14 selected All-State for field hockey

Published 3:27 pm Friday, December 27, 2019

York County high schools had 14 players selected to the Class 3 All-State field hockey team.

York County once again had a strong year for field hockey. Tabb High School, Poquoson High School and York High School all had strong years, which resulted in some postseason success, with Poquoson competing in its second consecutive state title game.

Poquoson had a dominant season once again, breezing through the competition throughout the Bay Rivers District and throughout the region. They went on to achieve another state title berth before falling to James Monroe High School. They led all York County schools with seven selections, which included five first team All-State selections. Samantha Johnson, Skyler Brown, Samantha Grimes, Abby Barefoot and Maddie Duncan were all selected first team All-State.

Libbie Harper and Avery Jackson were both selected second team All-State. Coach Darcy Chiappazzi was excited to see her players get recognized for all of the hard work they put in over the course of the season, even if it didn’t result in a state title. A big reason for the success the Lady Islanders were able to have this season was the ability to keep a positive composure when hit with adversity.

“I am very happy and proud of all my athletes,” Chiappazzi said. “Being selected as an All-State athlete is a big accomplishment. I am appreciative that their talent is recognized.”

Tabb had four All-State selections, with all of them coming on the first team. Gracie Roberts and Kate Fiest were selected at forward and defender, respectively. Lauren Holbrook and Bella Klekar were also selected first team All-State. The Lady Tigers had a strong season, which included a region championship appearance and then went on to play in the state tournament and gaining a quarterfinal win.

York had three selections, with Brianna Balser being selected first team All-State while Elise Reichle and Julia Skinner were selected second team All-State. The Lady Falcons had a strong regular season, which included plenty of strong wins and a couple of win streaks of at least three games. Even though they fell to Tabb in the region semifinals, York earned a bid to the state tournament. They, like Tabb, earned a quarterfinal win after they defeated Independence High School.

With all of the selections all three schools were able to accumulate, it shows the long-standing field hockey talent in the area and the success each team has been able to have over the past few years.