The Sequoits Take On St. Louis

The varsity field hockey team competes for a trophy in the annual Gateway Classic tournament.


Sarah Smith

The varsity field hockey team battled for a title in the Gateway Classic tournament over Labor Day weekend. The team lost two games and won one game after being delayed due to a tornado warning. Playing their rescheduled game at 6:40 in the morning was a surprising benefit for the performance of the team, resulting in the girls winning 4-0.

Over Labor Day weekend, the girls varsity field hockey team traveled to Maryland Heights, Missouri to compete in the annual Gateway Classic field hockey tournament. The Gateway Classic is the largest high school girls tournament in the country, consisting of 74 teams from multiple states including Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oklahoma and more.

The team came out of the weekend with a record of 1-2-0. After a tough loss in their first game, the girls came out strong at sunrise on Saturday and defeated their opponents 4-0. 

“The competition impacts the team because when we lose a game everyone’s mood goes down and we can’t get down on ourselves,” freshman goalie Allie Curry said. “We have to learn from our mistakes in the first game and fix them in the second game.” 

The improvement of the teams performance after the first game is progress that the team hopes to see as the season continues. Varsity coach Terry Dewing has high hopes for this season and plans to improve the team’s record by the end of the season.

“I think this team has good chemistry,” Dewing said. “I witnessed it today in our first game. When I was able to get athletes in the right position the chemistry was evident. [I hope to] continue to improve with every game and make it into [the] playoffs.”

The team is hoping to continue to grow this season and have a better record than previous years. The girls are ready to take on the regular season starting this week.