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Nonnewaugs Scott Meyer, left, was honored as the recipient of the 2024 Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Award at the CAS-CIAC Scholar Athlete Banquet on May 5 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. (Courtesy of the CIAC)
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Nonnewaug boys soccer coach Toby Denman, left, and assistant coach Josh Kornblut address the team after a game last season. Denman says hes tried to learn how to be an effective coach by observing the ones hes played for and coached with. (Kyle Brennan)
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Nonnewaugs Ellie McDonald dribbles the ball during a game last season. McDonalds nickname is Smellie -- one of many Chief names that exist on the girls soccer team. (Courtesy of Noreen Chung)
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Deme Jones looks at students orphan portraits at Nonnewaug’s art show on June 6.
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The memorial for Chester Carruthers. (Courtesy of Find-a-Grave)
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Nonnewaug girls tennis seniors, from left, Maggie Keane, Skylar Chung, Maylan Hardisty, Kiley Stampp, Sam Duncan pose on their senior night. (Courtesy of Noreen Chung)
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Nonnewaug freshmen discuss their worries about the testing, including potential AP exams, they have to take next year.
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New Year, New Coach, New Team: Can Field Hockey Make a Comeback?

Declan Curtin
The Nonnewaug field hockey team poses after winning its first game, 1-0 over Northwestern in overtime on Sept. 12. Last spring, it looked like the Chiefs might not have enough players for a team, but an influx of new players have helped Nonnewaug put together a full roster.

WOODBURY — Six months ago, the Nonnewaug field hockey team seemingly had no hope for the 2023 season. Eight seniors left for college, leaving the team with doubts that they’d have enough players for the upcoming season. 

But along with the new year came a new coach and an influx of new players.

Janet Crocker, last year’s coach for Woodbury Middle School’s field hockey team, moved up and joined the Chiefs as the new coach.

“It broke my heart to leave the middle school, leaving a team that I loved to come up to the high school,” said Crocker. “I was happy at the middle school, but I knew the girls here at the high school needed help, and I was willing to try and help them out.” 

This year, more than 20 girls signed up for the season, which was exciting for the returning players. 

Players, including senior captain Skylar Palmer, have high hopes for the new season.

“I feel like we could actually win a couple of our games this year and actually score a couple goals,” said Palmer. “We’re actually winning games and we’re really building a sisterhood and trust in our team.”

Last year, Jadyn Heron, now a freshman at Nonnewaug, had Crocker as her coach in middle school. Heron is delighted to keep her coach as she moves up to high school. 

“[I] love Janet; she’s a queen,” Heron said. “I feel like I had someone there with me to guide me and someone who I knew I could talk to about things and to reach out to if I was struggling, and it’s one thing that has stayed the same with Janet.”

The team has started on the right foot winning their first game, 1-0 in overtime over Northwestern on Sept. 12.

About the Contributor
Deme Jones '26
Deme Jones '26, Reporter
Deme Jones is a sophomore at Nonnewaug High School who writes for the NHS Chief Advocate. This is her first year as a writer for Chief Advocate, and she hopes for a great year filled with many well-written pieces. Demetra enjoys her sports - lacrosse and field hockey -- and hopes to play in the future.
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