The new alignment of the Berks County Field Hockey League will bring lots of changes for the Daniel Boone High School Lady Blazers. The league has gone from four divisions to three, which means things are a little shuffled.
For Daniel Boone, this means they are moving from Division 2 with Fleetwood, Conrad Weiser, Twin Valley and Muhlenberg, to Division 1 in 2012 with bigger schools like Exeter, Governor Mifflin, Muhlenberg Reading and Wilson.The top two teams in the three divisions will make the playoffs, with the final two playoff teams going to the two teams with the highest power rating.
The schedule has become tougher for the Blazers, playing the bigger schools twice a season.
On top of that, the Blazers lost 10 graduating seniors from last year so there will be a lot of fresh new faces on the team that will lack much varsity experience.
'Our main goal is to stay competitive in our inaugural year in Division 1,' said Head Coach Ashley Renshaw. 'The strength of this team is their work ethic and ability to work together on the field as a unit. The weakness is their inexperience.
The Lady Blazers will have some experienced and talented players returning. Leading the way will be 2011 All-Division selection Melissa Troyan, who will be back for her third season as a captain on the team.
'She is a versatile player who will be playing mainly forward for us this season,' said Coach Renshaw. 'Melissa has the potential to be a powerful and productive player in her senior season.'
Also back is Morgan Raneiri, who received Division 2 Honorable Mention last year. She is also a team captain.
'She is a feisty, speedy and tenacious forward,' said Renshaw. 'She has the potential to also be very productive within our offense.'
If the Lady Blazers are going to be competitive in this tough division, they will need to find some goal scorers. Last year scoring goals was a huge problem for Boone. Of the 18 games played last year, the Blazers were shutout in 11 of them.
What Coach Renshaw is hoping is that she can find goal scoring talent from some of the younger players joining the team this year. With a team as young as this one, it's hard to say just how they will play. We'll just have to wait and see.