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BULLETIN: Nov. 1, 2022 — Exeter Wyoming Area (Pa.) 1, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 0

In this evening’s championship final of the PIAA District 1-Class A Tournament, Exeter Wyoming Area (Pa.) took a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute of play and held on for the duration of the game, winning 1-0 over Wyoming Valley Conference rival Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.).

The win ends Wyoming Seminary’s quest to win an unprecedented fifth consecutive PIAA field hockey title. And it also ends one of the great coaching careers in the recorded history of scholastic field hockey, as head coach Karen Klassner has announced her intention to retire from coaching at the end of this season.

Klassner finishes her career with 757 victories, fifth all-time. She also finishes with the only four-year win streak in the history of the PIAA field hockey tournament. Indeed, the Knights had pretty much owned the PIAA Class A field hockey tournament since the state went to three divisions in 2016, having made the state final five straight seasons.

But Klassner’s teams are no stranger to PIAA competition. The team transitioned from private-school field hockey into the world of the PIAA Tournament in the 1980s, winning ten state championships and the TopOfTheCountry trophy after the 2006 season.

The Knights were this site’s preseason No. 1, largely on their three senior stars Emily Watchilla, Ella Barbacci, and Maddie Olshemski. But that talent wasn’t enough to bring the rest through a tough season with five out-of-state opponents and several non-league tilts.

The toughest part about the 2022 season wound up being the fact that, despite all of the talent in Lackawanna and Luzerne County, only one small-school team was granted a berth in the state tournament. And it turns out that, in 2022, that team was Wyoming Area.

Nov. 1, 2022 — Top 10 for games played through Oct. 30

With fewer than three weeks left in the scholastic season, we’re on the precipice of a transformation in the field hockey universe. A number of new contenders have been playing their way into state tournaments and some former powers have seen a drop in form.

But that can’t be said about the elite teams in our Top 10. Note that three out of the top five teams on last week’s list have a player in the senior women’s national team pool: Josie Hollamon (Delmar), Olivia Bent-Cole (Camden Catholic), and Mia Abello (Kinkaid). And in the last dozen years, we’ve seen dominant players parlay their skills into dominant team performances, and these three are no exception.

This week’s honorary No. 11 Team of the Week is Stamford (Conn.). The Black Knights, one week ago, were on the outside looking into the Class L bracket. The team had not qualified for the state tournament since 2012. But with wins over Trumbull (Conn.) and Trumbull St. Joseph’s (Conn.), the team secured the 16th seed. The next match will see Stamford take on No. 17 Newtown (Conn.) the winner to meet No. 1 Darien (Conn.).

1. Delmar (Del.) 15-0
The Wildcats take on Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) Saturday morning. This is a game which is not only the Henlopen Athletic Conference championship, but could be seen as the unofficial Tournament of Champions game, as both are the defending state champs in their respective divisions

2. Emmaus (Pa.) 21-0
Hornets, in search of a 34th consecutive District championship, will take on Allentown Parkland (Pa.) today in the semifinals of the PIAA District 11-AAA tournament

3. San Diego Canyon Hills (Calif.) 23-0
The Rattlers finished off their regular season with a 10-0 win over San Diego Patrick Henry (Calif.). Canyon Hills will know tomorrow who they will play in the CIF Open Division Tournament

4. Cherry Hill Camden Catholic (N.J.) 17-1
Irish bested their long-time nemesis North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) in overtime last week; could this team have won the Tournament of Champions?

5. Pottstown Hill School (Pa.) 17-1
Hill’s takes on a tough Lawrenceville (N.J.) School outfit before what is likely to be a No. 1 seed in the PAISAA Tournament

6. Northport (N.Y.) 19-0
Beat East Setakuet Ward Melville (N.Y.) in the final of the NYSPHSAA Section XI Class A Tournament; the Tigers next get Section VIII titlists Massapequa (N.Y.), the winner to meet Kingston (N.Y.) this Sunday for a ticket to the state semifinals

7. Norfolk (Va.) Academy 15-2
Tigers embark on the League of Independent Schools tournament with a game against Richmond Steward School (Va.)

8. Palmyra (Pa.) 15-2-2
Cougars draw fellow Mid-Penn Keystone rival Mechanicsburg (Pa.) in tomorrow’s District 3-AA semifinal at home; Palmyra is 1-0-1 against the Wildcats thus far. This could be the game of the season in the central part of the state

9. Woolwich Kingsway (N.J.) 15-2-1
The Dragons will have Millville (N.J.) in the first round of the Group IV South tournament

10. Watertown (Mass.) 17-0
The Raiders started their season with Andover (Mass.) and will embark on their state tournament run after last night’s friendly with Walpole (Mass.)

11. Stamford (Conn.) 7-9
Katelyn Dulin’s two first-half goals stood up in the win in the PAC championship final

Who’s out: Houston Kinkaid (Tex.) 2-1 loss to Houston St. John’s (Tex.)

And bear in mind: Denver Colorado Academy (Colo.) 16-1, Darien (Conn.) 16-0, Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) 14-1, Winnetka New Trier (Ill.) 25-4, Louisville Assumption (Ky.) 22-5-1, Portland Cheverus (Maine) 17-0, Annapolis Broadneck (Md.) 15-0, Ann Arbor Pioneer (Mich,) 12-1-1, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 16-3-1, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 12-5, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 18-1-1, South Glens Falls (N.Y.) 18-0, Mechanicsburg (Pa.) 15-3-1, Hershey (Pa.) 15-2-1, Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 16-3-1, West Lawn Wilson (Pa.) 17-1-1, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 15-4-1, Houston St. John’s (Tex.) 15-2