Is Cardinal O’Hara’s Grace Boston eyeing up another All-Delco nod?
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Yep, it’s almost that time again. With the field hockey season enters its final weeks, it means that the All-Delco team is in the process of being determined (!) and nearly finalized (!!!). I’ve tried to see as many teams as possible this year – my apologies to Upper Darby, Marple Newtown, Penncrest, Bonner-Prendergast and Agnes Irwin for not being able to make it to a game this year – but I can always use more feedback on the All-Delco team. We at the Daily Times like to think of it as a pretty prestigious honor, so we could use your help.
So here’s the deal. Let me know who should be the 12 players selected to the All-Delco team. There will be 11 position players and one goalie picked. There will not be a set format of X amount of forwards, X amount of midfielders and X amount of defenders. Best 12 players. That’s it. Remember that Delco encompasses nine Central League teams (Garnet Valley, Haverford, Marple Newtown, Penncrest, Radnor, Ridley, Springfield, Strath Haven and Upper Darby), three Del Val teams (Academy Park, Chichester and Interboro), three Inter-Ac teams (Agnes Irwin, Episcopal Academy and Notre Dame), three Catholic League teams (Archbishop Carroll, Bonner-Prendergast and Cardinal O’Hara) and one team from both the Bicentennial League (Delco Christian), the Catholic Academies League (Sacred Heart) and the Ches-Mont League (Sun Valley).
Stat leaders, which will be updated this weekend, can be found here. Here is a link to last year’s Player of the Year story on Emily Fuss, and here is a link to the rest of last year’s All-Delco team, where you can see what I mean by no true positional formula. There were two goalies, five midfielders, one defender, and four forwards. That list includes seven returning players who needed to earn their spots again in Cardinal O’Hara’s Grace Boston, Episcopal Academy’s Alana Dumas, Archbishop Carroll’s Katie Kelly, Haverford’s Jess McCarthy, Garnet Valley’s Eleanor Kirby and the Notre Dame duo of Emily Faught and Moira Putsch. Just because you earned All-Delco before doesn’t automatically mean you get it again, though all seven of those players put forth outstanding years again. Additionally, just because a team is better than another doesn’t necessarily mean it will have more All-Delcos. It’s best individual players, not best teams.
Let me know who the best 12 are without disparaging other players. Insults of any kind will be deleted.