Wolgemuth, Wagner selected All-State

By on December 23, 2014
Junior Jillian Wolgemuth was a force at center midfield for Manheim Central this fall and earned First-Team All-State Double-A accolades.

Junior Jillian Wolgemuth was a force at center midfield for Manheim Central this fall and earned First-Team All-State Double-A accolades.

Manheim Central senior Morgan Wagner earned All-State Second-Team accolades.

Manheim Central senior Morgan Wagner earned All-State Second-Team accolades.

As the Manheim Central field hockey team marched to a fourth-place finish in the District Three Double-A Tournament and qualified for States this fall, junior Jillian Wolgemuth and senior Morgan Wagner played key roles for the Lady Barons.

Their contributions didn’t go unnoticed by the Double-A All-State selection committee.

Wolgemuth was named a First-Team star, while Wagner took home Second-Team accolades when the list of honorees was recently released. Wolgemuth also earned NFHCA High School All-Pennsylvania Region Second-Team recognition.

“I was very pleased. I think they both deserved it,” Manheim Central coach Lisa McCoy said. “They both had very incredible seasons, they both worked hard for the team, so I was really happy with the recognition for them.”

Considering the Lady Barons also claimed the Section Two crown for the first time since 2006 and finished with a 19-5 overall record, “incredible” was a good term to describe the season.

Through the end of the regular season, Wolgemuth led the L-L League in total points. By the time MC was eliminated with a tough 2-1 loss to eventual State champ Villa Maria in the first round of the PIAA Tournament, she had a team-best 22 goals and 17 assists on her resume.

“She’s a competitor,” McCoy said of Wolgemuth. “She never gives up on the field. She definitely holds our team together in a sense of really working hard for the team and she just really leaves it all on the field when she plays.”

She was one just four L-L players to earn All-Pennsylvania First or Second-Team recognition, joining Penn Manor’s Brooke Deberdine and Cassandra Kline and Donegal’s Amanda Robinson.

No doubt, when other teams game-planned for Manheim Central, they were well aware of Wolgemuth’s impact as a center midfielder.

“She really distributes the play throughout the field, in the attack and also helping from the defensive positioning when we start to counter attack,” McCoy remarked. “She really has a good sense of vision for the field and really is a playmaker.”

Wagner was an excellent playmaker in her own right, tallying 22 goals and nine assists this season from her forward position.

“She just has a lot of grit,” McCoy said. “She’s sort of that little sparkplug on the forward line that just makes a decision of, ‘OK, I’m going to go score,’ and kinda digs in and gets it done.”

Wagner was one of two seniors on the Lady Barons’ team this fall, along with Kelsey Hammons.

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