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Oct. 12, 2021 — Top 10 for the week of Oct. 10

This week, our No. 1 and No. 2 teams hold station, but I often get asked questions about teams which are able to be so dominant within their own leagues and/or states. “They don’t play anybody,” I keep hearing about some teams.

Thing is, when you look at teams like Delmar, Emmaus, Cox, Eastern, and Wyoming Seminary, you can pick up characteristics as to what makes them great. Delmar is a quick, one-touch team which is reminiscent of an F.C. Barcelona. Emmaus is a skilled team with a sophisticated offense that reminds you of a team like Manchester City. Wyoming Seminary is a direct team with skill at the front end, reminiscent of a Leicester City. All of our top teams use the 100-by-60-yard pitch effectively, albeit differently. This is why this 2021 domestic season, replete with interstate matchups for the first time since 2019, has been so intriguing.

Our RightToRightIsRight.com honorary No. 11 Team of the Week is Johns Hopkins University. The Blue Jays are looking to make a third straight Division III Final Four this season after having no field hockey a year ago. Full marks to head coach Jane Wells and her staff for this effort.

1. Delmar (Del.) 8-0
A Maci Bradford goal in overtime gave Delmar a 2-1 win over Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) in a well-played match

2. Emmaus (Pa.) 16-0
Emmaus has been getting scoring not only from Rachel Herbine, but classmate Ava Zerfass. Hornets close out the regular season against Nazareth (Pa.) and Allentown Whitehall (Pa.) this week

3. Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 9-0
Falcons got by Louisville Assumption (Ky.) 2-1 in the Ring of Honor Tournament

4. Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 11-1
Churchwomen set down Villanova Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pa.) 6-1, with the reverse match taking place on the closing day of the regular season

5. Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 12-0
Mia Smith leads the Hornets with 20 goals on the season

6. Pottstown Hill School (Pa.) 9-1
This week’s slate of games includes a contest against Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)

7. Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 10-1
Knights had one-goal wins over Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) and Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.)

8. Northport (N.Y.) 12-0
Junior Emma McLam leads the Tigers in goal-scoring this year

9T. Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.) 13-1-1
Hurricanes leave their league to finish out the regular season, starting with Kennett Square Unionville (Pa.) today

9T. Lower Gwynedd Gwynedd-Mercy Academy (Pa.) 11-2-1
Alana McVeigh, a club teammate of Hope Rose, Kara Heck, and Ashley Sessa, leads GMA in scoring

10. Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 14-0-1
Falcons will have an intriguing game tomorrow against Millerstown Greenwood (Pa.)

11. Johns Hopkins University (12-0)
Jays have beaten Gettysburg and Ursinus their last two matches; Centennial Conference rivals McDaniel and Muhlenberg await this week

Who’s out: Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 3-2 loss to Kingston Wyoming Seminary

And bear in mind: San Diego Scripps Ranch (Calif.) 11-0-1, Darien (Conn.) 11-0, Greenwich Sacred Heart (Conn.) 7-3, Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) 7-1, Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 18-3, Walpole (Mass.) 9-0, Watertown (Mass.) 8-0, Ann Arbor Pioneer (Mich.) 15-0, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 13-2, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 13-1, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 11-2, Columbus Bishop Watterson (Ohio) 14-0-1, Worthington Thomas Worthington (Ohio) 14-1-1, Palmyra (Pa.) 12-1-1, Houston Kincaid School (Texas) 10-1

Oct. 11, 2021 — The medicine game

Today, a day celebrated amongst many as Indigenous Peoples Day, we think about the origins of a game that has become incredibly popular amongst a growing segment of America over the last quarter-century.

That game was originally called baggataway, but is now known as lacrosse. It was a game which originally settled disputes amongst native tribespeople before European conquest of the Americas, but has also come to be a cultural touchstone amongst current members of the Haudenosaunee.

As the game grows across the United States, it is useful to understand how important location is. While the original Six Nations does have great lacrosse, so does the area of the Piscataway, which encompasses much of the Delmarva Peninsula.

As you head west, however, many of the native games played by tribes involved sticks, but not with the ball being played in the air. Instead, a lot of the games involve the ball being played on the ground, as if to be more connected to the earth.

Implements in games played by Native Americans are on display to this day at the National Museum of the American Indian in our nation’s capital. The implements are a smorgasbord of shapes and curves, meant to carry, shield, or propel whichever the chosen instrument of play is — a ball or a chain of small stones.

Your Founder would like to remind you that he was born on land formerly occupied by the Chocktaw and Chickasaw nations, was raised in the Lenni-Lenape territory, was educated in the Massachusett and Haudenosaunee territories, and currently lives in what was the Piscataway and Nacotchtank tribal lands.

My parents were born and raised in what was Taino territory in the Caribbean, although they were of southern European origin.

So, why this disclosure? I think in order for us to be truly American, we have to understand that we are still very much a melting pot of people coming from around the world, even though it has come at great cost to the original occupants of this land.

Oct. 10, 2021 — Field hockey is no longer “straight chalk”

If there’s one thing that this past weekend — nay, the entirety of the fall 2021 domestic field hockey season — has taught us, it’s that field hockey games aren’t determined before the first whistle sounds.

Today, for example, the college team which has been the standard-bearer for everyone else — the University of North Carolina — suffered its fifih defeat of the fall 2021 season. This is a team which had not only won the last three Division I national championships, it has made the Final Four every year since 2010.

But today’s 4-0 loss to Liberty University has to have people in Tar Heel Nation furrowing their brows. This fall season was to have been a coronation of sorts; after all, two-time national Player of the Year Erin Matson was basically in line to win a third. But she didn’t even play today because of a hand injury suffered Friday against Duke.

You can say much the same when it comes to scholastic hockey this fall. Teams such as Voorhees Eastern (N.J.), Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.), and Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) have all suffered at least one defeat this year, and these three schools often will go one or more seasons without a blemish on their records.

Let’s just say that all of these reversals of fortune have made the game of field hockey much more interesting and entertaining instead of some of the predictability of the past.

Oct. 9, 2021 — Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 5, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 4

FULL TIME That’s all for now; good day and good hockey

FULL TIME These teams put forth a full-throttle and epic effort from the start of the game until its end, and the stars for each team certainly showed up today

FULL TIME In what is sure to go down in lore as a classic, Wyoming Seminary wins the game by a score of 5-4

59:30 Sem is in possession in the midfield and is willing to keep the ball

58:00 Heck dropping all the way back to midfield to try to influence the play

56:40 EAS GREEN CARD Bianco is booked for a stick hack

53:55 SEM PC Shotgun corner finds an open Maddie Olshemski, who makes no mistake from 12 yards; Sem leads 5-4!

45:00 The final stanza of regulation begins

END THIRD The horn sounds in this offensive showdown with the teams tied 4-4

44:40 EAS PC Slip pass to Heck, but she is double-teamed and dispossessed

44:30 SEM YELLOW CARD A push is not only a corner but a card; it looks like a yellow from our vantage point

44:20 EAS PC Bianco’s shot is wide of cage

41:30 EAS PC 1-up goes wide of goal

40:20 EAS PC Long blast from Bianco is saved!

39:10 EAS PC From the Brooklyn side, this option-right looks for Heck at the stroke mark, but finds a Sem foot; will re-rack

38:45 EAS PC A neat passing play is ended with a Sem foot

35:00 I can’t believe what I’m witnessing here

34:40 SEM GOAL Sem draws out Miller and gets the ball to Watchilla, who makes no mistake; we’re tied at 4-4!

32:47 EAS GOAL Riley Hudson with a nifty bit of passing to the stroke mark, where the ball is deflected in by (who else?) Ryleigh Heck. Eastern now leads 4-3

31:00 Wyoming Seminary with three long shots that are dealt with by Miller

30:00 The second half is under way

HALFTIME The teams are dead even; what do you expect from two sitting state champions?

HALF TIME Wyoming Seminary is finding generous room in the Eastern defensive end; will this contune in the second half?

HALF TIME As good and crafty as Ryleigh Heck is, Eastern is going to have to find other options in the circle in order to come out on top. Wyoming Seminary is dropping as many as four players around her in order to deny possession

HALF TIME The horn sounds with the sides level 3-3

29:20 EAS PC Option-right to Heck is picked off

28:44 EAS YELLOW CARD And a situation is developing; Wyoming Seminary head coach Karen Klassner, who doubles as the school’s athletic director, is having to come over to the opposite sideline to deal with a problem in the stands

27:00 EAS GOAL Ryleigh Heck is able to get open in the circle with the ball, and, while going down on one knee, knifes the ball into the top corner on the backhander! ¡Golazo! Game is tied 3-3

24:04 SEM GOAL A backhand pass from outside the circle finds a teammate at the penalty spot, who deflects it in! Seminary is up 3-2

21:30 Some crafty play by Eastern leads to a chance at the doorstep, but the deflected ball does not find the goal

20:17 SEM GOAL Ball goes into the circle and an angled shot from deep on the wing finds the cage! Game is tied 2-2

19:20 SEM PC Barbacci’s blast is stopped; follow-up by Watchilla is wide!

18:20 SEM PC Option-left to the top is a blast, but Eastern goalkeeper Susie Miller says no

16:50 Izzy Bianco tries an angled blast, but Wyoming Seminary goalie Laine Cabell says no

15:00 The second quarter begins

END FIRST The whistle blows an end to an entertaining first quarter with Eastern leading the game 2-1

14:40 SEM PC Option-right is defensed and cleared

14:30 A shot goes in, but is judged to have gone off a Sem foot

12:11 EAS GOAL Ryleigh Heck, hunting like a ravenous wolf for the ball, is able to shovel it in from the left side and gives the Vikings a 2-1 lead

11:30 SEM PC Barbacci’s option-left is stopped!

11:00 SEM PC Option-left is saved; will re-rack for a foot

8:30 EAS GOAL And, just like that, Eastern strikes back through Ryleigh Heck as she beats the Sem left-wing defense and goalkeeper! Game tied 1-1

7:21 SEM GOAL Eastern’s defense allows two Seminary players to get open on the doorstep, and the ball goes in! 1-0 Wyoming Seminary

5:30 Ryleigh Heck is double-teamed and dispossessed at the top of the circle

4:10 SEM PC A three-way pass play leads to a shot which is blocked down

2:00 Eastern played last night, an 8-1 win over Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.); the Vikings are on the back foot here

1:45 An Eastern turnover forces a save; kind of reminds me of the first minutes of the Villa Maria game a couple of weeks back

0:59 Wyoming Seminary has the first chance, but it is judged to be a dangerous shot

0:00 The game is on

PREGAME Wyoming Seminary is in the white strip with blue numerals and kilts, while Eastern will be in the navy with white numerals

PREGAME The teams are warming up on the Klassner Field turf with clear skies and cool conditions with temperatures around 60

PREGAME There was the 2007 “Shoe Game” where Kat Sharkey played the latter stages of the match with her turf shoe taped to her foot, and then there was the 2009 contest when Madeleine Hackett scored on three penalty strokes during a post-overtime tiebreaker that went 11 rounds

PREGAME The reason this game is worth your time and energy is because these teams have played each other every year but one since 2006, and several of these games were absolute classics

PREGAME Wyoming Seminary is led by a pair of juniors. Ella Barbacci, the daughter of the team’s long-time assistant coach, is a player who not only has great scoring ability, she knows when to score. Emma Watchilla is a crafty scorer in the circle. Watch also for Maddie Olshemski from this junior class

PREGAME Eastern is a senior-laden team, and extremely strong up the middle. Center forward Ryleigh Heck is the third-leading goal-scorer in National Federation history. Center midfielder Riley Hudson is an extremely strong two-way player, and center back Tess Herman has rounded into form the last few weeks. Izzy Bianco, the team’s right midfielder, is a quality player who has a rocket shot

PREGAME These teams, as you just saw, have not had perfect seasons thus far. Sem, a week ago, dropped a 2-1 game to Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.); Eastern, two weeks ago, were shut out by Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.) 3-0. It was the first time that the Vikings’ offense had not registered a goal in at least 22 years

PREGAME Wyoming Seminary, the No. 9 team in the TopOfTheCircle.com Top 10, is 9-1 on the season; Eastern, the No. 5 team, is 13-1

PREGAME Hello, and welcome to Klassner Field in Kingston, Pa., on the campus of Wyoming Seminary for this interstate field hockey game between the host Knights and Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)

Oct. 8, 2021 — Friday Statwatch for games played through Oct. 6

Our Stat of the Week is an obvious one. We saw the first scholastic coach ever to get 1,000 wins in field hockey, as Susan Butz-Stavin not only earned that milestone, but got No. 1,001 a day later against Easton (Pa.).

But there is another statistical occurrence which is starting to come to a head this week. In perhaps the best version of “Can You Top This?” since the likes of Tracey Fuchs and Sharon Landau were the top scorers on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley of New York, there are two field hockey players who have both done some tremendous work in the attack end of the pitch.

In the last week, both Ryleigh Heck of Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) and Talia Schenck of Lawrence (N.J.) became part of a hallowed group of players to have ever scored as many as 10 goals in a field hockey game. Schenck, as of Wednesday, had 203 goals, which is amongst the Top 10 all time for a career. She leads the nation as of the close of play Wednesday with 72 goals.

Not so far behind is Ryleigh Heck, who not only was your national scoring champion two years ago as a sophomore, but had the greatest goals-per-game average ever recorded in field hockey a year ago. She has 64 goals this season, and 262 overall.

I’ve seen both players this year, and they have their own varied strengths in their respective games. They will bring a lot to their college programs next year: Heck to North Carolina, and Schenck to Princeton.

Below is our usual weekly compilation of American scholastic field hockey statistics, culled from, amongst other sources, MaxPreps, Berks Game Day, the KHSAA, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Advance Media.

We especially would like to get as many coaches and other field hockey people to register for the MaxPreps.com platform, and we encourage you to get your fellow teams as well as perhaps your conference, league, or your state governing body to enter field hockey information there, so that we can aim for as complete a statistical picture of the country as possible. 

SEASON GOALS
72 Talia Schenck, Lawrence (N.J.)
64 Ryleigh Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
51 Alana McVeigh, Upper Gwynedd Gwynedd-Mercy Academy (Pa.)
39 Molly Catchpole, Watchung Mount St. Mary’s Academy (N.J.)
39 Ava Zerfass, Emmaus (Pa.)
35 Natali Foster, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)
32 Casey Lynn Dewald, Fleetwood (Pa.)
29 Olivia Weir, Princeton (N.J.)
28 Julia Bressler, Reading Berks Catholic (Pa.)
27 Reese Anetsberger, Glenbrook (Ill.) South
27 Hadley Kuzmicky, North Oldham (Ky.)

SEASON ASSISTS
31 Natali Foster, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)
29 Izzy Bianco, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
25 Alexis Kociban, Emmaus (Pa.)
24 Hope Haynes, Houston Kincaid School (Tex.)
21 Emily Williams, Louisville Ballard (Ky.)
21 Riley Hudson, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
19 Sammie Goin, Ashburn Independence (Va.)
19 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)

CAREER GOALS
262 Ryleigh Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
203 Talia Schenck, Lawrence (N.J.)
153 Alaina McVeigh, Gwynedd Valley Gwynedd-Mercy Academy (Pa.)
116 Molly Catchpole, Watchung Mount St. Mary’s Academy (N.J.)
111 Natali Foster, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)
105 Julia Bressler, Reading Berks Catholic (Pa.)
103 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
97 Victoria Griffiths, Woolwich Kingsway (N.J.)
92 Maci Bradford, Delmar (Del.)
84 Josie Hollamon, Delmar (Del.)

CAREER ASSISTS
106 Natali Foster, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)
83 Izzy Bianco, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
79 Dylan Breier, Louisville duPont Manual (Ky.)
73 Ryleigh Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
71 Riley Hudson, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)

CONSECUTIVE WINS
85 Delmar (Del.)
30 Emmaus (Pa.)

CONSECUTIVE UNBEATEN
85 Delmar (Del.)
30 Emmaus (Pa.)

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I thank you all for stopping by this corner of the blog, and we’ll try it all again next week.

Oct. 7, 2021 — A game-changer for young people

This morning, word came that Pfizer made a formal request to the Food and Drug Administration to authorize its Coronavirus vaccine for children age 5-11. It’s estimated that up to 28 million children in the United States would be eligible for the shots if the FDA panel green-lights the vaccine.

For most of the duration of the global pandemic, the target demographic for people getting vaccines have been persons over the age of 18, fully grown adults and the elderly. But in the last few months, as the vaccinated population has risen, the demographics have skewed towards younger groups.

As in-person schooling has become the norm in many American school districts this fall, there has been a greater effort in getting vaccines in students under the age of 18, especially student-athletes. Indeed, there are several large and prominent school district across the U.S. are mandating vaccination for people wanting to play winter sports, almost all of which are played indoors.

The Pfizer vaccine for the 5-11 age group will almost certainly prompt more districts to mandate vaccines for high-school aged student-athletes.

The way I see it, anything to make the atmosphere safer for everyone involved is a good thing.

Oct. 6, 2021 — For the NWSL, its reckoning begins tonight

This evening, the National Women’s Soccer League retakes the field in Philadelphia, Portland, and Cary, N.C. for the first time since revelations about systemic and pervasive verbal and sexual abuse of pro women’s soccer players in the nation’s longest-surviving Division I league came to light.

The revelations, published in The Washington Post, have resulted in the resignation of coaches, the departure of the CEO of one team, and the stepping-down of NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird and her general counsel.

The league begins this week much changed from the beginning from of the 2021 season, with the resignations of several coaches for cause and all manner of questions being asked of team and league officials as to why certain coaches, with reputations of abuse, were allowed to become coaches in the league.

In addition, there are questions about the quality of officiating within the league, with poorly-paid secondary-level game officials (you’ll notice them because their referee patches are other than black) and the lack of video assistant refereeing.

But what seems to be the major issue that is driving a lot of the grievances within the league is the lack of a collective bargaining agreement. The league has found its feet, expanding to as many as 12 teams by 2023, but the main body of NWSL players are not paid a living wage. Players have had to scrounge around as Door Dash delivery people, or hire themselves out to soccer camps, to get by. Indeed, the NWSL Players’ Association and supporters have been bandying around a hashtag to agitate for an agreement between players and owners. The hashtag is #NoMoreSideHustles, and that hashtag is likely to be part of displays and banners at games between now and the end of the season.

I suggest taking a look at the supporters groups during the games — the Spirit Squadron, Cloud 9, the Rose City Riveters, the Uproar, the Bayou City Republic, and the Rose Room Collective. What these groups do in terms of not only their team support, but their activism off the pitch, will go a long way to determining what happens with the league in terms of governance and ownership in this critical time.

BULLETIN: Oct. 5, 2021 — Emmaus’ Butz-Stavin earns her 1,000th coaching win

With a 12-0 win over Dingman’s Ferry East Stroudsburg North (Pa.), the Emmaus field hockey team not only went to 12-0 on the season, but head coach Susan Butz-Stavin won her 1,000th game on the sidelines.

We interviewed her 19 years ago, and the principles and maxims she talked about that day are still relevant today. Now, when this story was written, we were unacquainted with players like Allison Evans, Meredith Sholder, Rachel and Annika Herbine, and, especially, Tara, Rachel, and Erin Jennings. It was with the Jennings triplets when Emmaus won three championships in four seasons, and I think the triplets’ senior season of 2007 may have been the apex of the Hornets’ power.

But then again, it could also have been five years ago when Sholder, along with future UNC teammate Madison Orobono and future Iowa opponent Leah Zellner finished off a 27-0 season with an overtime win over Palmyra (Pa.).

Such is the excellence over which Butz-Stavin has presided over the years. While the game has changed, the fundamentals have not. While the faces have changed, the expectations have not.

Congratulations, Coach. What a tremendous honor borne of tremendous effort.

Oct. 5, 2021 — Top 10 for the week of Oct. 3

It’s getting harder and harder to gauge who belongs in this Top 10 week by week. Yes, the results speak for themselves, but there are so many variables which are coming into play, including travel and whether or not player are available for certain games.

Think of this, however: in the past two weeks, three of our preseason Top 10 teams — Eastern, Oak Knoll, and West Essex — have suffered shutout defeats. It’s complicated!

Our RightToRightIsRight.com No. 11 Team of the Week is Assumption University. The Greyhounds are the No. 4 team in the most recent NCAA Division II poll, and are a team very much on the rise. The team went its first 42 seasons with two ECAC Division II championships to show for it. The 2019 season saw the team make its first NCAA tournament, but lost in the opening round 1-0 to East Stroudsburg. Assumption then went some 22 months without a competitive match because of the global pandemic, but have started very strong in 2021.

1. Delmar (Del.) 7-0
Thursday, the Wildcats will take on Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) in the closest thing Delaware has to a Tournament of Champions. Both hold their respective DIAA titles

2. Emmaus (Pa.) 11-0
This evening, this high-flying Hornet squad goes for head coach Susan Butz-Stavin’s 1000th win against Dingman’s Ferry East Stroudsburg North (Pa.)

3. Malvern Villa Maria Academy (Pa.) 11-1
Beat Merion (Pa.) Mercy Academy 5-2 to close out last week’s play; Hurricanes face a good Upper Gwynedd Gwynedd-Mercy Academy (Pa.) side on Thursday

4. Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 7-0
Beat Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) in the latest edition of the Mill Dam Creek Derby

5. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 10-1
The Vikings have started to knit together much better on the defensive end in recent matches, though there will be enormous tests this weekend with Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) and Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.)

6. Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 9-1
EA will meet up with Villanova Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pa.) on Thursday in what could be a bellweather game for InterAc and PAISAA honors this season

7. Pottstown Hill School (Pa.) 7-1
After last weekend’s NHSI wins over Brooklandville Garrison Forest (Md.) and Houston Kinkaid School (Tex.), Hill had an impressive 4-0 win over North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.)

8. Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 10-0
Hornets beat Mamaroneck (N.Y.) 3-1 in an intersectional matchup on Saturday

9. Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 7-1
This weekend, the Knights host Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) and Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) in the teams’ annual series of games

10. Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 10-0-1
Falcons got a hard-fought win over Hershey (Pa.) and drew 1-1 against Palmyra (Pa.) during Rivalry Week

11. Assumption University (8-1)
Isabel Primack, Deirdre Burchill, and Mia Salah have been pacing the Greyhounds’ offense thus far

Who’s out: Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 4-0 loss to Greenwich Sacred Heart (Conn.); North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 4-0 loss to Pottstown Hill School (Pa.)

And bear in mind: San Diego Scripps Ranch (Calif.) 10-0-1, Darien (Conn.) 8-0, Greenwich Sacred Heart (Conn.) 5-3, Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 16-1, Walpole (Mass.) 7-0, Watertown (Mass.) 6-0, Ann Arbor Pioneer (Mich.) 12-0, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 10-1, Northport (N.Y.) 9-0, Columbus Bishop Watterson (Ohio) 12-0-1, Worthington Thomas Worthington (Ohio) 12-0-1, Palmyra (Pa.) 10-1-1, Houston Kincaid School (Texas) 9-1

Oct. 4, 2021 — Multiple outlets, a good thing

This site hasn’t been affected at all by today’s outage of social media presences like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram.

Indeed, the great thing about what we’ve done over the past 23 years on this site is to build in a measure of redundancy. For the blog, we designed this site to have a front and a side door; there are three ways to get to these words.

It’s much the same with our social media posts. Although our Unfiltered series is based on what we have on Instagram, you can access the post through Twitter or Facebook. Our TikTok videos can be found through Instagram.

So, we’re still here, still writing, and still listening to what is going on so that you, the readership, can be informed.