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Three area field hockey players named All-State
BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
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For Warwick’s Marleise Emrhein, the numbers told the story.
In nine playoff field hockey games this fall, the junior forward recorded a team-high nine points on six goals and three assists.
She scored at least one point in five of the Lady Warriors’ six District and State games.
"I think what really helped Marleise is she got better as the playoffs continued," Warwick coach Bob Derr said. "She was able to get free a little more often and then be dangerous."
Last week, it came as no surprise that Emrhein earned her first selection to the All-State Triple-A field hockey team, garnering Second-Team honors from the voters.
She was joined on the All-State squad by Warwick senior Liz Wenger and Manheim Central sophomore Jillian Wolgemuth, who were both named First-Team All-State.
For Wenger, this was the second consecutive year that she received First-Team accolades.
"We saw that in her when she came up as a freshman, just her physical capability with speed and game sense on the field and her ball control," Derr said of Wenger, who also recently earned NFHCA All-Region honors. "We knew that she was going to be a good, strong dynamic player. She’s going to be extremely missed."
Fortunately for Manheim Central, Wolgemuth is back for two more seasons. That is certainly good news for Lady Barons coach Lisa McCoy.
"I was really excited for her (to be named All-State)," McCoy remarked. "I think she’s worked really hard and she really works hard in the off-season too to improve her game. That’s really become apparent that she’s done a good job with that."
Wolgemuth led Manheim Central in total points this fall with 14 goals and 11 assists, as the Lady Barons advanced to the L-L League and District Three Triple-A quarterfinals. As an attacking midfielder, Wolgemuth was a big part of the Lady Barons’ success.
"She never gives up. She’s very aggressive in her play and she just always gives 100 percent to the game," McCoy said. "So that’s a big strength. And she works hard at her game and has developed really good skillwork because of that. So that has really helped her … That’s a great honor for a sophomore to be named First-Team All-State as a sophomore and we’ll certainly continue to work for her to get to the best she can be."
Like Wolgemuth for Manheim Central, Emrhein will be back next year for the Lady Warriors. She is part of a strong returning cast of players from the Warwick squad which advanced to the L-L League and District Three Triple-A finals and then to the State quarter-finals this fall.
Emrhein used a powerful shot to finish the 2013 campaign with 22 goals and 10 assists.
By her ability to get herself open more often as the season unfolded, Emrhein made herself even more feared at the offensive end.
"Like all Warwick field hockey players, she is always looking for ways to get better. During the season, she had trouble getting free and getting open as a forward. But as the season progressed on, she got better at that and I think she knew that was a weakness of hers that she had to address," Derr said of Emhrein, who currently has 39 goals and 19 assists in her career. "That’s one thing about her is she can shoot on both sides of the body. She can shoot on the reverse and she can shoot on the forehand and she’s dangerous because it’s a heck of a shot. It’s going to be a rocket. But if you can’t get open, then obviously, you’re not going to get too many shots. But as the season progressed and in the playoffs, that’s where she started getting better and getting free. Kudos to her because that’s what she needed to do to make herself dangerous as a player. She did a great job of doing that and getting Second-Team honors. That was good."
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