November 23, 2013
Champion Marathon has all-star shine
After claiming its 20th division title of head coach Karen Funk’s 40-year career, Marathon Central was honored by having a handfulof stickers named Section 4 Division III first-team field hockey all-stars.
The Olympians (10-0 division, 12-3) overall) saw senior midfielder Eryn Griep, senior forward Cienna Morrison, sophomore midfielder Alyx Kirchner, sophomore sweeper Marissa Harris and junior back Alison Eaton honored by the coaches.
Joining the Marathon five were senior forward Becca Bouyea, senior forward Chelsea Tanco, senior back Mara Wood and junior midfielder Addy O’Rourke from Owego; the Tioga trio of junior midfielder Dani Barto, senior midfielder Deanna Hutchison and sophomore forward Taylor Ayers; Newark Valley senior forward Miranda Craft and junior back Sam Benjamin; junior midfielder Diana Hingston and senior goalkeeper Samantha Merical from Moravia and Spencer-Van Etten senior midfielder Sam Klimekoski.
As for Section 4 Division III Second Team All-Stars, Marathon had three more honorees.
Senior midfielder Caitlin Serowik, senior back Caroline Chaffinch and senior back Shalind Hall were the Olympians honored.
Rounding out the Division III Second Team are Owego sophomores Bri Ulrich (goalkeeper) and Jadyn Dodge (midfielder); Tioga senior sweeper Kylee Dow and junior back Anna Evanek; the Newark Valley junior midfielder duo of Sierra Post and Hannah Luszczek; senior back Samantha Jayne of Moravia and Spencer-Van Etten senior goalkeeper Kaitlyn Baker.
Marathon coach Karen Funk comments on her first team selections.
Funk on Griep: “Eryn was the ‘General’ on the team as the center midfielder. She has excellent stickwork and field sense. She was involved in scoring in all but three of the 17 games played. Eryn was instrumental in transitioning team play from defense to offense. A striker on offensive corners and a flyer on defensive corners, Eryn played the full 100-yard field. Well respected by her teammates, she was a leader on and off the field.”
Griep led the Olympians in scoring with 15 goals and 10 assists for 25 points. She finishes her career with 23 goals and 16 assists for 39 points.
Funk on Morrison: “Cienna was a third-year varsity player at the forward position and she was able to play any position on the forward line. Excellent receiving and passing skills, Cienna was able to see the open player in the circle. Se was the second leading scorer on the team.”
Morrison scored 11 goals and dished out four assists for 15 points. She finishes her Marathon career with 27 goals and eight assists.
Funk on Eaton: “Alison was our junior captain. She transitioned from a midfielder to the center back position this season, and with her speed and endurance was critical in developing a strong backfield that allowed just 12 goals scored against the team in 17 games. Alison filled in as a goalkeeper in three games this season, having never played in that position in the past.”
Funk on Harris: “Marissa was a sophomore playing the sweeper back position. She was part of the new back field that also included a new goal keeper. Marissa was fearless and led by her example of the unit being aggressive on defense. She also played as a striker or stopper on offensive corners.”
Despite being a defensive standout, Harris scored two goals and handed out five assists.
Funk on Kirchner: “Alyx was a sophomore midfielder and. when needed, in the backfield. She played on both offensive and defensive corners. Alyx’s speed, field sense and stickwork were critical in the teams’ success this season.”
Kirchner scored two goals and had two assists this season.
Greip Section 4 All-State
Eryn Greip earned another honor as one of nine Section 4 All-State selections.
The Olympian senior joined Vestal seniors Tori Jo Kakusian and Emily Barnard, Owego senior Becca Bouyea, Greene senior Katherine Klecham Sidney senior Hannah Wood, Binghamton Seton Catholic junior Maura Ingraham, plus Whitney Point senior Lexi Benscoter and junior Taylor Clink on the select squad.
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