Medina field hockey has good nucleus

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 26 August 2016 at 1:34 pm
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Photo by Mike Wertman – The Medina field hockey team’s large group of veteran players includes, in front, Sarah Granchelli, Tea Cardone, Alissa Blount and Guin Schalck. In back are Bryhana Sikorski, Lillian Duffield, Alaina Boyce, Alexis Maines and Lacey Kenward. Missing from the photo is Grace Flores.

Ten returnees provide a good nucleus as the Medina field hockey team prepares for the upcoming Niagara-Orleans League season.

Looking to rebound from last year’s 1-11 N-O record, the Mustangs returning contingent includes seniors Bryhana Sikorski (Attack), Tea Cardone (Attack), Alaina Boyce (Defender), Sarah Granchelli (Attack) and Lillian Duffield (Defender) ; juniors Alexis Maines (Attack) and Grace Flores (Defender); sophomores Alissa Blount (Goalie) and Guin Schalck (Attack) and freshman Lacey Kenward (Attack).

“We’ve got a lot of returners and a lot of experience,” said Coach Amber Cleaveland. “And we’ve got some new kids who are nice additions.”

The Mustangs key losses to graduation include Stella Russo, who earned first team N-O All-League honors, Michaela Cardone, a second team N-O honoree and Hanna Lonnen, an Honorable Mention selection.

The Mustangs are scheduled to open the N-O season at home on September 1 against Newfane.

September: 1 – Newfane, 4:45 p.m.; 6 – at Kenmore, 4:45 p.m.; 8 – Roy-hart, 7:15 p.m.; 13 – Barker, 4:45 p.m.; 16 – St. Mary’s, Lancaster, 4:30 p.m.; 20 – at Akron, 4:45 p.m.; 22 – at Wilson, 6:30 p.m.; 24 – at Buffalo Seminary, 10 a.m.; 27 – at Newfane, 4:45 p.m.; 29 – Kenmore, 5 p.m.
October: 4 – at Roy-Hart, 4:45 p.m.; 6 – at Barker, 4:45 p.m.; 7 – at St. Mary’s, Lancaster, 5 p.m.; 13 – Akron, 7:15 p.m.; 18 – Wilson, 4:45 p.m.; 20 – Buffalo Seminary, 5:30 p.m.