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Sept. 13, 2022 — A trivia answer? Much more than that

The field hockey program at Woolwich Kingsway (N.J.) has labored pretty much in anonymity since the school replaced the former Swedesboro High School in 1963.

But then, Kingsway found success. The team has won four sectional championships since 2003 and, just as importantly, was one of only about a dozen schools to have gained at least a draw from Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) during the coaching era of Danyle Heilig. The team also got a pair of out-of-state wins over Villanova Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pa.) and Severna Park (Md.) at last year’s National High School Invitational.

Last weekend, the Dragons took the trip up to Chatham to play Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.), one of the finest programs in the country. Kingsway was able to take a 2-0 lead on goals from Isabella Sanchez and Ella Stephenson to defeat Oak Knoll 2-1.

It is easily one of Kingsway’s signature results, one which stands the team in good stead for later in the season. But there are other goals for this side. The Dragons have a pair of fixtures at the NHSI in a couple of weeks, including Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.) and a Norfolk (Va.) Academy side that beat Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) last week.

But first, Kingsway meets a good Clinton North Hunterdon (N.J.) side on Saturday in deep South Jersey, near the shadows of the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

It should be a great appetizer for this year’s NHSI.

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