Mallory Merda's picks for the 2017 All-Sentinel Field Hockey Team, including Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, First Team and Honorable Mention selections.
2017 All-Sentinel Field Hockey Team: Player of the Year
Jenna White, jr., F, East Pennsboro
A solid setup player or just all-around scoring machine, White had the factors that would make her a solid addition to any squad in the Mid-Penn. Her speed and abilities allowed her to move around the opposition with ease, either setting up her own scoring opportunities or those of a teammate. The Panthers were players in the PIAA playoffs after making the District 3 Class 2A third-place game behind White's performance. She ended her junior season with 22 goals and 20 assists, along with her 100th career point. White made first team on the 2016 All-Sentinel Team.
From coach Tabi Kleese: "Jenna's speed and burst of energy is unparalleled to much of her competition and was a key component that helped propel our team to outscore and win games, whether that was through an assist or a goal."
2017 All-Sentinel Field Hockey Team: Coach of the Year
Tabi Kleese, East Pennsboro
Kleese took her Panthers squad all the way to a third-place finish in District 3 Class 2A and to another appearance at states. Kleese and her squad consistently won, finishing 20-4 on the year. With some top-notch talent returning next season, including White on the front line, Kleese will undoubtedly have another state-contender on her hands. Boiling Springs' Kortney Showers also earns a nod for this spot after taking over for Kim Spisak and leading the Bubblers to the second round of districts in just her first season.
2017 All-Sentinel Field Hockey Team: First Team
Kyra Gerber, sr., F, Northern — If you need a clutch player to score game-winners, Gerber may be your girl. With 13 goals on the year, she knew how to find the net. A keen sense of sight and play-making ability on offense, Gerber had multiple games where she scored more than once.
Maddie Brown-Scherer, sr., F, Cumberland Valley — Brown-Scherer would make any team happy to have her on the front lines. She uses her speed and quick stick work to fly past opponents and find the back of the net. She also is very versatile, with the ability to turn around and make a play for a teammate and set up chances. Brown-Scherer ended the season with 13 goals and nine assists, and 88 points for her career. Brown-Scherer made honorable mention on the 2016 All-Sentinel Team.
Rachel Schmidt, sr., F, Big Spring — Schmidt led the Mid-Penn Colonial in scoring with 20 goals and six assists and was a lethal asset for the Bulldogs. With a keen sense for where to be on the field, how to make a play and create chances for her teammates, Schmidt will definitely be missed on next year's squad.
Ellie Hoover, sr., MF, Mechanicsburg — An all-around player, Hoover knows how to play any position and she plays them well. One of the best on defensive corners, Hoover was a "natural leader with the team and never took a play off," according to her coach, Tonya Brown. She will be an All-Academic player with the National Field Hockey Association.
Gery Schnarrs, so., MF, East Pennsboro — With 18 goals and 16 assists, it's no wonder Schnarrs was voted MVP of her team. Schnarrs' excellent stick work and defensive saves on corners has already gotten her looks from Division I schools, not to mention the fact that she's been a part of the Futures National Team and AAU Junior Olympics Team. Schnarrs made honorable mention on the 2016 All-Sentinel Team.
Paige Bond, jr., MF, Boiling Springs — Pretty much the glue that helped keep the Bubblers together, Bond used her leadership skills to help guide her teammates through a coaching change before this season. She ended the season with 10 goals and 13 assists and still has another year left in her for the Bubblers. Bond made honorable mention on the 2016 All-Sentinel Team.
Abigail Walters, sr., MF, Carlisle — Deemed a "very versatile player" by head coach Cecelia Clippinger, Walters was a nuisance to any opposition. Her leadership allowed her to be selfless on the field, and in turn it helped make everyone around her better. Her speed and stick work were among the best in the Mid-Penn and she has the physical and mental toughness to go along with it. Walters made honorable mention on the 2016 All-Sentinel Team.
Allison Neslund, sr., MF, Carlisle — Like Walters, Neslund used her captaincy to help lead her team in a positive and impactful way. She was the glue that held down the left side of the midfield, and she could get out of pretty much any traffic situation with her impressive stick work. She ends her high school career with 17 goals and 10 assists. Neslund made honorable mention on the 2016 All-Sentinel Team.
Erica Wenrich, so., D, East Pennsboro — If you need someone to make block tackles, Wenrich is your girl. She makes stick work and passes look smooth and easy, while also carrying the ball out of the defensive zone with ease.
Bella Zarcone, fr., D, Camp Hill — Zarcone gave opposing teams the most trouble this season as a double threat on defense and scoring off corners. Her defensive ability is already among the best in the Mid-Penn Capital and she can quickly diffuse a situation to either move the ball up or defend against opposing chances.
Becca Harbert, sr., G, Cumberland Valley — No one sees the ball quite like Harbert. With her quick timing and ability to see the field and a play before it happens, Harbert may have been one of the biggest assets for the Eagles. With 74 saves this season, Harbert ends her high school career with over 200 saves in the books.
2017 All-Sentinel Field Hockey Team: Honorable Mention
Samantha Meacock, sr., MF, Big Spring; Paige Snyder, sr., MF, Big Spring; Megan Cornwall, sr., MF, Boiling Springs; Sydney Harris, sr., D, Boiling Springs; Devan Eickhoff, sr., F, Boiling Springs; Allie Ball, jr., D, Boiling Springs; Grace Sibert, fr., MF, Boiling Springs; Megan Tomalis, F, Camp Hill; Emilie Zukowski, sr., F, Carlisle; Brooke Stoner, sr., F, Carlisle; Grace Dymski, sr., D, Carlisle; Maddison Young, sr., MF, Carlisle; Natalie Rocuskie, so., F, Cedar Cliff; Brinley Foster, so., MF, Cedar Cliff; Julia Breneman, so., D, Cedar Cliff; Mia Katterman, jr., D, Cumberland Valley; Sam Krebs, jr., F, Cumberland Valley; Sydney Rimmer, sr., MF, Cumberland Valley; Marissa Reber, sr., MF, Cumberland Valley; Anna Kirn, jr., MF, East Pennsboro; Erica Wenrich, so., MF, East Pennsboro; Kylie Knipe, so., MF, East Pennsboro; Rachel Richards, sr., MF, East Pennsboro; Emma Miller, jr., D, East Pennsboro; Anna Kirn, jr., D, East Pennsboro; Eileen Besselman, sr., G, Mechanicsburg; Sophia Morrison, jr., F, Mechanicsburg; Isabel Villegas, sr., D, Mechanicsburg; Kelsey Heltzel, fr., MF, Northern; Kathryn Armstrong, sr., G, Northern; Elayna Barton, sr., MF, Northern; Rachel Apa, so., F, Red Land; Kasey Elliot, sr., Red Land; Sydney Stupka, so., MF, Red Land; Dez Neil, sr., G, Shippensburg; Kara Newell, sr., MF, Shippensburg; Makenzie Smeigh, jr., F, West Perry; Bella Kruba, jr., MF, West Perry; Abigail Bogard, jr., MF, West Perry.