(Nov. 16, 2018) Several members of the Stephen Decatur field hockey team earned Bayside Conference honors for their performance during the 2018 season.
Senior captain Lily Figgs was named to the Bayside South First Team. Decatur Coach Amy Matthews also presented Figgs with the team’s Coaches Award.
“The Coaches Award goes to a player who showed us every day how much she loved field hockey and how much she wanted to be out on the field. She pushed herself so hard and became a smart and confident player on the field,” Matthews said. “She encouraged her teammates every day to give it their all. When the referees called the captain’s meeting in the beginning of every game, I was proud to stand next to our one and only captain, Lily Figgs.”
Second Team accolades went to juniors Ava Bullock and Haley Triplett.
Matthews said Triplett is a “versatile player [and] awesome at every position.”
Bullock was also awarded team MVP.
“The MVP Team Award goes to a player whose speed and improving stick skills helped us many times to move the ball up the field,” Matthews said. “We could put this player anywhere on the field and knew she would get the job done.”
Matthews said she is looking forward to one more season having Bullock on the team.
Bayside Honorable Mention awards went to freshman Skylar Griffin and sophomore Kirra Hearn.
Matthews presented the team’s Unsung Hero award to Hearn.
“The Unsung Hero Award goes to a player who gives everything but typically does not get the recognition that she deserves,” Matthews said. “[Hearn played] all over the field in the beginning of the season, but she found her true calling when we moved her to defense. She really seemed comfortable there and was able to shine on the field.”
Matthews chose Griffin as the team’s Rookie of the Year.
“The Rookie of the Year goes to a player who came and made an immediate impression on the coaches,” she said. “She was never intimidated by the older players and played in the games and practices with intensity and passion. Her field sense is phenomenal and we couldn’t be more proud of her.”
Sophomore Yasmeen Sbih took home the team’s Most Improved award. Matthews said she dramatically increased her stick skills and confidence as the season went on.
“She stepped up in so many games when we needed her speed and aggression on the field,” she added. “We can’t wait to see her continued improvement next year and are so excited we have two more years with her.”
Decatur finished the season with a 1-12 record. The Lady Seahawks’ season ended with a lost in the first round of the 2A South Region Section II.