Field Hockey: Facing Life’s Challenges

From Staff Reports

APA senior Sara Rodriguez played in her final APA home field hockey game Tuesday | Staff photos

Seniors Sara Rodiguez and Megan Singleton basked in the glow of Senior Night Tuesday at Maddux Field, despite the Lady Patriots’ loss to Cary CS.

But the team, especially Singelton, knows that there is more to life than the final score.

Singleton, a senior transfer from Oakwood, was involved in an auto accident Sept. 5.

And her teammates responded.

“Megan had a rough start,” said APA forward Mary Elizabeth Morris. “She only came to a few practices because of her car accident but she has been to almost all of our games and has supported us.”

And Singleton experienced firsthand the generous spirit of the APA field hockey team

“They (the Lady Patriots) definitely have an extreme bond on this team that is unbelievable to see,” said Singleton, who lives in Greenville. “I was in a car crash three weeks ago and they’ve been nothing but supportive–watching me heal and helping me recover.”

Singleton has not been able to play since the accident. but expects to play in the Lady Patriots’ final two games (on the road Oct. 2 at Riverside HS and Oct. 11 at Cape Fear Academy).

“I haven’t played field hockey before,” said Singleton, “but the players have been the most supportive people ever, just teaching me the ins and outs of field hockey and how to work as a team.”

A lot of that support has come from senior co-captain Rodriguez, who played her final home game Sept. 26 on Senior Night vs. Cary CS, and junior co-captain Sybil Sides.

“Sarah is our main senior and our captain along with Sybil (Sides),” said Morris. “(They) push us really hard. Even if we lose we stay 100 percent positive on and off the field, and when we win still stay positive. We are never negative toward the other team.”

Much of this optimistic attitude, according to Morris, can be traced to the three coaches: Head coach Mrs. Brooks Sutton and assistant coach Ms. Whitford Wooten and Ms. Grace Dolfi.

“The coaches they really try to push us,” said Morris. “If we have rain and we miss practice they want us to work out at home so we’ll be ready the next day. And we scrimmage some which helps us improve a lot. The coaches help us and show us what we’re doing wrong and how we can improve.”


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