November 25, 2008


MVP Malmberg heads up Marathon stars

MVP MalmbergBob Ellis/staff photographer
Marta Malmberg of Marathon was selected as the IAC’s most valuable player by league coaches.

Staff Writer

After claiming their 14th straight league championship, Marathon Central girls placed six players on the Interscholastic Athletic Conference field hockey first-team all-star squad.
The league coaches made the all-star selections and they voted Olympian junior midfielder Marta Malmberg the league MVP.
Malmberg scored 15 goals and dished out 38 assists this season as Marathon went 10-0 in league competition and 22-2 overall. She is sixth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 116 points on 45 goals and 71 assists.
Joining Malmberg on the first team are senior forward Tessa Knapp, senior back Kelley Braman, junior midfielder Stephanie Fiske, junior forward McKenna Light and junior sweeperback Chelsea Wood.
Rounding out the IAC First-Team all-star squad are junior forwards Kari Walkley and Aubrey Worthing, junior midfielder Meg Keene and senior midfielder Ariel Hutchinson from Tioga; Spencer-Van Etten seniors Dejah Berry (forward), Kayleigh Lehman (back) and Natash Eoe (forward); sophomore midfielders Hannah Mackey and Maria Hefferman from Moravia; Newark Valley seniors Lindsay Truesdail (midfield) and Amanda Dingman (back); plus Southern Springs junior midfielder Danielle Burnette.
Marathon placed three more players on the IAC Second-Team all-star roster as the junior trio of Dakota Ripley (back), Alexis Root (forward) and Kendra Root (back) were honored.
The remaining second team selections included Tioga juniors Tomilynn Cole (mdifield) and Katilynn Ferguson (forward); Spencer-Van Etten junior backs Chelsea Hartle and Lauren Williams; Moravia senior forwards Liz Winters and Jen McLean; Newark Valley senior forward Cathy Durand and Southern Springs sophomore midfielder Emily Haff.
Following are comments from Marathon coach Karen Funk on her first team all-stars:
Funk on Knapp: Tessa was the leading scorer on the team and in the section with 28 goals and 20 assists. She has good vision in the circle to score or pass for the assist.  Tessa was a co-captain who did many things to bring the team together on and off the field.”
Knapp, who was also a repeat Section 4, All-State selection, finishes her career with 77 goals and 34 assists for 111 points, seventh on the school’s all-time scoring list and the seventh player to top 100 career points. She has a scholarship to play field hockey at Albany next season.
Funk on Braman: “Kelley was my leader in the backfield at center back, as well as a scoring force on offensive corners. She is a co-captain who showed a lot of leadership in practices as well as games.”
Braman netted 16 goals and had six assists this season and 53 career points on 31 goals and 22 assists. She has a field hockey scholarship to attend Kent State University next fall.
Funk on Malmberg: “Marta as the center midfielder was the general on the field. Her excellent stick work and vision of the field helped her total the most assists on the team and in the section with 23. Many teams tried to double and triple team her, but she could split the seam!”
Malmberg was another repeat Section 4, All-State team selection.
Funk on Fiske: “Stephanie was a midfielder who could take over when Marta was double-teamed. She has excellent dodges and passes. Stephanie is the quiet player on the field-our secret weapon! She was a good inserter on penalty corners and scored as the post player on the back end of the play.”
Fiske had 11 goals and two assists in 2008.
Funk on Light: “McKenna was a center forward and she became the scoring force we needed when Tessa was double-teamed. McKenna had 25 goals and 12 assists this season for 37 points. She could start or finish off a fast break.”
Funk on Wood: “Chelsea would do anything to stop a ball. Her quickness to clear the ball stopped most offensive threats before the 25-yard line.”