SCHEDULE: J’BURG GIRLS
Sept. 14 — H: Corinth, 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 16 — A: @ Hoosick Falls, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 19 — H: Warrensburg, 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 21 — A: @ North Warren, 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 23 — H: Greenwich, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 — H: Granville, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 3 — A: @ Corinth, 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 5 — A: @ Warrensburg, 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 7 — A: @ Salem, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 12 — H: North Warren, 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 14 — Non-league game, details TBA
Oct. 17 — Non-league game, details TBA
The small school's field hockey squad had a disappointing season last year, said coach Jill Toney, but they're hungry to get back to the top.
Johnsburg Central is the smallest school to field a squad in varsity field hockey in the Adirondack League and in section two, said Toney.
Though she has a small pool to draw from, the team works hard, she said. Most of the girls on the varsity squad started playing in fourth grade, and have played together since.
“I get the best of the best kids we've got here at school,” said Toney.
“They're a very smart group of young ladies, you can give them new things and they pick it up quickly.”
Her team features a dozen seniors this year, with a few underclassmen playing, too. Especially notable, said the coach, is Shannon Ovitt.
Ovitt just moved up from junior varsity this year to take over primary goalkeeping duties.
“All the teams in our league are really good,” said Ovitt. “I have to make sure I step myself up.”
Sierra Galusha, one of the team's seniors, said Toney is a coach who knows her squad's abilities and gets them to reach their best.
Unfortunately, the field isn't at its best. Toney said the playing field is suffering from a grub problem, and the large, brown spots on the field might reduce their number of home games. She was worried that the many seniors on her squad might have to play their last scheduled home game away because of its condition.
Right now, Toney is focusing the team on their stickwork and good decision-making during plays.
Senior Jillian Urvonowicz said, “We're hoping to win and kick everybody's butt!”