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Field hockey players named to NFHCA National Academic squad

Last September, Canton’s Abby Charron (23) had a pair of goals in a 3-2 win over Farmington — the first win over the Indians since 2006. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Thirty-two field hockey players in the Farmington Valley are among more than 2,700 students from 344 high schools across the nation that have been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association’s (NFHCA) National Academic squad.

The program recognizes high school seniors and juniors have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5 out of 4.0 through the first quarter the of the 2017-18 school year. Six players from Granby, seven players each from Avon and Simsbury High and 12 players from Farmington were recognized.

Seven players from the Avon High field hockey team were honored — Paige Deppe, Caroline Mascoli, Lillian Satlof, Rachel Spivak, Alyssa Vicino, Sydney Walters and Sydney White.

Six players from Granby — Haley Clark, Jacqueline Grimaldi, Grace Hoeckele, Georgia Blue McDougall, Heather Salter, Taylorann Vibert – were honored along with seven from Simsbury — Ella Connaughton, Teagan Hedman, Abby Interante, Brooke Kelly, Bronwyn Mogck, Devon Murphy, Jessica Vetrano – and 12 players from Farmington — Stephanie Austin, Olivia Bottalico, Megan Caccamo, Dayna Deakin, Leia Ficks, Anna Green, Natalie Pantelopoulos, Rachel Powell, Haley Prisloe, Samantha Ruh, Isabella Spineti, Jaci Wilson.

Four players were recognized as Scholars of Distinction for having a GPA of 3.9 out of 4.0 through the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year – Farmington’s Rachel Powell, Haley Prisloe, Granby’s Georgia Blue McDougall and Simsbury’s Bronwyn Mogck.

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association has been sponsoring the National Academic awards since 2001. Keith Waldman – Optimal Performance Associates sponsored the awards program this fall.

Since 2009, the Collinsville Press has been providing award-winning coverage of sports and news in the Farmington Valley and across Connecticut.

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