(Nov. 15, 2019) Several members of the Stephen Decatur field hockey team earned Bayside Conference honors for their performances during the 2019 season.
Senior captain Ava Bullock scored a spot on the Bayside South Second Team.
Decatur Coach Amy Matthews also presented her with the team MVP award.
Matthews said Bullock truly loves the sport of field hockey.
“She gave it her all on the field and motivated her teammates at the same time,” she said. “She was the heart of the team. The other players depended on her and looked up to her. We will miss her so much next year.”
Sophomore Skylar Griffin received Bayside South Honorable Mention accolades. Matthews gave her the team MVP Midfield award.
“[Her] speed and improving stick skills helped us many times to move the ball up the field,” Matthews said. “We could put her anywhere on the field and knew she would get the job done. She gave it her all and left everything on the field, Matthews said.
“We are excited that we have two more years with her,” she added.
Senior captain Haley Triplett also earned an honorable mention conference award.
“Haley was always so positive and worked really hard,” Matthews said.
She presented the team MVP Defense award to two players – juniors Aly Braciszewski and PJ Venezia-Westphal.
“They gave it their all every day at practice and during the games,” Matthews said. “They always had a positive attitude and worked really hard to improve their skills. We are very happy to have these two girls back next year.”
Freshman Bre Ferguson took home the team’s Rookie of the Year award.
“She came in and made an immediate impression on the coaches. She was never intimidated by the older players and played in the games and practices with intensity and passion,” Matthews said. “Her field sense is phenomenal and we couldn’t be more proud of her.”
Sophomore Hannah Short was given the Coaches Award.
“She showed us every day how much she loved field hockey and how much she wanted to be out on the field,” Matthews said. “She pushed herself so hard and became a smart and confident player on the field.
“In the middle of the season [because of an injury], she went from a player to another coach,” Matthews added. “From the sidelines, she encouraged her teammates every day to give it their all. We cannot wait to have her back next year as a player for the whole season.”
The team finished with a 3-10 record. The last time the Seahawks won three games in a season was in 2011, when the squad also finished with a 3-10 record. In 2010, the team went 4-8-1.
Decatur also netted six goals this season, the most the team has scored in more than six years, when Matthews took over the program.
“It was nice for the girls to get some wins and gain confidence,” Matthews said. “They wanted to show everybody what they can do.”