Bollinger, Hosler claim All-State recognition

By on December 5, 2018

Manheim Central’s Lexi Hosler prepares to make a backhand pass to a teammate at Donegal High School in Mount Joy, PA on October 24, 2018.

Senior Codi Bollinger and junior Lexi Hosler were presented with the challenge of playing new positions for Manheim Central this fall.

But neither missed a beat.

In fact, they thrived in their roles.

Bollinger tied Lily Sipel for the team lead in goal-scoring, each with 15, and Hosler added 21 points, helping the Lady Barons field hockey team place fourth n the District Three Double-A Tournament and qualify for States.

“It was really fun to watch both Codi and Lexi develop over the course of the year,” first-year Lady Baron field hockey coach Morgan Briggs said. “They both just added a lot more depth to our team with the variety of skills that they have.”

Briggs wasn’t the only one who noticed their impact for the Manheim Central girls.

On Monday, the Pennsylvania High School Field Hockey Coaches Association named Bollinger and Hosler as Second-Team All-State Double-A selections. They were two of 21 L-L League players who received recognition.

Manheim Central’s Codi Bollinger dribbles towards the goal at Donegal High School in Mount Joy, PA on October 24, 2018.

In 2017, Bollinger was an All-State Honorable Mention selection.

“I wasn’t surprised,” Briggs said. “I was really happy that the girls were named All-State and I knew they had a really good shot of making it. I was really excited for both of them.”

Primarily a forward until this season, Bollinger adjusted to outside mid, with her speed and stick skills being among her two biggest strengths. She also contributed with seven assists this season, giving her a team-leading 37 points.

But as Briggs notes, Bollinger probably doesn’t get enough credit for her shot, which was a weapon for MC on its penalty corner opportunities.

“Whenever she’s being recruited by teams, they’ll say, ‘You’ve got to watch number 29. She’s super fast, she’ll kill you with her speed, but she’s also very, very deceptive with her corner strikes and just the way she can really nail the ball into the back of the cage,’” Briggs said. “It’s been awesome having her as our number one corner striker.”

As the season went on and Bollinger became more confident, her defensive skills, in addition to her ability to read the passing lanes shined as well.

“She totally embraced it and did really well,” Briggs remarked.

Hosler, meanwhile, shifted from outside mid to the center mid spot when her sister, Maddie, graduated.

Like Bollinger, she made big strides while playing in the team’s quarterback role.

“As the season progressed, you could see how (Lexi) really grew with just her vision of the field and seeing what her passing options were and not just dribbling head down in traffic,” Briggs said. “She was able to really pick her head up, see her passes out wide to her outside midfielders, and be able to make some great through passes to her forwards.”

Manheim Central’s coach describes Hosler’s work ethic as being “relentless.”

“I think something that defines Lexi is she just works so hard and she lays it all on the field every single game,” Briggs said. “From back in August compared to November, she’s taken so many great strides in her defensive footwork and body positioning. She really did a lot better in the second half of our season.”

As the weather turned colder in November, both Bollinger and Hosler played key roles in getting the Lady Barons into the PIAA State Tournament.

“Both of them were so huge,” Briggs said. “They did a really good job not just on the offensive side of the ball, but also defensively, and they were both very hard workers, great role models for our younger players and just very, very deserving of the All-State honor, for sure.”

 

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