OLD TOWN, Maine — Coaching stability has been hard to come by for the Old Town High School field hockey program.
But the senior-laden Coyotes finally have some stability with Sarah Estes and her dad, Skip, leading them for the second straight year and they have responded with a 7-0-1 record including seven straight wins following a season-opening 0-0 overtime tie with Class C power Foxcroft Academy.
“This is the first time since sixth grade that we’ve had repeat coaches,” said senior midfielder Ali King.
“It had been like revolving doors [with coaches],” said senior midfielder Kate Rawson.
King and Rawson said the coaching stability has been beneficial and they enjoy playing for the Estes.
“They have really helped us,” said Rawson. “We expect more from ourselves now. We work hard together.”
“They’ve been amazing,” said King.
Sarah Estes said her players are dedicated to the sport and several of them play on elite teams during the offseason to improve their skills.
“They love field hockey,” said Estes who added that the middle school program has “sent us good numbers and some strong players.”
“We’ve been playing together since middle school,” said King.
“They’re a good team,” said Dexter High School co-coach Margaret Veazie. “They were good when they were freshmen and now they’re seniors. And they’re quick.”
Old Town has surrendered just two goals this season, both coming in a 3-2 win over Dexter on Tuesday.
The Coyotes have a ton of experience in the back where goalie Erica Ogden, backs Kristyn Bell, Sarah Plunkett and sweeper Taylor Bowers are all seniors. Center back Lizzy Colannino is a sophomore.
King and Rawson headline a talented midfield. Junior Natalie St. Louis and senior Elise Cyr also play in the midfield as does junior Courtney Nye. Speedster Tia Jackson, a senior, plays up front with freshman Brooke Sulinski and senior Jocy St. Jean. St. Louis and Cyr will also see service up front and sophomore Allie Pomeroy supplies depth in the back.
The Coyotes have balanced scoring with King’s five goals leading the team. St. Louis and Bell have three apiece and Sulinski has two.
Old Town has scored 18 goals.
King said the Coyotes are “excited” about their season to date and they would love to finish the regular season undefeated.
Old Town went 9-5-1 a year ago and lost to Gardiner 2-1 in overtime in their Eastern Maine Class B prelim game.
Skowhegan keeps on rolling
The Skowhegan High School Indians returned just four starters off last year’s team, which annexed the school’s third straight state Class A championship and 11th in 12 years.
But, per usual, Maine Sports Hall of Fame coach Paula Doughty and her Indians keep cranking out victories: 63 straight, to be exact, including nine this season.
“Going into this season, I thought we were going to lose a bunch of games,” said Doughty. “I really did. That’s what I told my family. They told me I was sandbagging them.
“I have been thrilled with how things have come together. We have a bunch of brand new kids nobody has heard of. It has been a lot of fun. They have worked very hard,” said Doughty.
Skowhegan has outscored its nine opponents 80-1.
The Indians again have balanced scoring.
Sophomore Brooke Michonski leads the scoring parade with 21 goals and junior Renee Wright has 19 and senior Allison Lancaster has 13. Junior Rylie Blanchet has scored seven times and senior Logan LeBlanc has five.
First-year starter Leah Kruse has been sharp in goal when called upon.
“She has been doing a great job,” said Doughty.
The formidable back line includes standout senior center back Mikayla Toth, right back Victoria Mullin and the Lupo twins, left back Heather and sweeper Holly. Both are seniors.
The midfield features Lancaster, senior Logan LeBlanc and senior Alanna Wacome while the forwards include Michonski, Wright and Blanchet.
The top reserves include sophomore forward Cassidy Clement, sophomore midfielder Lauren LeBlanc, freshman midfielder Haley Thebarge and sophomore back Mattea Powers.