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Woodbridge Blue Raiders

2001 Preview ...

Returnees Give
Raiders Optimism

Forget the 1-1-14 overall record. Forget the winless conference season.

Woodbridge High School's field hockey team has.

With only three players graduating from last year's team, the Blue Raiders hope to turn the cohesiveness of the returnees into a state tournament berth in 2001.

Such a feat would rival that of the school's football team two years ago, when it went from a winless season to the state tournament.

Head coach Deborah Vanderwende returns junior goalie Nikki Youse and senior forwards Amanda Collison and Lauren Holcomb, two of the team's leading scorers last season.

Following is a capsule preview of the Raiders' 2001 season.

Head Coach: Deborah Vanderwende

2000 Record: 1-1-14 overall, 0-12-1 conference

Key Returning Players: Amanda Collison (F), Dusti Vanderwende (C MF), Lauren Holcomb (F), Nikki Youse (GK), Ashley Thompson (GK)

Key Players Lost: Kim Hertzog, Heather Pennell, Tiffany Carey

Key Newcomers: Bridgett Bitto (B), Kaylan Hunsberger (F), Connie Pleasanton (B), Michelle Zaffora (B), Amanda King (F), Stacey Willey (F)

Coach Vanderwende's Comments: "We only lost 3 players from last year, so most of these girls have experience working together. We have good numbers this year, so the bench is strong also. We would like to improve our field strategies, moving the ball and keeping possession. Wewould like to be consistent in our play and make the state tournament."

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