THOMASTON - The getting-to-know-you phase is over between the Thomaston High School field hockey team and coach Annemarie Manning.
Now in her second season, Manning, the former Watertown High School coach, is better-acquainted with not only her players, but the Berkshire League as a whole.
In what was a rebuilding year for the perennial league contenders, the Lady Bears, while winning four games, lost six games by only one goal (two in overtime) and plyed two ties, so it’s not difficult to see the team turning those results completely around beginning with the opener at Litchfield High School on Friday, September 7 at 3:45 p.m.
“ I am really looking forward to my second season at Thomaston,” said Manning.
“We have four returning seniors in Emma Kicoszewski, Haille Cash goalie Erin Fainer and Kaylyn Barberet this year, along with juniors Alexa Kowalski and Kaylee Falter, as well as sophomores Hannah Laone, Ellie Marble, McKenna O’Sullivan, Alyssa Misenti, Gianna Misenti and Bella Guerrera who are very seasoned,” said Manning.
“In addition, I have a host of freshman joining us this year in Gabriella Verdosci, Arianna Kononaj, Kaya Johnson, Leah LaChance, McKenzie Fairfax, Olivia Thier, Kristen Foell, Emma Sanson, Aurelia Barker, Olivia Grenier and goalie Sam Verdosci, and all of them going to be a huge assets in rebuilding the our program here,” said Manning, who despite limited practice opportunities due the the overly-warm weather, has liked what she has seen this far.
“That’s true,” said Mannning. “We had a very successful day at the Immaculate Play Day, and we also managed to participate in New Fairfield’s Play Day, which are important guidelines to see where we are against good competition.
“This blend of athletes is going to be very successful in the years to come and I can’t wait to see what they accomplish,” added the always-optimistic Manning.