A trio of regional standouts heading to the University of Maine headline the North roster for this weekend’s Maine Field Hockey Association McNally Senior All-Star Game.
The contest, which features 54 talented players from the Class of 2017, is scheduled to start at noon at Thomas College in Waterville.
The North squad, which will be coached by Paula Doughty of Skowhegan, Jan Holmes Jackson of Belfast and Nancy Hughes of Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, features three players who will begin their UMaine careers next month.
They are Abby Webber of Dexter, Brooke Sulinski of Old Town and Lydia Dexter of Messalonskee of Oakland. The North roster features 23 players.
“The kids that play in the game are some of the best field hockey players in the state,” said Doughty. “Most of them do go on and play in college.”
Miss Maine Field Hockey winner Lily Posternak of York, who is heading to Duke University, headlines the 31-member South squad.
Michele Martin-Moore of Massabesic of Waterboro, Barb Marois of York and Betsy Gilbert from Oak Hill of Sabattus will team up to coach the South squad.
In addition to the all-star game, the Maine Field Hockey Festival, hosted by the Maine Field Hockey Association, also will be held on Saturday.
This event, which will feature games from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on the Thomas campus, will benefit Camp Sunshine on Sebago Lake. The camp hosts children and their families who are dealing with cancer, hematologic conditions, renal disease, lupus, and organ transplants.
Admission to the festival is $5 for adults, $3 for students and $15 for a family.
The field hockey festival will showcase 38 teams from around the state, which will take part in 7-on-7 games.
Doughty, who directed Skowhegan to yet another Class A state championship last fall, was also happy to say that $32,000 was raised last weekend at the Battle for Breast Cancer round-robin tourney, also held at Thomas.
Eight teams participated in the event, Doughty said.
The 14-time state champion and Maine Sports Hall of Fame coach enjoys the atmosphere that All-Star Saturday provides before teams start their preseason activities in just a few weeks.
“It’s fun to work with different coaches,” Doughty said. “It’s a game where kids can get out just to enjoy each other.”
The remainder of the North roster includes Anna Baiungo and Kylie Nelson of Belfast, Reanna Boulay of Mount View of Thorndike, Central of Corinth’s Makayla Boudreau, Alli Bourget of Foxcroft, Nokomis of Newport’s Olivia Brown, Michaela Charette of John Bapst, Winthrop’s Corinna Coulton and Katriona Hajduk, Alison Corbett of Messalonskee, Kayleigh Fontaine, Leah St. Laurent and Hannah LeClair of Mt. Blue of Farmington, Angela Guy of Stearns of Millinocket, Mount Ararat of Topsham’s Haley Frizzel, Cony of Augusta’s Delaney Keithley, Sarah Morgan of Gardiner, Hope Winkin of Winslow, Skowhegan’s Haley Thebarge and Erin Morton of Oxford Hills of South Paris.