.) Catholic by a score of 10-0.

Never in the recorded history of PIAA field hockey has there been two 10-goal efforts in the quarterfinal round. Indeed, about the closest there has been when it comes to results like this late in the state tournament in the nation’s most prominent field hockey state was 2016, when there was a 10-1 and two 8-0 wins on the first Saturday of the tournament.

Now, when it comes to 10-goal efforts in any round, there were three 10-goal efforts in 2017, by Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.), Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.), and Pottstown Owen J. Roberts (Pa.).

Now, back on Nov. 13, 2018, Wyoming Seminary scored a record 11 goals in a PIAA field hockey tournament game. Emmaus’ 11-goal output yesterday has matched that mark.

What’s going on here? Of course, this is a field hockey season like no other. Champions in very strong districts are meeting champions in districts which do not have the competition or the history of the ones which have the elite players and teams.

Yep, it’s what I have been talking about for years: the gap between the haves and the have-nots.