On Thanksgiving Wilson and Wyomissing athletes will be gobbling up field hockey ball and sticks with their mash potatoes and stuffing.
The Berks County's premier High Styx Club team will board the plane for the National Field Hockey Festival in San Deigo, California, from November 23-26.
Over 3000 girls will be participating in this tournament including four High Styx squads: two Under 16 and two Under 19 teams who are coached by Sylvia Shunk.
Members of the Wolfpack Under 19 team include Wilson standouts seniors Amanda Nigrelli, Lisa Bachman and Wyomissing's junior standout Lauren Leed.
The three athletes know what the competition is like because they attended the festival two years ago in Florida. "It is a really big tournament and you play people all over. Two years ago we competed against teams from Maryland, Virginia, and Florida. This year there is a team from Australia. I am looking forward to playing them," said Leed.
The High Styx athletes are excited for the trip even though it impedes into their Thanksgiving holiday because they have a chance to be discovered.
"You go up against the best teams in the country and the top athletes. Pennsylvania is big in field hockey and this is a chance for states that are not known for the sport to be exposed," said Bachman.
Her teammate Leed and Nigrelli added, "you have a chance to be exposed to college scouts," said Leed. "The tournament is last minute recruiting for me," said Nigrelli.
And although college scholarships and scouts are a big part of their adventure, the athletes also look forward to site seeing and getting a great tan.
"The first day we are there we are going to the San Deigo Zoo and our hotel looks over the beach," said Nigrelli.
The athletes said they will have down time to enjoy the California weather. "It is supposed to be around 80 degrees," said Bachman. Nigrelli added, "Our games end around 2p.m. so we will have time to hang out."
And on November 26, the athletes will enjoy a traditional meal with turkey and stuffing surrounded by their coaches and teammates.
"I will miss my family and would love to be with them but I will have Thanksgiving with my teammates, we are all really close," said Bachman.